Pietersen and drama - Siamese twins?
Dileep Premchandran comes up with the plays of the fourth day of the Trent Bridge Test between England and India
RP Singh celebrates after dismissing Kevin Pietersen
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Grievous Bodily Harm and the Latin way: Kevin Pietersen was
extremely fortunate to escape GBH when Sreesanth produced a wicked beamer
that swung like a curveball while flying past his helmet. His sway and
fall though were straight out of Swan Lake, or perhaps he's been watching
too much Latin football where players go to ground as though shot when
You only live twice: Pietersen's good fortune didn't end there.
RP Singh was more than halfway to the slip cordon in celebration
after he induced the faintest of edges, but Pietersen stood his ground and
Simon Taufel, whose poor match continued, was unmoved. Justice wouldn't be
denied though, and the next ball thudded into Pietersen's pads in front of
the stumps after he shouldered arms to one that nipped back alarmingly.
Touches of class: Michael Vaughan's announced his arrival as a
world-class bat on India's last tour here, when he made 615 runs with
three centuries. A beautifully timed push through the covers off Anil
Kumble took him to a 17th Test century, a tremendous achievement
for a man whose future in the game was considered bleak just a few
Knockout blow: RP Singh's jubilant leap and punch in the air after
claiming Pietersen's wicket took him dangerously close to the batsman. In
a match that has seen plenty of needle, it was another potential
flashpoint, but Pietersen walked away without making an issue of it. After
the lip from the English fielders on Sunday, retribution of some kind was
expected, and the tension spread to the stands as well with certain Indian
appeals being booed and cries of "Get on with it".
Walking the talk: Zaheer Khan has been India's strike bowler for
years, but had never lived up to the great expectations. In this series,
he has finally bowled like the man all of India hoped he would be, with pace,
control and energy. The early dismissal of Alastair Cook was crucial; as
was the double-blow that saw Vaughan and Ian Bell back in the pavilion in
the space of three balls.
Circus act: Chris Tremlett's loft to mid-on was as tame as tame can
be in a situation that called for obduracy, but RP Singh's fumble and
juggle would have given the other fielders palpitations before the catch
was finally completed. All's well that ends though.
Short-leg perils: When India came out to bat, Wasim Jaffer flicked
a delivery from Ryan Sidebottom off his hips. It's usually the lot of a
junior player to stand at forward short leg, and Cook was the unlucky man
as the ball thudded into the box before rolling off towards square leg.
Some singles are more painful than others.
Dileep Premachandran is associate editor of Cricinfo