BBL 2017/18 26th Match: Pietersen puts on a show as Stars snap winless streak

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Kevin Pietersen hammered four boundaries and five sixes during his knock of 74

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Kevin Pietersen rolled back the years on Friday as he smashed a sensational 74 to not only help the Melbourne Stars beat the Melbourne Renegades by 23 runs, but also hand them their first win of the Big Bash League (BBL).

As a result of their victory, the Stars moved to second-last on the standings, while the Renegades remain in third place.

Choosing to bowl first, the Renegades struck on the third ball of the match as Mohammad Nabi trapped Ben Dunk lbw for a golden duck.

Pietersen and Peter Handscomb made up for the early loss of Dunk with a 110-run partnership, during which Pietersen raced past his fifty, before Handscomb, who made a 37-ball 41, became Nabi’s second victim.

Pietersen went on to score 74 off 46 balls, which included four boundaries and five sixes, before he was caught by Matthew Short at deep midwicket off the bowling of Jack Wildermuth.

Even though Sebastian Gotch fell shortly after, Glenn Maxwell provided some fireworks late in the innings as his 16-ball 31 saw the Stars finish on 167/4.

Nabi was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Wildermuth and Kane Richardson chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 168 to win, the Renegades struggled right from the get-go as regular wickets saw them reduced to 56/4 in the 10th over.

Stand-in captain Dwyane Bravo provided some resistance as he struck an 18-ball 26 before he was caught by Maxwell at long-on off the bowling of Evan Gulbis.

Once Bravo was gone, the Renegades’ collapse continued and even though Nabi and Wildermuth scored 23 runs apiece, it was not enough to save their side.

Jackson Coleman was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Daniel Worrall and captain John Hastings snapped up two wickets apiece. As for Gulbis and James Faulkner, they claimed one wicket each.

Pietersen was named Man of the Match.

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