Stoinis, Pietersen guide Melbourne Stars to a comfortable victory

Kevin Pietersen scored an unbeaten 44 in the chase
Kevin Pietersen scored an unbeaten 44 in the chase

Melbourne Stars 137-3 (Pietersen 44no) beat
Perth Scorchers 134-7 (Tye 42) by seven wickets
26th match, Big Bash League, WACA

After a collective bowling effort restricted Perth Scorchers to 134 for seven, Melbourne Stars batsmen chased down the target in 17.2 overs with seven wickets in hand in the 26th game of the Big Bash League at WACA.

Perth won the toss and elected to bat first but it wasn't an auspicious one for them as they lost Shaun Marsh (8), Michael Klinger (3), Ian Bell (0) and Cameron Bancroft (0) in the first four overs. Michael Beer (2-12) was involved in three of the dismissals.

Andrew Tye (42) was dropped by Luke Wright at backward point in the eighth over which also saw Marcus Stoinis (1-28) having Hilton Cartwright (7) caught behind. At the halfway mark, Perth Scorchers were 57 for five.

Contributions from Tye, Ashton Turner (15), Ashton Agar (29 not out) and Tim Bresnan (20 not out) helped Scorchers post 134 for seven in the 20 overs despite scoring 59 runs from the final five.

Beer, Ben Hilfenhaus (2-15) and Scott Boland (2-30) picked two wickets apiece for Stars.

Rob Quiney (35) made full use of the reprieve he got in the second over and smashed four boundaries in his first 11 deliveries but Stars lost Luke Wright (7) at the other end.

In the final over of the powerplay, Scorchers put down another chance, this time Klinger dropped Kevin Pietersen (44 not out). Stars were 47 for one in the first six overs.

Bresnan (1-23) struck in his first over when he had Quiney caught at point in the eighth over but Pietersen struck a six and a four to take them to 73 for two at halfway mark.

Jhye Richardson (2-26) gave Scorchers hopes when he dismissed Peter Handscomb (3) in the 12th over but Pietersen shared an unbeaten 56-run stand with Stoinis (40 not out) to complete the chase in 17.2 overs with seven wickets in hand.

The win has taken Stars to the pole position in the table while Scorchers have slipped to third. Beer was awarded the man of the match.

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