We'll be happy to get a draw: Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen said England will be happy to come away with a draw from the second Test against India despite the captain scoring a masterly 144 on the third day of play.cricket Updated: Dec 21, 2008 20:39 IST
Kevin Pietersen said England will be happy to come away with a draw from the second Test against India despite the captain scoring a masterly 144 on the third day of play on Sunday.
Pietersen stroked his 15th test century and added 149 runs for the fifth wicket with all rounder Andrew Flintoff (62) only for both to be dismissed in the final two overs of the day.
England were 282 for six at stumps replying to India's first innings 453 all out, dimming hopes of a series-levelling win.
"I'm afraid we are out of the test, it is difficult to win the game," he told reporters. "If we could have batted a session into the game we could have forced ourselves into the game.
"Now we'll be happy to get a draw out of the game."
Pietersen was trapped leg before by off spinner Harbhajan Singh as he pushed forward in the penultimate over. Television replays suggested the ball would have hit leg stump.
Flintoff fell to a bat-pad catch against leg spinner Amit Mishra off the final delivery, before the umpires called off play due to poor light towards the end of the extended final session.
"To lose myself and Freddie was very very frustrating," he said. "My decision could have gone my way and with Freddie, well it's amazing how the light changes in a couple of minutes."
Pietersen completed 1,000 test runs for the third year in a row, emulating Caribbean batsman Brian Lara, Australia's Matthew Hayden and compatriot Marcus Trescothick.
"I love batting, that is what I am born to do," Pietersen said. "Batting in India is special, there are fantastic crowds and knowledgeable people.
"To come back after what has happened and score runs here is really special," he said. England resumed their aborted tour after security assurances following last month's militant siege in Mumbai which killed 179 people.
India won the first test in Chennai by six wickets.
First Published: Dec 21, 2008 19:46 IST