Pietersen back scoring down under

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Published: Thursday 18th December 2014 by The News Editor

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Kevin Pietersen top-scored with 66 for Melbourne Stars in the opening match of the Big Bash League.

The controversial England exile had a best of 39 in 12 matches for Surrey in last year’s NatWest T20 Blast, but rediscovered his form against Adelaide Strikers, hitting four sixes and two fours in his 44-ball stay.

Another out-of-favour Englishman, Luke Wright, was the only other player to reach double figures in the Stars’ 148 for seven, the Sussex all-rounder hitting 45 in 37 deliveries.

Pietersen hooked his second ball for six and added two more maximums from successive deliveries immediately after the bowler, Kieron Pollard, aborted his run-up in response to an attempted switch-hit.

A single took him to his half-century in 38 balls and he added one more six off Laughlin before lobbing Kane Richardson to midwicket in the final over of the innings.

Wright, who has excelled in the BBL before, shared a stand of 57 with Pietersen and scored seven boundaries of his own.

Pietersen and Wright ended up on the losing side, with their efforts at the crease put firmly in the shade by Adelaide opener Tim Ludeman.

He cracked 92 not out in just 44 balls, including a tournament record 18-ball fifty, as the hosts easily reeled in the target with a massive 45 balls to spare.

Published: Thursday 18th December 2014 by The News Editor

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