Renegades stutter, but secure win
Melbourne Renegades 5 for 81 (Beaton 31*, Rohrer 25*, Christian 2-13) beat Brisbane Heat 80 (Cutting 30, Shakib 4-13) by five wickets
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A four-wicket haul from Shakib Al Hasan sent the Melbourne Renegades on their way to a five-wicket victory against the Brisbane Heat at the Docklands Stadium. Shakib contributed 4 for 13 with his left-arm spin to wreck the Heat's middle order, as the visitors were bundled out for 80 inside 18 overs.
The Heat, having been inserted, never really got going in their innings, as James Pattinson dismissed Jimmy Peirson and Joe Burns with his first two deliveries. Ben Cutting was the team's top scorer with 30, and Peter Forrest chipped in with 22, but the team's next highest source of runs were the nine extras conceded by the Renegades' bowlers. In all, the Heat could manage only five fours and a six throughout their innings, as Peter Siddle, Shakib, Fawad Ahmed and Nathan Rimmington all went at under six an over.
It appeared that the Renegades would be heading towards a straightforward win, but the hosts did not begin their chase convincingly, as their top three batsmen departed to the dugout within five overs. Renegades could have fallen further back had Stephen Parry not spilled an easy catch from Ben Rohrer when the batsman was still on 0.
The Heat fought back with two more quick wickets - Callum Ferguson and Shakib - but they were made to rue their missed opportunity to get rid of Rohrer, as he and Tom Beaton halted the slide and guided the team home in 14 overs. Beaton was the more aggressive foil in the pair's unbroken 42-run stand, muscling two fours and sixes each during his 16-ball 31, while Rohrer's 25 was mainly composed of singles and twos to keep the score ticking.
The defeat was the Heat's sixth from seven matches, keeping them rooted to the bottom of the table.