Pietersen hammers Sri Lanka on day 3 in Colombo

April 5, 2012
by Binguyen
Kevin Pietersen

2nd Test, Colombo
Sri Lanka 275 & 4/0 v England 460

A Kevin Pietersen century was the star attraction on day 3 in Colombo, as England took control of the second Test match against Sri Lanka.

England started the day on 154/1, still trailing Sri Lanka by 121 runs, knowing they had to bat well in order to secure a healthy lead. Just before the close, England were all out for 460, before Sri Lanka finished the day on 4/0 trailing England by 181 runs.

England’s dominant position was largely down to Pietersen who made 151 from just 165 balls in a scintillating display. Pietersen struck 16 fours, and 6 sixes on his way to his 20th Test match hundred. For all other batsmen in this Test scoring at a quick rate was impossible on a slow surface, but not for Pietersen, who played a mixture of sweep shots, as well as using his feet to the spin bowlers.

Pietersen was well supported today by Alastair Cook (94) and Jonathan Trott (64). Despite no other player recording a half century, England had still put themselves into a commanding position going into day 4.

Yet again Rangana Herath picked up six wickets in an innings, as he finished with figures of 6/133 from a mammoth 53 overs.

England will come hard at Sri Lanka tomorrow morning as they look to level the series, and keep hold of their number 1 ranking in this form of the game.

The Scoop 05/04/2012


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