Pietersen, Quiney power Stars to massive win over Renegades
Melbourne Stars 200-7 (Pietersen 73) beat
Melbourne Renegades 154-9 (Zampa 3-19) by 46 runs
19th match, Big Bash League, Docklands
A clinical all-round performance from Melbourne Stars saw them restrict Melbourne Renegades to 154 for nine in a chase of 201, thereby completing a 46-run win in the 19th match of Big Bash League at Docklands.
Melbourne Renegades opted to field first on winning the toss. In his first over on comeback, James Pattinson (3-44) had Luke Wright (6) caught at mid on.
Kevin Pietersen (73) signalled his intention early with a six off the first ball he faced while Rob Quiney (51) smashed another maximum in the third over by the end of which Stars were 29 for one.
The onslaught continued as Quiney plundered four more boundaries and a six in the next three overs to take Stars to 58 for one by the end of the powerplay.
With two more boundaries and a six, the Victorian batsman raced to a 28-ball fifty but he fell in the same over by Trent Lawford (1-16) after miscuing a pull shot.
That's when Pietersen took control and helped Stars post 100 for two at the halfway mark with a six and a four.
Glenn Maxwell (24) looked good during his 17-ball knock but failed to carry on when Callum Ferguson caught him at sweeper cover to give Pattinson his second wicket but not before Pietersen completed a blistering 29-ball fifty.
The 15th and 16th over saw Renegades just concede eight runs and eventually Pietersen was dismissed in the 17th over bowled by Sunil Narine (1-37) and in the very next delivery from the 18th over, Pattinson completed his third wicket when Sam Harper (3) chipped a catch to backward point.
David Hussey (27) in his first four balls smashed a six and three more boundaries as he helped Stars post 200 for seven in the 20 overs.
Narine (12) came to open the innings once again for Renegades and smashed Michael Beer (3-32) for a six in the first over.
Aaron Finch (27) got going with a six and a four but a double-wicket fourth over from Scott Boland (2-36) dismissed both the openers as Renegades posted 42 for two.
In the next three overs, Michael Harris (9) and Cameron White (38) managed just 18 runs as the required run rate went close to 11.
The pressure eventually got the better of Harris, who was dismissed by Adam Zampa (3-19) in the ninth over.
White upped the ante in the 10th over where he scored a six and four as Stars were 83 for three at halfway mark but Zampa struck again to dismiss Lawford (2) at the other end.
The pressure eventually got the better of Renegades, who managed only 154 for nine in the 20 overs despite an unbeaten 17-ball blitz from Chris Tremain (27 not out). Zampa was awarded the man of the match for his three-wicket haul.
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