Melbourne Stars win keeps Hobart Hurricanes at edge
Melbourne Stars 186-7 (Pietersen 46) beat
Hobart Hurricanes 185-7 (Christian 56) by three wickets
39th game, Big Bash League, Melbourne
Hobart Hurricanes' chances of progressing to the play-off now will depend on the result of the final game of the league as they succumbed to a three-wicket defeat to Melbourne Stars in the 39th game of the Big Bash League in Melbourne.
Chasing 186 for a win, the Stars lost Peter Handscomb (7) early but Ben Dunk's (30) aggressive play meant they ended the powerplay strong at 46 for one.
The Stars' momentum was dented a bit when they lost Dunk, James Faulkner (16) and Rob Quiney (11) in the next four overs before John Hastings (20) hit two sixes and a four in three consecutive deliveries to lift the score to 87 for four at halfway mark.
Kevin Pietersen (46), who was watching things quietly at the other end finally opened up as he plundered a six and a four in the 11th over and went on to hit three boundaries and a six in the 16th over before he was caught and bowled by Tymal Mills (2-56).
The Stars needed 34 runs to win off the final four overs which they achieved with five deliveries in hand with Evan Gulbis (19 not out) and Daniel Worrall (13 not out) playing handy knocks.
Earlier, it was knocks from Daniel Christian (56), George Bailey (32) and Nathan Reardon (22) that proved decisive for Hobart's total of 185 but it proved insufficient. They will now hope for the result in the final game to go their way in order to make it to the next round.
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