Recently, the two were engaged in a friendly banter on Twitter after the Melbourne Stars loss against Adeliade Strikers in their first BBL match. And when the Stars lost their second match in a row against Sydney Thunders, the two star cricketers were again at it. In the fifth match of the BBL, the Stars lost conceded the match to the Thunder by just 1 run.
Stars, who are captained by David Hussey, won the toss and put the Thunder, led his brother Michael Hussey, into bat at the MCG. Thunder posted a good total of 178 in their 20 overs, thanks to a brilliant century by opener Usman Khawaja.
In reply, the Stars were struggling at 80/4 in 10.3 overs and victory seemed a distant thought. However, a brilliant 84-run partnership between Pietersen and Faulkner raised hopes. Pietersen hit a marvelous 76 off 42 balls before losing his wicket when the Stars needed 15 runs in just 10 balls.
Faulkner, famous for his prowess as a finisher, was expected to win the game easily for the Stars. But, the Thunder held on well and won the game by a solitary run.
As if they were missing each other’s company, the duo continued their match on Twitter. Here is the entire conversation….
— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) December 20, 2015
Kev, I couldn't agree more... I was very poor last night and disappointed with myself. I need to get better ???????????????????????? https://t.co/xhNUDuwHs8
— James Faulkner (@JamesFaulkner44) December 20, 2015
I ❤️ you! xxx https://t.co/3HvuNbqLBe
— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) December 21, 2015
I know sweetheart ????????❤️ https://t.co/31qvLcmDcz
— James Faulkner (@JamesFaulkner44) December 21, 2015
Their banter was a treat the fans. That is how they reacted:
— Trent Woodhill (@TrentWoodhill) December 20, 2015
@JamesFaulkner44 @KP24 this banter is just as good as the T20 itself. Great to see players enjoying friendly banter
— Daniel Bryan (@dandette) December 21, 2015