Big Bash League: Kevin Pietersen leads Melbourne Stars to final

Kevin Pietersen hits out against Perth Scorchers
Kevin Pietersen helped the Stars to the final after they lost four previous semi-finals
Big Bash League semi-final, Melbourne:
Perth Scorchers 139-7 (20 overs): Voges 52, Worrall 3-25
Melbourne Stars 140-3 (18.1 overs): Pietersen 62, Stoinis 44
Melbourne Stars won by seven wickets
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Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen fired 62 from 36 balls as Melbourne Stars reached the final of the Big Bash League for the first time.

Pietersen, 35, who has signed a new two-year contract with the team, hit five fours and two sixes.

He was out with 12 still needed but the Stars, including Sussex captain Luke Wright, sealed a seven-wicket win over Perth Scorchers with 11 balls left.

The Stars will face Sydney Thunder in Sunday's Big Bash League final.

The final will feature the Hussey brothers, Mike and David, as opposing captains, with Sydney skipper Mike Hussey, 40, playing his final competitive match in Australia.

It was Pietersen's third half-century in eight innings in this year's competition. He has scored 249 runs at an average of 35, with a strike rate of 151.

England one-day bowler David Willey involved Pietersen in some verbal exchanges but was flicked nonchalantly over backward square-leg for six by the South Africa-born right-hander, who was told last summer that he was not part of England's future plans.

Australia batsman Usman Khawaja made an unbeaten century on Thursday to help Thunder to reach the final with an eight-wicket win over Adelaide Strikers at the Adelaide Oval.

Big Bash League semi-finals
Big Bash LeagueWomen's Big Bash League
Thu 21 Jan (Adelaide)Sydney Thunder beat Adelaide StrikersSydney Thunder beat Perth Scorchers
Fri 22 Jan (Melbourne)Melbourne Stars beat Perth ScorchersSydney Sixers beat Hobart Hurricanes

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