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December 21, 2008
India v England
Kevin Pietersen
Test 2 Day3
0.3 Khan to Strauss, OUT, gone! An early strike for India as Zaheer sends down a very full delivery, Strauss comes across his crease and is struck in front of middle and leg stumps.

1.1 Sharma to Bell, OUT, gone! And another one goes, Sharma strikes first ball with a full ball that shapes back. Bell goes for a drive and gets a little inside edge which takes the ball straight into middle stump.

44.6 Mishra to Pietersen, 1 run, there it is, a brilliant hundred from Pietersen as he sweeps out to deep square leg. His 15th Test century and he salutes the whole ground.

71.1 Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, OUT, what a time to strike, Harbhajan traps Pietersen from around the wicket, the ball pitched in line and straightened and umpire Rauf thought that was fine. It looked good first up and it was hitting leg stump on the replays.

72.6 Mishra to Flintoff, OUT, and another one falls, what a strike, Mishra has Flintoff caught low at short leg. A superb catch from Gambhir under the helmet as Flintoff gets an inside edge onto his pad. Anderson took a single to expose Flintoff again and he hasn't survived. Should Anderson have taken the whole over? That's what he was sent out to do.

Kevin Pietersen Pietersen leads England fightback

Kevin Pietersen led a remarkable England fightback after they lost two wickets in their first overs of the day for just a run. His 15th Test century was a fluent effort with him favouring the on-side and using the sweep and the flick with aplomb. Pietersen was involved in two century-partnerships, with Alastair Cook and Andrew Flintoff, scoring runs freely despite the two early setbacks to help England safely avoid the follow-on. He was particularly harsh on Harbhajan Singh, whom he took for 39 in 42 balls, including an audacious switch-hit over midwicket for six, and looked to have built a match-turning stand with Flintoff, who made a determined 62. However, his dismissal to Harbhajan at the death, against the run of play, helped India wrest the momentum from England and finish day three on top.
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