The Melbourne Stars recovered from their Thunder defeat with a comprehensive 46-run win over the Renegades as Kevin Pietersen cracked 73 and Adam Zampa grabbed 3-19.
A packed Etihad Stadium saw Kevin Pietersen put on a T20 batting masterclass to lead the Melbourne Stars to an imposing total. Pietersen hit the first ball he faced for a six and never looked back, stroking 73 from 46 balls before falling to Sunil Narine in the 17th over. Pietersen’s 73 was his ninth half-century from just 20 Big Bash League innings.
Rob Quiney had got the Stars off to a quick start after Luke Wright fell early. Back from a hamstring issue, he hit 3 sixes as he sped to 51 in 30 balls.
Later in the Stars innings, captain David Hussey entered the scene in the 14th over and hit three boundaries in an over off James Pattinson as he made 20 from his first 5 balls. He was run out for 27, but he enabled the Stars to reach 200 for four.
Pattinson bounced back well from the Hussey assault to end with figures of 3-44. His continued recovery from injury if good news for the Renegades longer term aspirations.
Melbourne Renegades however were not to become the first side to chase down a 200-plus score at the Etihad. They fell short with 154 for nine after Cameron White top scored with 38.
Zampa, who snaffled the wicket of Marcus Harris with his first ball, and went on to claim a career best 3-19 as he added the scalps of White and Trent Lawford.
The Renegades now head to Sydney, where they’ll meet the Sixers at the SCG on Monday, while the Stars will host the Adelaide Strikers at the MCG on Tuesday.
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