'Bad light' cast shadow over England

Published: Saturday, November 22, 2008, 12:45 [IST]
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PietersenBangalore: Disappointed by poor light which forced a premature end to the Kanpur ODI, Kevin Pietersen's concerns are still not over and the England skipper is expecting a similar problem in Guwahati, the venue for the sixth one-dayer on November 29.

''They (the authorities) will have to do something about Guwahati,'' Pietersen said today.

''We are going to start there at 8.30 am but that will still not make too much of a difference. It could get dark there by 3.30 pm,'' Pietersen added.

The 16-run loss at Kanpur had left the English team frustrated and they went on to said that his team was robbed of a possible win as the match was heading for a close finish yesterday.

Guwahati is located in the north east and the sun sets earlier in the region than elsewhere in India.

In Kanpur, the start of the third ODI was delayed by 45 minutes due to hazy conditions but only one over per innings was reduced.

The light deteriorated rapidly during India's run-chase and the umpires offered it to the batsmen at the end of the 40th over when the home team was 198 for five. India was awarded a 16-run win under Duckworth/Lewis method.

''I think if we had a full game in Kanpur, we would have definitely taken it close,'' Pietersen said adding, ''We put a lot of pressure on them and there was plenty of aggression from the bowlers.'' England is currently trailing 0-3 in the seven-match ODI series and another loss here on November 23 would seal the series for India.


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