Pietersen powers Melbourne Stars to their first win this season

Kevin Pietersen dominated the Melbourne derby game
Kevin Pietersen dominated the Melbourne derby game

Melbourne Stars 167-4 (Pietersen 74) beat
Melbourne Renegades 144-9 (Coleman 3-27) by 23 runs
26th game, Big Bash League, Docklands Stadium

Kevin Pietersen scored a blistering 74-run knock as Melbourne Stars finally managed to register their first win in the ongoing Big Bash League with a 23-run triumph over Melbourne Renegades in the derby game at Docklands Stadium.

The Renegades won the toss and decided to bowl first. Ben Dunk (0) fell in the third delivery of the innings when Mohammad Nabi (2-15) trapped him LBW.

Pietersen (74) along with Peter Handscomb (41) shared five boundaries and a six to inject some momentum into the innings to take the score to 46 for one. The duo especially Pietersen continued to be aggressive as he completed his 28-ball fifty and at halfway mark, the Stars were positioned 87 for one.

Handsocomb had a reprieve when Dwayne Bravo (0-38) dropped him in the 11th over but he could not make use of the chance as Nabi returned to have him caught at deep mid-wicket but that came after Pietersen hit Brad Hogg (0-30) for back to back sixes.

Just as the Renegades were making a brief comeback with the wickets of Pietersen and Seb Gotch (9), Glenn Maxwell (31 not out) with his 16-ball cameo pushed the Stars total to 167 for four in the 20 overs.

In the chase, Renegades lost Tim Ludeman (13), Marcus Harris (0) and Matthew Short (16) inside the powerplay to reduce the score to 33 for three.

From there on they hardly recovered with only Bravo (26), Nabi (23) and Jack Wildermuth (23) showing some fight but their efforts went in vain as they fell 24 runs off the target.

Pietersen was awarded the man of the match for his blistering knock.

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