New Delhi: Chasing 474 runs, India were 17 without any loss at the stumps with Abhinav Mukund (8*) and Gautam Gambhir (7*) at the crease on the second day of first Test match at the Lord’s in London on Friday.

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England’s devastating middle order batsman Kevin Pietersen struck an unbeaten 202 runs against India as the hosts declared their first innings at 474/8.

KP achieved this milestone in 326 balls and smashed 21 fours and one dazzling six in his blistering knock.This was his third double century in the Test career.

Earlier, Praveen Kumar’s back to back successes in the form of Matt Prior (71) and Stuart Broad for duck put India back into the game.

Stuart Broad became Praveen’s fifth victim in the match at Lord’s. This was his maiden five wicket haul in Test career.

Prior slammed 17th half century on second day of the Test match. He took 72 balls to complete his half century against India and struck five beautiful boundaries.

Kevin Pietersen and Matt Prior resumed batting against India after tea.

Indian pacer Praveen Kumar took back to back wickets in the form of Ian Bell and Eoin Morgan.

Praveen claimed both the English batsmen—Bell (45) and Morgan for duck in his 29th over.

Bell was involved in 110 runs partnership for the fourth wicket with Pietersen before he was caught by wicketkeeper Dhoni.

Morgan who came to replace Bell was sent back in the same over.

Earlier, England middle order batsman Kevin Pietersen slammed 18th Test century on second day.

Pietersen (102*) took 217 balls to complete his ton which includes ten fours. This is KP’s fourth century against India.

Pietersen and Bell resumed batting against India after lunch.

Zaheer Khan's absence was felt as Kevin Pietersen stroked his way to an unbeaten half-century to steer England to 217 for 3 at lunch.

Pietersen was unbeaten on 71 and Ian Bell on 28 as England added 90 runs to their overnight score of 127 for two.

Pietersen, who is not in the best of form despite three fifties in the last six Tests, negated some smart field settings by the Indians.

Absence of India's bowling spearhead Zaheer, who went away from the field with a right hamstring strain yesterday and was declared unfit to bowl for rest of England's first innings, definitely helped England.

No less benevolent were the conditions as England batted under the sun, a contrast to first day when only 49.2 overs of play was possible due to rain and bad light.

The only moment of cheer for the Indians came in the first session when Praveen Kumar trapped Jonathan Trott lbw, after the right-arm swing bowler had switched his bowling ends.

Trott, resuming at 58 on Friday morning, batted for 228 minutes, facing 140 balls,  struck nine fours during his crucial 70-run knock.

This was a good switch of ends for Praveen Kumar who bowled his second spell at 6-2-7-1 and could have had Pietersen too but for a muffed chance at leg slip.

Pietersen had a close call on 49 when he clipped Kumar down the legside uppishly and Rahul Dravid, posted specifically for the moment, caught it on half volley.

The third umpire's intervention was called in, which ruled in the favour of batsman.

Pietersen duly reached his half-century with a single at mid-on, having batted 198 minutes and 134 balls and hitting five fours during his knock.

Ian Bell was circumspect but came on to his own when he swept Harbhajan Singh to square leg fence and later cut him twice for boundaries on the off-side against the turn.

Pietersen too tried to take on Harbhajan by lofting him over mid-off in a predominantly onside field, including two short mid-on, placed to take advantage of batsman's tendency to whip across the line.

The 50-run stand for the fourth wicket came in just 83 balls.

India's bowling, in the absence of Zaheer, looked rusty and Ishant Sharma disappointed with his length.

The tall medium-fast bowler bowled too short despite a plea from the coach Duncan Fletcher to his bowlers to pitch it up.


Andrew Strauss (capt), Alistair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Eoin Morgan, Matt Prior (wk), Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Chris Tremlett.

India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt & wk), Gautam Gambhir, Abhinav Mukund, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Praveen Kumar, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma.

Umpires:  Billy Bowden (New Zealand) and Asad Rauf (Pakistan).
Third umpire: Marais Erasmus (South Africa)
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (Sri Lanka)