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KP cracks it for England

KP puts India to the word as England take charge

Pietersen: 11th Test ton

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Kevin Pietersen scored his ninth test century for England on Sunday to help set India a target of 380 runs to win the first test at Lord's.

He scored 134 as England was bowled out for 282 by tea on the fourth day with India seamer Rudra Pratap Singh taking 5-59, his first five-wicket haul.

Pietersen, who put on 119 runs for the sixth wicket with Matthew Prior (42), was out attempting a pull shot that edged the ball onto his own stumps.

It was Pietersen's third hundred in his past four tests at Lord's. Playing in his 28th test, Pietersen has now scored a century against every country he's played against.

In one over off

Anil Kumble

, the South African-born batsman hit the legspinner for a four to bring up his century and then hit a six down the ground.

Pietersen, who began the day on 11, survived two leg-before-wicket appeals from Shanthakumaran Sreesanth. The first by an inside edge in the opening over and the next by hitting him too high on a pad in the fourth.

Pietersen recorded his third 50 against India with a a single through square leg off Singh.

Prior and Chris Tremlett departed in consecutive balls, both off the bowling of Zaheer Khan. Prior got a thick edge to a ball to wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, and Khan then bowled Tremlett.

Four overs later, Ryan Sidebottom was caught by Rahul Dravid for 9 after edging a delivery from Kumble to leave England on 266 for 8 wickets.

Singh's fifth wicket was Monty Panesar, who he trapped lbw for 3 to end England's second innings.

Singh took advantage
of the pitch's variable bounce and managed to vary his line and length to take the wickets of Michael Vaughan (30), Paul Collingwood (4) and Ian Bell (9) for a total of 30 runs.

Vaughan, who had resumed on 16, hit a four down to third man off Singh to bring up England's 100 in the seventh over of the day.

But he was out next ball to an inswinger that went between bat and pad to knock over his off stump.

Collingwood only lasted three balls. He was surprised by a lifting delivery from the 21-year-old left-arm paceman and gloved it to V.V.S Laxman at second slip.

Singh then troubled Bell with a ball didn't bounce high enough to pull and he dragged it onto his stumps.

England had resumed at 77-2 after opening up a 174-run lead on a rain-interrupted Saturday. England had restricted India to 201 with fast bowler James Anderson taking his test best figures of 5-42.

England made 298 in its first innings.

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