On This Day: Kevin Pietersen scored fourth ODI century vs Australia throughout ICC Cricket World Cup 2007

Kevin Pietersen scored fourth ODI century: The previous English batsman had reached the three-figure mark after greater than two years.

On today in 2007, former England batsman Kevin Pietersen had scored his fourth ODI century in the course of the 35th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup in opposition to Australia in Antigua.

Pietersen, who amassed 558 runs in his first 11 ODIs at a mean of 139.50 and a strike charge of 100.72 together with three centuries and two half-centuries, reached the three-figure mark after greater than two years on this format.

Within the 36 ODIs that Pietersen performed in between his third and fourth ODI century, he scored 1,251 runs at a mean of 44.67 and a strike charge of 88.84 together with 12 haf-centuries.

The best-hand batsman sustaining an ODI common of 56.53 regardless of not scoring a century for over two years speaks extremely about him being the No. 1 ODI batsman on the time of the World Cup.

After the then England captain Michael Vaughan received the toss and opted to bat, Pietersen discovered himself within the center within the seventh over as Vaughan (5) and Andrew Strauss (7) have been dismissed cheaply by Australia quick bowler Shaun Tait.

England opening batsman Ian Bell (77) and Pietersen stitched a 140-run stand for the third wicket to put a strong basis for the remaining batsmen. Nonetheless, dropping wickets at common intervals noticed the English getting dismissed on 247 in 49.5 overs.

Pietersen, then 26, obtained his eye in earlier than exhibiting first indicators of aggression in opposition to Australia’s part-time spinner in Michael Clarke.

Having accomplished a 49-ball half-century within the 23rd over, Pietersen reached the three-figure mark after 25 overs amidst wickets falling from the opposite finish.

Pietersen’s 104 (122) with the assistance of six fours and a six ended up in a dropping trigger as Australia sealed the chase within the 48th over on the again of particular person half-centuries from captain Ricky Ponting (86) and Clarke (55*).

Kevin Pietersen scored fourth ODI century

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