Pietersen, Panesar and Swann steady England as India slump

2012-11-26 00:00

MUMBAI — Kevin Pietersen, with a brilliant innings of 186, and spinners Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann had taken England to within a whisker of levelling the series, as India slumped to 117 for seven at stumps on the third day of the second Test in Mumbai yesterday.

Gautam Gambhir was on a determined 53 and Harbhajan Singh had a single at the end of play, as India established a paltry 31-run lead.

Panesar finished the day on 5-61 – 10 wickets in the match – and Swann had 2-39.

Earlier, Pragyan Ojha took 5-143 to help dismiss England on the stroke of tea for 413 – a lead of 86.

Resuming the day on 178 for two, Alastair Cook brought up his 22nd Test century, equalling the England record for most Test tons in a career.

Three overs later, Kevin Pietersen also brought up his 22nd Test ton, as the two combined for a third-wicket partnership of 206.

Cook went first, edging Ravichandran Ashwin to Mahendra Singh Dhoni behind the stumps for 122.

Jonny Bairstow (nine) fell on the stroke of lunch, when he got a leading edge to Pragyan Ojha, trying to turn a length ball to leg. The ball went chest-high to Gambhir at silly point, who got hands to it after it hit his chest.

There was a possibility that the ball rebounded from his torso onto his helmet grille before he took it, but the umpires did not review the incident and took the players off the field.

Pietersen departed after lunch for a masterful 186, and only Matt Prior (21) added any value to the total thereafter before he was run out.

All the Indian spinners got their names in the wickets column as Ashwin finished with 2-145 and Harbhajan Singh picked up the remaining two for 74 runs. — Supersport.com.

SCORES IN BRIEF

India first innings: 327 (C Pujara 135, M Panesar 5-129). England first innings: 413 (K Pietersen 186, A Cook 122, P Ojha 5-143). India second innings :117 for seven (G Gambhir 53, M Panesar 5-61). — SuperSport.com

* Pictures and detailed scores of this Test series are unavailable because of the on-going boycott by news agencies.

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