Kevin Pietersen 50 for 1st BB appearance

Kevin Pietersen scored a half century in his first appearance for the Melbourne Stars this year and once again, his team won, this time in Super over though.

However, if the Stars had lost the game, Pietersen would have blamed himself as he had thrown away his wicket at a crucial time.

His team was in control at that point and Pietersen just had to carry on for a few more minutes to kill the game.

But, because of the wrong shot selection, Pietersen went back to the hut leaving the inexperienced players behind him to finish the job.

The Stars should thank their lower order for somehow dragging the game to the super over.

Seventeen runs were required by the Stars in the final over of the original game.

The over was to be delivered by none other than Brett Lee. So, the task was a difficult one.

Lee got three of his deliveries spot on, but, he was a bit unlucky.

The first ball, he tried to bowl a slower bouncer and he managed to deceive the batsman with it, but, since fine leg was not there at the boundary, an inside edged pull by James Faulkner fetched him four.

Then, an outside edge by the Stars’ wicketkeeper Tom added 4 more runs to the total which brought the target within touching distance.

Lee helped Stars’ cause with a half volley on the off side thereafter which went for another boundary and only three remained to be scored on the final ball.

Two came off that final ball and it was a tie.

In the super over, Lee again travelled for plenty as Faulkner launched him for two magnificent sixes straight down the ground.

Sixers could not chase down the target of 20 and the Stars got two valuable points which helped them move further up the table.