August 5, 2012

South Africa in England 2012

The Pietersen v Steyn spectacle

Abhishek Mukherjee

Mike Selvey, writing in the Guardian, recalls the Dale Steyn-Kevin Pietersen brief-but-exhilerating clash from the 2010 World Twenty20, and draws comparisons with it after the two faced off once more at Headingley on Saturday.

If the sight of Pietersen fires up Steyn and Morne Morkel, then the sight of those bowlers stirs Pietersen in turn. When Steyn, coming up the hill, dropped marginally short and a fraction wide, Pietersen simply flayed him through extra cover, a stroke of withering power and startling hand-eye coordination, the manner in which he treated Steyn in Barbados. The bowler changed ends and did for Trott but Pietersen's response was to flick him through midwicket with such wristy dexterity that his bat seems like balsa.

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