Pietersen powers Stars to first win

It was only a matter of time before Kevin Pietersen, on his farewell trip around Australia, reminded this country of his unrivalled ability.

In announcing that this KFC Big Bash League was to be his last, the Melbourne Stars veteran said last week that while the hunger to compete still burned within him, in 10 months’ time he knew it would not.

That realisation would be enough for most athletes to pack it in right then and there. But if Pietersen has proved one thing in his career, it’s that he’s no ordinary cricketer.

Coming in to the second Melbourne derby of BBL|07, Pietersen’s form had not been awful (85 runs @ 21.25, strike-rate 121.43) but he had yet to reach the heights increasingly warm Australian crowds have come to expect from him.

Hardly helping his cause have been the Stars’ woeful starts. Batting at first drop in all five of his matches this season, he’s come in at 1-0, 1-12, 1-18, 1-2 and then 1-0 again at Etihad Stadium on Friday.

The score: Melbourne Stars 4-167 (Kevin Pietersen 74, Peter Handscomb 41; Mohammad Nabi 2-15) defeated Melbourne Renegades 9-144 (Dwayne Bravo 26; Jackson Coleman 3-27, Daniel Worrall 2-25)

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