Kevin Pietersen scored his third century in consecutive Test innings at home to put England on top in the second Test against Sri Lanka at Edgbaston on Friday.

Pietersen cracked 142, including a reverse sweep for six, as England scored 295 on the second day after losing their last five wickets for five runs in reply to Sri Lanka’s 141. Off spinner Muttiah Muralitharan finished with six for 86.

England then reduced Sri Lanka to 86 for four in their second innings to lead by 68 runs at the close.

Swing bowler Matthew Hoggard and left-arm spinner Monty Panesar collected two wickets each. Upul Tharanga departed first, caught behind to Hoggard’s fourth ball of the innings, collecting a pair in the match.

Kumar Sangakkara clipped Panesar’s fifth ball to Paul Collingwood at midwicket for 18 and Mahela Jayawardene was lbw to a Hoggard ball that kept low.

Panesar then had Thilan Samaraweera stumped for eight as play went on into the evening to compensate for the 80 minutes lost at the start of play due to overnight rain.

Samaraweera was dropped on two by Geraint Jones off Panesar. Opener Vandort was unbeaten at the close on 30 and Tilleratne Dilshan was on 21.

Read more about Pietersen’s innings from The Guardian below:

Guardian Unlimited Sport | Cricket | Pietersen’s audacious century takes breath away



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