3rd Match (N), Brisbane, Dec 19 2015, Big Bash League
(19.3/20 ov, target 181)
Melb Reneg won by 7 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
Melbourne Renegades
• The Report by Daniel Brettig

Finch, White help Renegades gun down 181

A powerful union between Aaron Finch and Cameron White was augmented by some late fireworks from Dwayne Bravo to push the Melbourne Renegades to a valuable away victory over the Brisbane Heat at the Gabba

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Scorecard summary
Brisbane Heat180/5(20 overs)
Melbourne Renegades184/3(19.3 overs)

9.20pm An excellent chase from Melbourne Renegades to get their season off to a great start. Chasing 181 was never going to be easy, but they paced it to perfection and played out the best bowlers and yet left themselves enough time to chase this down with three balls to spare. Finch led excellently and was ably supported by Cameron White, who made an excellent fifty of his own. In the end, Dwayne Bravo applied the finishing touches to an excellent game. And with that it is a warp from us, till next time, see you.

Aaron Finch is the Man of the Match: "It was a really good chase, Chris took the pressure off the rest of us. We were targeting the short boundary but didn't execute well enough. My drop catch was a bit embarrassing and cost us about 10 runs in the end. We have been training hard and training well."

Hopes to Wade, FOUR runs
that will be it, short outside off and Wade whacks a short delivery over midwicket for four to get Renegades' season off to a sparkling start.
Hopes to Wade, no run
short and wide, Wade smashes it to mid-on. No run, draws a big cheer from the crowd
Hopes to Wade, FOUR runs
full and wide, Wade gets four. Squeezed past point and the sweeper cover cannot get across to it.

Just 5 off the final over, James Hopes given the ball

end of over 1920 runs
MR: 176/3CRR: 9.26 • RRR: 5.00 • Need 5 from 6b
Dwayne Bravo22 (9)
Matthew Wade3 (3)
Mark Steketee4-0-40-1
Samuel Badree4-0-20-0
Steketee to Bravo, no run
yorker outside off, Bravo goes for the slog but makes no connection, instead his bat travels all the way to square leg. Sweaty palms and pressure all around
Steketee to Bravo, 1 wide
well down leg and another wide
Steketee to Bravo, FOUR runs
four more for Bravo. Short and wide, Bravo creams a cut over point for a hugely critical boundary.
Steketee to Bravo, 1 wide
full and wide, outside the tramline but Bravo was standing on off stump, he missed his flick and the umpire calls it a wide. Massive call that
Steketee to Wade, 1 run
lots of luck. Short on off, Wade goes for the slog but gets a thick top edge which flies to third man. Bravo scampers back for the second but is sent back just in time, he makes his ground easily but the bat bounces up as he makes it back. Lots of doubt to be given would be my presumption. Huge moment tin the game, and not out is the verdict.
Steketee to Bravo, 1 run
fullish and wide, Bravo stays in his crease and uppishly caresses a drive to deep cover. They think of two but won't get it
Steketee to Bravo, SIX runs
six more. That could be the game. Full outside off and Bravo leans into the slog and swipes it over long-on for six

What a shot to release the pressure

Steketee to Bravo, SIX runs
what a shot to start. Full on leg, right in Bravo's hitting arc who absolutely clobbers this way over midwicket for a massive six

Mark Steketee to bowl the the big penultimate over

end of over 187 runs
MR: 156/3CRR: 8.66 • RRR: 12.50 • Need 25 from 12b
Dwayne Bravo5 (4)
Matthew Wade2 (2)
Samuel Badree4-0-20-0
Andrew Fekete4-0-44-2
Badree to Bravo, 1 run
shortish on middle, Bravo cuts to point for one. Excellent over and a splendid spell from Badree comes to an end
Badree to Wade, 1 run
tossed up outside off, Wade goes down and plays a fine lap sweep to short fine leg, another single
Badree to Bravo, 1 run
flat on leg, Bravo skips down and clips this to deep midwicket, just the one again
Badree to Wade, 1 run
tossed up outside off, drilled to long-off

Wade with a short-ish boundary to his leg side

Badree to Bravo, 1 run
tossed up on middle, worked to deep midwicket, just the one
Badree to Bravo, 2 runs
short on middle, sits up for Bravo who whacks this in the air but in the gap at deep midwicket, plonks in the surface after pitching

Two men who have not faced a ball are tasked with achieving 32 off 18. Dwayne Bravo now.

end of over 179 runs • 2 wicket
MR: 149/3CRR: 8.76 • RRR: 10.66 • Need 32 from 18b
Matthew Wade0 (0)
Andrew Fekete4-0-44-2
James Hopes2-0-19-0
Fekete to White, OUT
White goes now. Massive turnaround in just two balls. Short again on middle, White swivels and pulls but doesn't get all of it, gets the upper half of the bat and straight down the throat of deep square leg
CL White c Cutting b Fekete 55 (41b 4x4 1x6) SR: 134.14

Matthew Wade enters the arena, under substantial pressure

Match details
Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane
TossBrisbane Heat , elected to bat first
SeriesBig Bash League 2015
Player Of The Match
Aaron Finch
Hours of play (local time)18.10 start, First Session 18.10-19.25, Interval 19.25-19.40, Second Session 19.40-21.10
Match days19 December 2015 - night match (20-over match)
Twenty20 debut
Guy Walker
Ashley Barrow
Sam Nogajski
TV Umpire
Geoff Joshua
Reserve Umpire
Benjamin Farrell
Match Referee
Peter Marshall
PointsMelbourne Renegades 2, Brisbane Heat 0