Colombo: Kevin Pietersen was given an official warning for shaping to play the switch hit before Tillakaratne Dilshan was in his delivery stride on the third afternoon at the P Sara Oval. Pietersen, who made his 20th Test hundred, began to get into place for the shot as Dilshan started his run-up and the bowler twice aborted his run up.
The incident occurred during an enthralling head-to-head between Pietersen and Dilshan which had already seen Pietersen switch his grip around to strike the bowler through the off side. However, Pietersen then began to set himself earlier for the shot and Dilshan refused to deliver which led to a stalemate.
Asad Rauf, the umpire at the bowler's end, signalled the warning to Pietersen after the second aborted delivery and also informed his colleague Bruce Oxenford. Pietersen gesticulated towards the officials, clearly unsure about what he was being penalised for. The immediate consequence was that if Pietersen, or any other England batsman, did it again during the innings Sri Lanka would be awarded five penalty runs.