Low after the high
- Trouble mounts for Sreesanth as Mumbai cops gather more evidence
- SIT to seek Supreme Court guidance on Maya Kodnani death penalty issue
- Tamil Nadu police bans Yasin Malik-linked pro-Eelam public meeting
- Kings XI Punjab end IPL 2013 campaign with a win
- Narendra Modi: India losing sheen as agricultural nation
Pietersen shimmied down the pitch for Jadeja's second half-pitcher and thumped it to midwicket for three. Then, forcing Jadeja to drop it short again by leaving his crease early, he skied one powerfully over the bowler's head for four. At the other end, Jonathan Trott, who had survived a great appeal from Sharma early on, looked to sweep his way out of trouble. But after taking a closer look at Pietersen dealing with the tweakers, especially Piyush Chawla just before lunch, Trott was a convert.
Chawla, right arm googly, had managed to fool Trott by bowling six non-turning leggies in the previous over. But KP knew better. He dumped one such non-turner to the mid-on fence before picking Chawla's comfort ball early and firing the googly near cow corner. Trott liked what he saw, so he skated down to Jadeja next over and played the stroke of the morning session — a whistling on-drive for four. KP and JT took lunch unbeaten on 28 each, having galvanised the attack with plenty of ball-point dots on the scorer's sheet. It could have ballooned into a recovery in the second session had Trott not nodded off.
With no runs on offer and negligible room to work the ball for singles, Trott, six short of his fifty, shouldered arms to one of Jadeja's stump-to-stump balls. He lost off. Eighteen overs hence and just 37 runs added, a suffocated Pietersen played his first reckless stroke of the day -- an uppish flick through square off Jadeja. That short-square-midwicket man had waited all day.
(Log on to www.indianexpress.com for exclusive live and outrageously entertaining audio commentary of England's tour of India.)
live on star cricket: 9:30 am
- Quake-hit and shaken, Bhaderwah spends nights in the open
- UP blast accused dies on way to jail, govt wanted to drop case against him
- Former civil aviation secy changes mind, seeks airport security exemption as EC
- BCCI suspects Gujarat players in other teams were also approached
- Mumbai police say they too may seek custody of arrested pacer
- Chhattisgarh 'encounter' leaves 8 villagers dead, no Maoist link yet