Kevin Pietersen led the way with the bat to see Melbourne Stars outclass their city rivals Melbourne Renegades in a game played in the Big Bash League. Adam Zampa came good on the night with the ball for Stars to see Renegades fell way short of the target to see them win the game by 46 runs.
Pietersen showed aggressive intent from the start as he smashed a six off the first delivery he faced in his innings. He struck seven fours and three sixes in his innings and top scored with 73 runs for Stars as the score soared to 200 runs after 20 overs. David Hussey and Glenn Maxwell also contributed with vital runs to see the side post a competitive total on the board. Rob Quiney has been the surprise of the season for Melbourne Stars as he was out of favor from the final XI and did not play any domestic circuit whatsoever leading up to the competition.
He produced match winning score of 75 runs against Hobart Hurricanes to see Stars win their first game of the Big Bash League. He missed the next two due to injury but his stroke play has been truly outstanding in the games this season.
James Pattinson also made his return into the Big Bash League as he bowled quick consistently throughout his spell of four overs. He claimed three wickets and did go for a few as Melbourne Stars did go for big runs in the last five overs. Aaron Finch and Sunil Narine started the chase well, but once they departed it looked tougher for the side to maintain the scoring rate. The spinners came into the attack Scott Boland took out the two openers as they did put the brakes on the scoring to see Renegades lose their six wickets for 62 runs after being placed at 65 for 3 at one stage in the game.
Michael Beer and Adam Zampa took three wickets each as the spin provided to be big on the night against Renegades. The Stars will have to some questions to answer as they will be without the services of their three main players in James Faulkner, Glenn Maxwell and Adam Zampa who will soon join Australia’s squad to play one series against Pakistan. There is good news that Peter Handscomb will make his return into the side for Stars for the remainder of the competition.