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Pietersen proud despite missing out on century
| Updated at: 0042 PST, Sunday, August 08, 2010|
BIRMINGHAM: Kevin Pietersen's long wait for another Test hundred continued on Saturday but he was pleased by a grafting 80 that helped leave England well-placed to beat Pakistan.
Pietersen's innings at Edgbaston was eight more than the 72 Pakistan made in the first innings of the second Test.
It formed the centrepiece of an England total of 251 and, at stumps on the second day, Pakistan were 19 for one in their second innings.
Pakistan needed a further 160 runs to avoid an innings defeat that would leave them 2-0 down in this four-Test series after last week's mammoth 354-run loss at Trent Bridge.
Pietersen has now gone 23 innings without a Test hundred since reaching three figures against the West Indies in Trinidad in March last year.
But together with fellow South Africa born batsman Jonathan Trott, he battled hard in difficult conditions to forge a third-wicket stand of 133.
The 30-year-old Pietersen has undergone a see-saw 18 months.
He was stripped of the England captaincy in January 2009, missed most of that year's Ashes campaign with an Achilles tendon injury, endured a poor tour of his native South Africa and then returned to form as the man of the series in the team's World Twenty20 triumph in the Caribbean earlier this year.