Cricket: Pietersen hopeful England will come back
RAJKOT: Captain Kevin Pietersen took his hat off to India''s batsmen after they had demolished England''s bowling on Friday before reminding his beaten team that there were still six matches in the one-day series to go. Yuvraj Singh (138 not out) struck the second fastest one-day century by an Indian as the hosts posted a massive 387 for five before England folded for 229 in the first one-day international. "One game down, yes we are 1-nil down," Pietersen told a news conference. "But there''s still six games left in the series and we are going to have to be mentally strong to try and come back in to hit India hard on Monday at Indore. "There is always concern when you lose. You just have to bounce back, the boys are pretty tight as a unit and I want the guys to get back and fire on all cylinders on Monday." Opener Virender Sehwag made a dashing 85 and set the pace with a 127-run opening wicket stand with Gautam Gambhir (51) before Yuvraj''s blitz. "When you get Yuvraj Singh playing like that, Gambhir and Sehwag starting the innings off like that, I mean, you are behind it," said Pietersen, who top-scored with 63 in his team''s total. "After 30-40 overs, then Yuvraj spends 10 overs slogging to all parts. He batted absolutely, fantastically well.