LONDON, July 22 (IANS): India were 17/0 in reply to England's 474/8 declared at stumps on the second day of the first cricket Test at Lord's here Friday.
Kevin Pietersen scored an unbeaten 200 before England declared their first innings closed. Praveen Kumar took five wickets.
Gautam Gambhir (7) and Abhinav Mukund (8) saw off the six overs without much trouble.
Kevin Pietersen was back in form with a gritty century against India on the second afternoon of the first Test at Lord�s here on Friday.
The South Africa-born batsman shrugged off his indifferent form with a patient 115 as England reached a commendable 305 for five at tea as visitors struggled due to the absence of pace spearhead Zaheer Khan.
Pietersen reached the three-figure mark with possibly the best of all his 10 boundaries � a scorching on-drive that raced past the ropes. It was his 18th century in his 75th Test and his fourth against India, the fifth at Lord�s and first in the last seven Tests. It was a battle of attrition for him as he faced 216 deliveries in the process.
Pietersen was the bedrock on which England innings was built�the tall right-hander was involved in two significant stands of 98 and 110 for successive wickets with Jonathan Trott (70) and Ian Bell (45).
England Ist Innings: Strauss c Sharma b Zaheer 22, Cook lbw Zaheer 12, Trott lbw Kumar 70, Pietersen batting 115, Bell c Dhoni b Kumar 45, Morgan c Dhoni b Kumar 0, Prior batting 21. Extras: (b-12, lb-6, w-1, nb-1) 20. Total: (For 5 wkts, 103 overs) 305. Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-62, 3-160, 4-270, 5-270. Bowling: Zaheer 13.3-8-18-2, Praveen 34.3-10-85-3, Ishant 24-4-83-0, Harbhajan 23-3-78-0, Dhoni 8-1-23-0.
India Ist Innings: A Mukund batting 8, G Gambhir batting 7, Extras (nb 2) 2, Total (0 wickets; 6 overs) 17.Bowling JM Anderson 3-1-9-0, CT Tremlett 3-0-8-0