Twitter Reactions: Kevin Pietersen’s blistering knock helps Melbourne Stars to their maiden win

Here are the tweets and reactions.

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Kevin Pietersen of the Stars bats. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

We witnessed another crackerjack of the game between Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars and one would have to say, on the given day, Melbourne Stars had too much firepower and managed to upstage Renegades by 23 runs. The victory for Stars came after a string of losses and joy on every team player face was a treat to watch.

With Melbourne Stars sitting right at the bottom of the table, not many cricket pundits would have thought that they will produce a sensational performance against Melbourne Renegades. Though Melbourne weather didn’t have any plans to let this exciting encounter happen, fortunately for the fans the scheduled stadium for today’s blockbuster encounter was Docklands Stadium.

For Melbourne Renegades, it was Dwayne Bravo who was handed over the baton of captaincy from Aaron Finch, who witnessed the game from the dugout. After winning the toss, Dwayne Bravo decided to bowl first on a batting friendly wicket. He believed that the wicket will remain same for forty overs or so and in lieu of that, he went on to play on his team’s strength.

For Stars, It was Australia’s reliable batsman Peter Handscomb and swashbuckler Ben Dunk started the proceedings. Unfortunately, Dunk fell prey to incoming delivery by Afghan’s right arm slow off break bowler Mohammed Nabi. Dunk departed without troubling the scores. However, little did Renegades knew that former English Batsman Kevin Pietersen was in a different mood today. The partnership between Pietersen and Handscomb set the tone for Stars.

Pietersen smashed almost every other bowler who came to bowl at him and went on to score a well made 74 runs off just 46 balls at an astonishing strike-rate of 160.87. His innings was laced with four boundaries and five mighty sixes that he smashed all around the park. The little cameo at the end by Glenn Maxwell led Stars to post 167 runs on the board.

If one would have asked Bravo to take that score at the start, he would have nodded without the second doubt seeing the batting talent his team carries. However, things didn’t go as per the plan for Renegades as they lost wickets in quick succession making it all the more difficult for the middle-order batsman. With four down for just 56 runs on the board, the 167 runs target started to look like a 220 one.

Renegades was expecting their skipper to step up and help their side reach the winning line but  Bravo departed after playing a lose short to Gulbis and Maxwell took the catch with perfection. Later Nabi and Wildermuth tried to take Renegades near to the total but thought didn’t turn into action for them too. Later, Stars won the match comfortably.

Here are the tweets and reactions: