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Finch hammered 81 runs off 51 deliveries
Australia batsman Aaron Finch and England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler both scored half-centuries to help the Melbourne Renegdes extinguish the Brisbane Heat by 57 runs at the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne.
Finch and Buttler were well supported by pace bowler James Pattinson, who picked up three wickets.
Finch won the toss and elected to bat first.
His decision to do so backfired almost immediately as opening batsman Alex Doolan was caught by Ben Cutting at short fine leg off the bowling of Daniel Christian for 13.
Finch and Buttler made up for the early loss of Doolan with a brilliant 108-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Buttler was brilliantly caught by Peter Forrest off the bowling of Daniel Vettori.
Buttler’s magnificent knock of 61 came off 36 balls and included three boundaries and four sixes.
Finch was dismissed just two overs later when he was caught by Alister McDermott at backward point off the bowling of Christian.
Finch’s spectacular innings of 81 came off 51 deliveries and included seven boundaries and three maximums.
The Renegades eventually finished on 210/3 off their 20 overs thanks to Ben Rohrer’s quickfire 36 off 11 balls, which included one boundary and four sixes.
Christian picked up two wickets for the Heat, while Vettori chipped in with one.
Chasing a mammoth target of 211 to win, the Heat got off to a poor start as Craig Kieswetter was caught by Tom Cooper off the bowling of Pattinson for just 10 runs.
Luke Pomersbach managed to make 21 runs before being clean bowled by Aaron O’Brien.
Joe Burns ended up scoring 36 runs before being caught by Buttler at deep midwicket off the bowling of Nathan Rimmington.
Burns’ dismissal led to the Heat’s middle and lower order collapsing.
Cutting proved to be the only exception as he smashed 40 runs off just 19 balls, which included five sixes, before the Heat were bowled out for 153.
Pattinson was the most successful bowler for the Renegades as he claimed three wickets, while O’Brien and Rimmington snapped up two wickets apiece and Muttiah Muralitharan chipped in with one.