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Last Updated: Thursday, 9 March 2006, 12:52 GMT
Pietersen annoyed at missing ton
Kevin Pietersen is caught and bowled by Munaf Patel
Pietersen is deceived by Patel and departs for 67 from 108 balls
England batsman Kevin Pietersen was frustrated to fall for 67 having looked on course for his third Test century.

"I messed up in Nagpur, pulling onto my stumps so I looked to play straighter and give less chances, yet still score runs and be positive," he said.

"I'm disappointed, I have been training really hard and got into a good zone so I wanted to get a really big one."

Looking ahead he said: "We always look to score 400, it's going to be tough and it's a case of grinding it out."

England went to stumps on 163-4, with Andrew Flintoff having just got off the mark with a boundary and Paul Collingwood on 19.

"In the morning it was a bit two-paced, one end was a bit more skiddy but I think we're going OK, hopefully Fred and Colly can put on 150 together," Pietersen continued.

"It's a pretty good wicket, it didn't swing more than it did at Nagpur [in the first Test] and 163-4 doesn't reflect what we should be."

I don't like to let bowlers, spinners especially, settle
Kevin Pietersen

The Hampshire batsman was impressed with debutant Munaf Patel, who took 10 wickets against England in an earlier tour match and dismissed Pietersen with a sharp return catch on Thursday.

"I probably played a bit too early," said the England man.

"He's pretty good with his reverse swing, he bowls around 140-144km but as a batsman I feel sorry for seam bowlers on this wicket!

"It's a case of them having to hit the deck and he has done, he bowled quite well.

India also introduced another even younger debutant, teenage leg-spinner Piyush Chawla, who was hit for 20 from his five overs, including a six and four by Pietersen off successive deliveries.

"For a 17-year-old he's pretty good, he didn't bowl too many bad balls and he's probably got a big future," Pietersen said.

"He's got a lot of confidence because first ball after lunch he bowled a googly.

"I don't like to let bowlers, spinners especially, settle. I know I messed up in the middle of the Ashes and wasn't as positive as I should have been.

"But I set that right at The Oval and I've tried to do that in Pakistan and here.

"I don't let the spinner bowl to me, play how I normally play and if it works, it works. So far it's been pretty good!"

Interview: England batsman Kevin Pietersen



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