Pietersen Helps England to 457-Run Lead in India Cricket Test

Kevin Pietersen’s double century led England to a 457-run lead over India after day two of their opening cricket Test at Lord’s in London.

Pietersen finished 202 not out, his 18th career century and first in England since August 2008, as the hosts declared on 474-8. India reached 17-0 at stumps.

Matt Prior scored 71 and Jonathan Trott had 70 for England. Praveen Kumar took five wickets for India in the absence of injured fast-bowler Zaheer Khan.

England added 32 runs onto its overnight total of 127-2 before Trott was out leg before wicket off of Kumar. Ian Bell and Eoin Morgan were then lost within four balls, leaving the hosts at 270-5.

Petersen and Prior had a 120-run partnership before Kumar got Prior and Stuart Broad on consecutive balls.

Pietersen continued adding to his total and a four brought him to 173, making him 12th English batsman to reach 6,000 runs in his career. After a final four gave him 202, captain Andrew Strauss declared.

Khan took 2-18 in yesterday’s rain-shortened play before leaving with a hamstring strain. He received treatment during play today and may be available for the second innings.

The match is the 2,000th in the 134 years of elite Test cricket. England can overtake India as the top team in the International Cricket Council rankings if it wins the four-match series by two Tests or more.

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