Kevin Pietersen's wish for a 'grandstand' finish to India vs England Hyderabad Test on the cards

England's Pope powers them to 420 after first-innings deficit, setting India a tricky 231 to win. Kevin Pietersen hoped for a nail-biting finish with 50 needed & 3 wickets left. With that being a possibility now, the stage is set for a grandstand finale.

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Kevin Pietersen (Source: Twitter)

Kevin Pietersen (Source: Twitter)

England have staged a remarkable fightback in the ongoing first Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. After falling behind by 190 runs in the first innings, they've roared back to post a formidable 436 in their second dig. This sets India a tricky chase of 231, a target that promises a nail-biting finish.

England's fightback had a vice-captain-worthy architect: Ollie Pope. His masterful 196 stood inches shy of a coveted double-century, but it was a masterclass in adapting to Indian conditions. A blend of sturdy defence and calculated aggression, his strike rate of 70.50 spoke volumes. Pope wasn't shy of taking his chances, his sweeps and reverse sweeps keeping the Indian bowlers on their toes and injecting pressure into the chase.

While Pope spearheaded England's charge, he wasn't alone. Rehan Ahmed, resuming his overnight stay, chipped in with a valuable 28, and debutant Tom Hartley added a crucial 34. Ultimately, Pope fell agonizingly short of his double ton while attempting a reverse sweep against Jasprit Bumrah, leaving him stranded on 196 as the last man out.

"A grandstand finish on a Sunday please!"

Yesterday, Kevin Pietersen, who's gracing the tour as a broadcaster, injected some extra excitement into the already thrilling Test match. Sharing his views on X, he envisioned a nail-biting climax with India needing just 50 runs to win with only three wickets in hand. According to KP, such a scenario would be an absolute dream for Test cricket, enticing fans and viewers alike to the edge of their seats. He passionately believes that witnessing such a dramatic finish would be a pure spectacle.

"It’s a marathon and not a sprint! England's session by a LONG WAY. If England wins this session, this Test is alive. And for the sake of Test cricket, I hope we’re here tomorrow afternoon with India needing 50 to win and 7 wickets down! A grandstand finish on a Sunday please!" Pietersen wrote on X.

Pietersen's prophecy could well and truly be on the cards as India there is a huge possibility of a cliffhanger finish. Fans will surely be tuned in to their screens to witness what could be one of the greatest Tests in India.

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