Pietersen And Kumar Shine As Test Comes Alive
England 474-8 dec. (Pietersen 202no, Kumar 5-106) v
First Test, Lord's, day two
Kevin Pietersen scored an imperious unbeaten double-century as England posted 474 for eight before declaring on day two of the opening Test against India at Lord's.
Half-centuries from Jonathan Trott (70) and Matthew Prior (71) set England up for a handy score before Praveen Kumar's five-wicket haul pegged them back.
India then survived a tricky period before stumps and reached the close on 17 without loss.
Resuming on 127 for two, Trott and Pietersen stretched their third-wicket partnership to 98 before Trott was trapped in front by a Kumar inswinger having added just 12 runs to his overnight score.
Ian Bell then stroked a fluent 45 in 76 balls with five fours as Pietersen progressed from a circumspect start and began to dominate the bowling.
Bell became Kumar's next victim when he edged to wicket-keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Kumar struck again three balls later when Morgan was also caught behind but without scoring.
Missing Zaheer Khan through injury and with Ishant Sharma and Harbhajan Singh both proving ineffective, Dhoni took off his wicket-keeping gear and bowled eight overs himself. England did not embarrass themselves by offering him a wicket although part-time off-spinner Suresh Raina did break through late on to bowl Graeme Swann for 24.
By then, Pietersen was in top gear and arguably playing as well as he ever has, helping himself to 21 fours and one six and making batting look easy - which it certainly wasn't when Kumar was moving the ball prodigiously in the air.
Prior made 71 in 93 balls, hitting seven fours as England accelerated and Pietersen approached his third Test double-century, fairly racing through his fourth 50 as he began to run out of partners.
Kumar was on a hat-trick in the evening session when he had Prior caught by Dhoni and then Stuart Broad trapped in front and he finished with five for 106 as well as his name on the famous Lord's honours board.
Indian openers Gautam Gambhir (7) and Abhinav Mukund (8) then showed no ill-effects of fielding all day by seeing off an opening burst with the new ball from Chris Tremlett and James Anderson.
India won the toss and chose to bowl on the opening day, which was ended well before it was due by rain.
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