Indian opener Virender Sehwag hammered a double-century to help his cricket team battle back against Pakistan's huge first-innings total, on the third day of the third and final test in Bangalore.

The 26-year-old Sehwag's 201 Saturday was his 10th century in 34 test appearances and took India to 379-6 at stumps in response to Pakistan's 570. India still trails by 191 runs.

Sehwag's five and one-half-hour knock included 28 boundaries and two sixes from 262 deliveries.

An unbeaten half century by V.V.S. Laxman and his 31-run sixth-wicket partnership with Dinesh Karthik took India past the follow-on mark. Laxman was batting on 51 at stumps with Irfan Pathan still to open his account.

Sehwag says India needs to score another 100 runs Sunday to put pressure on Pakistan. He believes that would leave the visitors with the dilemma of whether to set India a target or play for a draw.