Sunday 21 December 2008 

Pietersen Admits England Can Only Draw In Mohali

Pietersen Admits England Can Only Draw In Mohali
Pietersen Admits England Can Only Draw In Mohali
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England captain Kevin Pietersen has admitted that his side are unlikely to win the second Test against India in Mohali and that his side will be "happy" to take a draw. India lead the series 1-0 after India won by six wickets in Chennai.

Pietersen hit 144 on day three to help his side reach 282 for six at stumps but two late wickets left India in charge despite Pietersen's 15th Test century.

I'm afraid we are out of the test, it is difficult to win the game," he said. "If we could have batted a session into the game we could have forced ourselves into the game.

"Now we'll be happy to get a draw out of the game."

England were travelling nicely with Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff (62) batting together before both men were dismissed late on.

"To lose myself and Freddie was very very frustrating," he said. "My decision could have gone my way and with Freddie, well it's amazing how the light changes in a couple of minutes."

Pietersen, though, did complete 1,000 Test runs in a year for the third year in a row, a record he shares with Brian Lara, Matthew Hayden and Marcus Trescothick and he became the first right-hander to achieve the feat.

"I love batting, that is what I am born to do," Pietersen said. "Batting in India is special, there are fantastic crowds and knowledgeable people.

"To come back after what has happened and score runs here is really special," he said.

England returned to India after the Mumbai terror attacks forced them to abort their One Day International series with two matches remaining.

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