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Thursday, June 5, 2008

Pietersen century saves England !!!!

Kevin Pietersen's century helped his team to get the total to 273 for seven after a slump on the first day of the third and final Test against New Zealand on Thursday.
Pietersen scored 115 for his 12th Test century. He added 161 with wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose, who made 67, for the sixth wicket . England need only a draw here to get a series victory after drawing at Lord's and winning the second Test at Old Trafford.
Pietersen, in his 39th Test, reached his century after tea with a cover drive for 4 off Chris Martin. He celebrated animatedly by jumping in the air and pumping his fist and was warmly applauded by home crowd.
England's slump began when Strauss fell just after lunch when he try to chase a wide Kyle Mills ball to give Ross Taylor a head high catch at first slip for 37.
Ian Bell got out lbw for dead duck to Iain O'Brien after facing just three balls. Paul Collingwood , also lasted four balls for no runs and also got out for a duck , edging Mills to Taylor at slip.
Tim Ambrose, who scored a hundred against New Zealand in his second Test in March, supported well Pieteresen, though the Black Caps may have fed his favoured square cut too often with short and wide deliveries.
O'Brien, returned Test best figures of four for 61 from 20 overs at stumps.
Alastair Cook , bowled off his inside edge by Mills for six, and Michael Vaughan , who was bowled for 16 after missing a straight O'Brien delivery, fell before lunch.
At the end of the day Stuart Broad was 15 not out

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