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West Indies star batsman Chris Gayle returned to action on Saturday for the first time since his controversial sideline interview on Monday night.

Chris Gayle

All focus was on the explosive Gayle. He walked out onto Etihad Stadium and was immediately hugged by a woman after coming under fire due to a recent interview dilemma with report Mel Mclaughlin.

Gayle was also warmly embraced by a fellow Melbourne Renegades players before match time.

The explosive Jamaican batsman told McLaughlin she had beautiful eyes and asked her out for a drink before saying “don’t blush, baby” and was later fined $10,000 by his club Melbourne Renegades.

On the field on Saturday, Gayle hit 21 from 21 deliveries as Melbourne Renegades, sent in to bat, posted 155 for six from their allotted 20 overs.

Gayle’s fellow West Indian Dwayne Bravo anchored the innings with an unbeaten 59 from 37 deliveries, while captain Cameron White and Tom Beaton chipped in with 29 runs apiece.

Needing 156 for victory, Kevin Pietersen (67 runs off 43 balls) and Peter Handscomb (39 off 30) combined for a match-winning 94-run partnership that secured Melbourne Stars their fourth win of with two overs to spare. They ended on 156 for two.

The loss leaves the Melbourne Renegades (4) two points adrift of the fourth-placed Sydney Thunder (6), while the Stars joined Perth Scorchers on eight points.

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