Chris Gayle: Pietersen shines as Stars beat Renegades in BBL

Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle has scored 176 runs, including 13 sixes, in six Big Bash League innings this season

Chris Gayle made 21 in his first innings since being fined for asking a reporter on a date in a live interview.

The ex-West Indies captain was fined A$10,000 (£4,900) by Melbourne Renegades for "inappropriate conduct" to TV journalist Mel McLaughlin.

Gayle hit two sixes before being caught in the deep as the Renegades managed 155-6 from their 20 overs.

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen then plundered 67 not out from 43 balls to get the Stars home in 18 overs.

McLaughlin was in the Network Ten studio at Etihad Stadiumexternal-link as the Stars recorded their fourth win from six matches.

Mel McLaughlin
Mel McLaughlin tweeted a photo of herself alongside former Australia captain Ricky Ponting and ex-Australia bowler Damien Fleming in the Network Ten studio

She was conducting a pitch-side interview with Gayleexternal-link in the Renegades' previous match when he said: "To see your eyes for the first time is nice. Hopefully we can have a drink afterwards. Don't blush baby."

Melbourne Renegades said his comments were "completely inappropriate and disrespectful" and apologised to McLaughlin and to the public.external-link