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Kevin Pietersen stars as Melbourne Star finally pick up first win

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Fans at the at the Etihad Stadium in Australia were treated to a fielding masterclass on Friday night, following a series of spectacular catches as the Melbourne Stars picked up their first win of this year's Big Bash League against local rivals Melbourne Renegades.

Chasing the Stars' total of 167, the Renegades were always facing an uphill battle after losing Tim Ludeman and Tom Cooper - just as they were trying to get into their stride - thanks to two great catches.

Ludeman was the first unfortunate victim when Glenn Maxwell blocked a rising cut above his head with one hand before securing the ball at the second attempt behind his back - scroll down to see.

“Maxwell, what a freak,” Mark Howard said in commentary.

Australian journalist Jon Ralph tweeted: 'Glenn Maxwell is a born entertainer. When Cricket Australia is so desperate for ODI crowds it is saying the Aus v Eng games are the "best of Big Bash" how is he not in the upcoming series?'

Renegades batters Dwayne Bravo and Mohammed Nabi were also later dismissed by Maxwell, who further demonstrated his safe pair of hands at long on after the pair both hit lofted drives towards the boundary.

Nevertheless, it was former England international Kevin Pietersen who really stole the show.

Pietersen first starred with the bat by contributing a brutal 74 runs from 46 balls in the Stars innings before rolling back the years by producing one of the best catches of his career to dismiss Cooper for 19 with a stunning diving catch to his right. 

KP, who has already announced this will be his last season in the BBL, brilliantly backed up a fine spell of bowling from youngster Jackson Coleman.

The Stars had lost their first five matches of the tournament but a fine display with bat, ball and crucially in the field restricted the Renegades to 144/7 from their 20 overs to secure the 23-run win.

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