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Kevin Pietersen bid his Big Bash League (BBL) career adieu in style as he smashed a 23-ball 46 to guide his side to a three-wicket win over the Hobart Hurricanes.
Even though the Stars had no chance of making the semi-finals, it marked the second win of their BBL campaign and the perfect farewell to batsman Rob Quiney as well. Furthermore, the Hurricanes now have to wait and hope that the Melbourne Renegades beat the Brisbane Heat in their clash in order to qualify for the semi-finals.
Choosing to bowl first, Ben Dunk provided a huge breakthrough for the Stars on the fourth ball of the match as he trapped in-form Hurricanes opener D’Arcy Short lbw for a golden duck.
Matthew Wade and George Bailey made up for the loss of Short with a 51-run partnership before Bailey was dismissed by Evan Gulbis for 32.
Wade went on to make 17 before falling to Stars captain John Hastings.
Dan Christian and Ben McDermott steadied things with a 44-run stand before McDermott was trapped lbw off the bowling of Liam Bowe for 21.
Even though Simon Milenko was removed for four runs, Christian and Nathan Reardon provided the Hurricanes with a major spark towards the end of their innings as they amassed a 70-run partnership, during which Christian brought up his half-century.
However, he ended up being dismissed in the final over for 56 off 37 balls, which included four boundaries and two sixes.
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Reardon went on to make a 22-ball 32 as the Hurricanes finished on 185/7 off their 20 over.s
Hastings was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Dunk, Gulbis, Bowe and James Faulkner chipped in with one wicket apiece.
Chasing 186 to win, the Stars made a brisk start to their innings before opening batsman Peter Handscomb was dismissed by Christian for seven runs.
Dunk made a 20-ball 30 before being caught by Clive Rose at short third man off the bowling of Short.
With the Stars continuing to lose wickets at regular intervals, Pietersen stood tall and took the attack to the Hurricanes.
He was involved in a crucial 47-run stand with Sebastian Gotch before eventually falling for 46 off 23 balls, which included six boundaries and two sixes, when he was caught and bowled by Tymal Mills.
Despite Gotch being removed in the next over, Gulbis and Daniel Worrall finished things off with an unbeaten 33-run partnership.
Mills was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Rose, Christian, Short and Cameron Boyce claimed one wicket each.
Pietersen was named Man of the Match.