Pietersen’s double powers England

A double century from Kevin Pietersen (202*) has England in a strong position at stumps on day two of the first Test with India at Lord’s.

Kevin Pietersen reached his century from 216 balls and 202 from just 326 deliveries, of which only 25 balls were used to complete his final fifty.

England declared their innings at 8-474. In response, India finish the day at 0-17, trailing by 457 runs.

England resumed their first innings at 2-127. Jonathan Trott (70) added just 12 runs to his overnight score before he was trapped in front by Praveen Kumar.

Pietersen was joined by Ian Bell (45) at the crease, the pair added 110 runs in just under 30 overs as they scored runs freely against an Indian bowling attack who were was missing the services of spearhead Zaheer Khan (2-18).

Indian captain MS Dhoni bowled eight overs as to given rest to the main bowlers. Dhoni nearly had his first Test wicket, with Pietersen given out caught behind, but was denied after DRS.

Bell’s and Eoin Morgan, both went in one over to Praveen Kumar.

Matt Prior smashed 71 with help of seven boundaries before getting out to kumar.

Kumar got his five-wicket haul with the very next ball as Stuart Broad was out for a duck.

Graeme Swann (24) joined Pietersen at the wicket and guided him towards his double-century. Swann was bowled by part-timer Suresh Raina (1-25).

India openers Gautam Gambhir and Abhinav Mukund negotiated their way to stumps, although Chris Tremlett could have trapped the latter in front had his delivery not been a no-ball.

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