England’s double-centurion Kevin Pietersen described his innings as a “mission” after his 202 not out put the hosts in a promising position after the second day of the first npower Test against India at Lord’s.
Pietersen survived a few scares en route to his 18th Test century, and once he passed the 200 mark captain Andrew Strauss declared, with England on 474 for eight and India’s openers batted through to the close on 17 without loss.
Pietersen said: “It was quite nice from 150 to 200, but to get there was a mission. It was just great to bat with the other lads. I found it quite hard and a couple of the other boys came in and scored quickly and that took the pressure off me. It is always nice to get the team into a position where we can hopefully do something in this Test match. I haven’t had the best couple of years, I had a pretty good winter but there are a lot of players in that dressing room that are doing really well.”
Praveen Kumar took his first international five-for as he replaced the injured Zaheer Khan as the tourists’ frontline seamer, removing both Eoin Morgan and Stuart Broad for ducks.