Kevin Pietersen Delhi Daredevils
Kevin Pietersen will look to inspire the Melbourne Stars to victory over the Perth ScorchersRon Gaunt/IPL/SPORTZPICS

The Melbourne Stars will look to displace Perth Scorchers from second place when the two teams clash in a vital encounter of the Big Bash League 04 on Wednesday.

While both teams have already secured a place in the semifinals, this battle – their final one in the league stage -- will decide home advantage for the all-important semifinal.

The Stars are on a tremendous run, having won their last four matches which has zoomed them all the way up to third place in the standings.

However, in the Scorchers they are up against a team in equally good form, even if they might not have played too many games of late.

The Melbourne Stars need to win by 35 runs or more to take Perth's second place if they are batting first, while they need to chase down Scorchers' target with five overs to spare if they bowl first.

That is easier said than done, of course, but with the heavyweight hitters in their team, led by Kevin Pietersen, a massive victory can certainly not be ruled out.

The Perth Scorchers, however, have a couple of big players of their own, with Shaun Marsh and Nathan Coulter-Nile set to be available for this crucial encounter.

Marsh has been called up to the Australia ODI team for the tri-series for the next match against England, but the left-hander will be able to play on Wednesday along with Stars skipper Cameron White, who was also named in the national team.

Perth will also welcome back Coulter-Nile for the first time in the BBL this season, with the fast bowler finally recovering from the hamstring injury which he picked up in the ODI series against South Africa last November.

"To have two internationals coming back into our side at the business end of the series is a bonus for us," Scorchers coach Justin Langer said.

"The thought of bringing [Coulter-Nile] back is exciting for us. He had a fitness test (on Sunday) and came through with flying colours.

"We'll have another look at him and as long as he feels confident with his body, we'll certainly be having a very close look at him to play on Wednesday night."

Where to Watch Live

The BBL-04 match is set for a 7.40 pm AEDT (2.10 pm IST, 8.40 am GMT) start with live coverage in India on Star Sports 4 and Star Sports HD1. Viewers in India can also catch all the action via live streaming on

Audience in Australia can watch the match live on Channel 10, with the live streaming option available on Ten Play or Cricket Australia Live. UK viewers can watch the Kevin Pietersen in action live on Sky Sports 2, while the option to live stream is on Sky Go or Watch Sky Sports.

New Zealand viewers can catch the match on Sky Sport or Sky Sport Go, while the audience in the Middle East and North Africa can do the same on OSN or OSN Play. The match can be watched live in Africa on SuperSport, while the game can also be live streamed on SuperSport Online.

Squads: Melbourne Stars: Cameron White (capt), Michael Beer, Jackson Bird, Scott Boland, Luke Feldman, Peter Handscomb, John Hastings, Alex Keath, Clint McKay, Kevin Pietersen, Rob Quiney, Tom Triffitt, Luke Wright.

Perth Scorchers: Adam Voges (capt), Ashton Agar, Yasir Arafat, Jason Behrendorff, Michael Carberry, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Marcus Harris, Brad Hogg, Michael Klinger, Shaun Marsh, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Sam Whiteman.

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