Kevin Pietersen top scored for the Melbourne Stars for the fourth consecutive game as a strangely off key Perth Scorchers were beaten by seven wickets.
The Scorchers have no one to blame but themselves after winning the toss and batting in their fortress ground. At the Furnace the Scorchers have a great record, but when their talisman skipper Michael Klinger fell early for 3, the team subsided.
Ian Bell and Cameron Bancroft fell for ducks in quick succession to Michael Beer (2-12) and Shaun Marsh was caught by Beer to become Scott Boland’s (2-30) first wicket as the Scorchers limped to 24 for four in their Powerplay overs.
AJ Tye, promoted to number 6 in the order hit 42 from 33 balls and late runs from Ashton Agar (29 not out from 20) and Tim Bresnan (20 from 15) gave the Perth outfit a little hope with a final tally of 134 for seven.
The Scorchers have been pretty adept at home in defending small totals, but to do that against the Stars they needed to hold every chance. Mitchell Johnson conceded five wides in his opening over, Rob Quiney was dropped en route to 35 from 23 balls and Kevin Pietersen skied a relatively easy chance when on 3, but Klinger never got into position to take it.
Pietersen was composed in a situation where others may have panicked. He ended unbeaten on 44 from 42 balls, relatively sedate by his standards, and Marcus Stoinis hit late boundaries to end on 40 from 23 to get his side home with 15 balls to spare.
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