How Pietersen changed gears
When Kevin Pietersen came out to bat on the first day he wasn't in great form, and it showed - he was scratchy, the ball found the edge of the bat on numerous occasions, and the runs were hard to come by. By the time he finished, everything was flying off the middle of the bat, and the runs were coming in a deluge. Pietersen started the Test with plenty of questions about his form and hunger, and within a couple of days he has turned it around completely, in the process carving out his third double-century and becoming one of only six batsmen to score 1000 Test runs at Lord's. Among those six, Pietersen's average of 69.52 is easily the highest; Andrew Strauss is next at 55.44.
|Kevin Pietersen||13||1182||69.52||5/ 3|
|Andrew Strauss||16||1386||55.44||4/ 6|
|Graham Gooch||21||2015||53.02||6/ 5|
|Geoff Boycott||16||1189||45.73||3/ 6|
|Alec Stewart||20||1476||44.72||3/ 8|
|David Gower||17||1241||44.32||2/ 8|
A look at Pietersen's run-scoring through various stages of his innings shows how he gradually turned his form around. Out of the first 80 deliveries he played, 65 were dots, and only two were fours, and both were edged through the slips. His first authoritative boundary came off his 87th delivery, when he walked across his stumps and clipped Ishant Sharma through mid-on for four. The on-side was easily his more favoured scoring area, fetching him 120 out of his 202.
The second and third sets of 80 deliveries were periods of consolidation, when Pietersen increased his scoring rate to more than three per over, and forged an important partnership with Ian Bell. And then came the final charge which completely demolished an Indian attack already missing their strike bowler. Off the last 86 balls he faced, Pietersen creamed 89, including nine fours and a six.
|Runs||Dot balls||4s/ 6s|
|First 80 balls||23||65||2/ 0|
|81-160 balls||48||52||5/ 0|
|161-240 balls||42||58||5/ 0|
|Last 86 balls||89||45||9/ 1|
Of all the Indian bowlers, the one who took the maximum punishment from Pietersen was Ishant - nearly half the fours that he struck in his entire innings came off Ishant. Praveen Kumar and Harbhajan Singh kept him relatively quiet, but part-timer Suresh Raina was, not surprisingly, quite clueless against him, going for 24 in eight deliveries. Unfortunately for India, their main strike bowler sent down only seven balls to Pietersen before retiring hurt.
|Ishant Sharma||101||75||10/ 0|
|Harbhajan Singh||105||52||2/ 0|
|Praveen Kumar||73||39||5/ 0|
|Suresh Raina||8||24||3/ 1|
|MS Dhoni||32||12||1/ 0|
|Zaheer Khan||7||0||0/ 0|
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S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo