RESULT
2nd Semi-Final (N), Melbourne, January 22, 2016, Big Bash League
(18.1/20 ov) 140/3

Stars won by 7 wickets (with 11 balls remaining)

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Scorecard summary
Perth Scorchers 139/7(20 overs)
Melbourne Stars 140/3(18.1 overs)

Time to rest those fingers. Hope you enjoyed the coverage tonight. Join us for the grand finale on Sunday. Until then, it's goodbye from the commentary desk. Cheers!

Kevin Pietersen is the Man of the Match for his 36-ball 62. It's always nice to perform in big games. Credit to the bowlers for setting it up. I think about the consequences, not the result. So I wouldn't have really been impacted even if I was out first ball.I wanted to get runs tonight, and was up for it. Someone came up with a few words, I was simply giving it back. Super coach Fleming has done it again, hasn't he? Was brought in to do a job and he's done it. I love Melbourne. The crowds that we've got here is amazing. It's my home in Australia, I'd love to see 80,000 fans on Sunday.

Wonder if David Willey's sledge to KP was the costliest this season. That seemed to fire up KP, who didn't look back from there on. He signed a two-year extension with Melbourne Stars prior to this game. On the big night, he ensured that move was worth its weight in gold.

Another final for Stephen Fleming. Amazing isn't it? All it needs for a franchise to qualify for the final is to have him as coach

It's going to be difficult for the Hussey household on Sunday. Not sure who they will cheer for. David up against Michael

Melbourne Stars have erased memories of their past, where they kept stuttering at the semifinal stage. Tonight, they've been clinical and have set up a final date with Sydney Thunder on Sunday. Elation on one side, dejection on the other. Perth Scorchers came into the game, looking to make it a hat-trick of titles, but they bow out of the semifinals following a comprehensive defeat. The man who made the difference tonight - Kevin Pietersen. Took the pressure off the Stars after they lost an early wicket. He was authoritative and the swagger that he's known for didn't leave him at any stage.

18.1
1
Paris to Handscomb, 1 run

squeezed back past the bowler to mid-off

end of over 189 runs
MS: 139/3CRR: 7.72 RRR: 0.50
David Hussey7 (3)
Peter Handscomb14 (18)
Andrew Tye 3-0-29-0
Joel Paris 2-0-23-1
17.6
4
Tye to Hussey, FOUR runs

swings over midwicket, gets a thick edge that races into the vacant third man boundary. Scores tied

17.5
1
Tye to Handscomb, 1 run

hit hard down to long on

17.4
Tye to Handscomb, no run

spears in a superb yorker, jams his bat down in time to keep that out

17.3
2
Tye to Handscomb, 2 runs

hit down the ground but didn't get hold of it, Agar running in from long-off dives full length forward but the ball was dying on him, full marks for the effort

17.2
1
Tye to Hussey, 1 run

pulled towards deep midwicket

17.1
1
Tye to Handscomb, 1 run

slower one on off, bunted down to long on

end of over 1714 runs • 1 wicket
MS: 130/3CRR: 7.64 RRR: 3.33
David Hussey2 (1)
Peter Handscomb10 (14)
Joel Paris 2-0-23-1
Brad Hogg 4-0-20-1
16.6
2
Paris to Hussey, 2 runs

squeezed behind point, takes on the throw of Willey at third man, manages to get back in time

16.5
W
Paris to Pietersen, OUT

what has he done here? He has self-destructed, but the job has been nearly done. Yorker-length delivery on off, changed his grip to play the reverse pull even before the ball was delivered, was cramped for room and couldn't get underneath it as the off stump is pegged back

Kevin Pietersen b Paris 62 (59m 36b 5x4 2x6) SR: 172.22
16.4
2
Paris to Pietersen, 2 runs

backs away and hammers it back past the bowler, long-off and long-on converge

16.3
6
Paris to Pietersen, SIX runs

well, this one's been hit 20 rows back. Home run stuff! Picks the length early and clubs that one way in front of square over wide long-on. KP? Spent force? Well, he's sent out a message with this knock. What a knock when it mattered the most

16.2
4
Paris to Pietersen, FOUR runs

squeezed behind point, how quickly did he unfurl those wrists to open the face? Amazing! So much power even if it doesn't fly off the middle. Not much the bowler can do, to be fair, it wasn't all that bad a delivery

16.1
Paris to Pietersen, no run

makes room to hit over cover, gets it off the toe end, rolls to the cover fielder. Well bowled by Paris

end of over 166 runs
MS: 116/2CRR: 7.25 RRR: 6.00
Peter Handscomb10 (14)
Kevin Pietersen50 (31)
Brad Hogg 4-0-20-1
David Willey 3-0-22-1
15.6
Hogg to Handscomb, no run

excellent stop at cover by Voges

15.5
1
Hogg to Pietersen, 1 run

gets a leading edge, squeezed behind point for a half-century, soaks in the applause of the crowd. What a knock

15.4
1
Hogg to Handscomb, 1 run

drags it short, he backs away and pulls it towards deep square leg

15.3
1
Hogg to Pietersen, 1 run

turns it towards short midwicket, as if to prove he can pinch the quick singles too

15.2
1
Hogg to Handscomb, 1 run

swept across the line, this time it's races away towards Willey who is right on the money

15.1
2
Hogg to Handscomb, 2 runs

swept across the line to deep square leg, Willey picked it late and they're easily back for the second

end of over 1513 runs
MS: 110/2CRR: 7.33 RRR: 6.00
Kevin Pietersen48 (29)
Peter Handscomb6 (10)
David Willey 3-0-22-1
Andrew Tye 2-0-20-0
14.6
6
Willey to Pietersen, SIX runs

don't mess with KP. You don't want to really rile him up, do you? This one's floated full on middle and off, KP backs away, frees his arms and lofts him nice and clean over long-off. Enough elevation, excellent use of the bottom hand

Match details
Melbourne Cricket Ground
TossMelbourne Stars, elected to field first
Series
Season2015/16
Player Of The Match
Stars
Kevin Pietersen
Series resultMelbourne Stars advanced
Hours of play (local time)19.40 start, First Session 19.40-21.00, Interval 21.00-21.20, Second Session 21.20-22.40
Match days22 January 2016 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
Australia
Geoff Joshua
Australia
Sam Nogajski
TV Umpire
Australia
Ashley Barrow
Reserve Umpire
Australia
Greg Davidson
Match Referee
Australia
Peter Marshall
Stars Innings
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