'Outplayed again,' admits KP

Tourists eye chance for redemption in final two games

Last Updated: 26/11/08 6:57pm

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Pietersen: scored century in losing cause

Pietersen: scored century in losing cause

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"I said I want to keep the series competitive and it certainly was today. We want to try to keep it competitive and nick two games off India."
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Kevin Pietersen took solace in the fact England had at least made the fifth one-day international against India a "competitive" affair.

Pietersen struck an unbeaten 111 to lead the tourists to 270-4, a total that was overhauled by India with 38 balls to spare.

Virender Sehwag's 73-ball 91 at the top of the order and solid half-centuries from Sachin Tendulkar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Suresh Raina secured a six-wicket success.

India lead the seven-match series 5-0 and have the opportunity to press for a humiliating whitewash in the final two games.

"I thought it (270) was very competitive but I can see why they fielded first, the dew was a bit of a nightmare," Pietersen told Sky Sports, referring to his bowlers having to deal with the damp evening conditions under the Cuttack floodlights.

Praise for openers

"But we have been outplayed again, Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar made great knocks at the top of the order.

"I said I want to keep the series competitive and it certainly was today. We want to try to keep it competitive and nick two games off India."

Paul Collingwood, who scored 40 and shared an 89-run stand with Pietersen, added: "We thought it was a par score but it's very hard to know what a par score is against a team that are playing so well.

"But they came out and hit us pretty hard again, really took the game away from us in the first 20 overs.

"When you get on a run like this it's very difficult to get out of it.

"One thing we have got in the dressing room is a very good team spirit and morale. We are getting beat and it hurts a lot but it's amazing how much the guys are sticking together and trying to come up with a formula to take the Indians on.

"It hasn't been good enough at the moment but everyone wants to improve and win the last two games."

Team effort

India captain Dhoni hailed a "good team effort" and is hopeful the hosts can continue their dominance in the final two games of the series, in Guwahati on Saturday and Delhi three days later.

"We didn't get the best of starts but the spinners did their job in the middle and helped restrict England to 270 when it seemed they would get near 300.

"Overall it was a good team effort, especially by the bowlers in the middle and at the end.

"The remarkable thing in the series has been the bowling, we have improved and hopefully will do well in the last two games."

Rohit Sharma, who scored the winning runs, added: "It was a great performance. Credit goes to everyone, we batted really well.

"I'm still in a learning process, it's going very well for me. Sachin Tendulkar is back in the side so there is plenty to learn from him.

"There are two more games to go and we will try to win those as well."

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