Kevin Pietersen helps England to Lead of 181 at Close of Play on Third Day of Second TestPress release April 5, 2012 Sport
Citizen watches ambassador scores over 150 in first innings
An impressive 151 runs from batsman Kevin Pietersen has put England in a commanding position in the Second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo. The Citizen Watches wearing cricketer shrugged off a warning from the umpires about time wasting to give the touring side a 185 run lead.
Umpire Asad Rauf warned the South African born player against wasting time as he remonstrated with Sri-Lankan bowler Tillakaratne about the legitimacy of using a switch hitting style that had been approved by the then guardians of the game at the MCC in 2008.
The Surrey player and watches fan built a solid partnership with both Alistair Cook, who almost claimed his own century scoring 94 before being caught by Mahela Jayawardene, and Jonathan Trott, who was dispatched in the same manner, again by Jayawardene.
The big score of the day of course goes to the Citizen Watches Ambassador. Pietersen’s wicket fell as he was judged to be LBW (Leg before Wicket) on a ball from left-arm bowler Rangana Herath. Significantly for the Citizen Watches wearing batsman his 151 was a huge improvement over his performance in the first test when he scored a total of 33 across two innings.
- Pietersen scores 151
- England 181 ahead at close on third day
- Sri Lanka 4-0 in reply in second innings
Other high scorers during the game so far include opening English batsman Andrew Strauss who scored 61, and Mahela Jayawardene who put in a more than 100 for Sri Lanka before being declared out LBW following a ball from Graeme Swann.
At the end of play on the third day the scoreboard was showing that England had motored ahead to a first inning score of 460 as against the home team score of 275. Sri Lanka were 4 for no wicket in reply at the close of play.
Pietersen, who has recently extended his contract with the watches manufacturer for a further two years wears a gents sports chronograph from the iconic brand. For more detail on Citizen and other brand of watches visit www.thewatchhut.co.uk