Angry Pietersen fumes over leg before decision
England captain Kevin Pietersen expressed disappointment over the leg before decision that ended his epic 144-run knock, insisting he played it down the leg side and still got out.cricket Updated: Dec 21, 2008 19:39 IST
England captain Kevin Pietersen on Sunday expressed disappointment over the leg before decision that ended his epic 144-run knock, insisting he played it down the leg side and still got out.
Coming out to bat when his side was struggling at one for two, Pietersen lead from the front, first adding 131 runs with Alastair Cook (50) and then raising 149 with Andrew Flintoff (62) before Harbhajan Singh trapped leg before in the penultimate over of the day.
Far from being happy with Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf's decision, a dejected Pietersen said, "It was frustrating to lose wickets at the end of the day, to lose myself and Freddie was very, very frustrating. My decision could have gone my way."
Asked if felt so because he had nicked it, Pietersen said, "I didn't hit it, I played down the line of leg-stump and could have been given the benefit of the doubt. But you win some, you lose some and I'm out."