A swashbuckling century partnership between Aaron Finch and Jos Buttler has helped Melbourne Renegades to a huge win over Brisbane Heat.
Finch’s 81 off 51 and Buttler’s 61 off 36 set up a 57-run win by the Renegades who amassed 3-210 from their 20 overs.
The Heat finished well short, all out for 153 from 19.2 overs as James Pattinson (3-36 off four overs) put the icing on the cake for the home side with a strong return to competitive cricket.
Finch’s wagon wheel included fours to all corners of the ground and three sixes in a stand lasting to the 18th over.
Joined by Buttler with new Test squad member Alex Doolan out for 13, the pair’s stand set up a total the Heat could never threaten.
The Englishman initially looked happy feeding the strike to Finch – Buttler took 17 balls to record his first boundary – but he quickly involved himself in the feeding frenzy.
Four sixes in three overs – including 16 off three Ben Cutting balls – surged the Renegades past 100 in the 12th over.
Captain Dan Vettori (1-20 off 4 overs) returned himself to the attack and claimed Buttler in the 16th over but the Renegades were already on track for a mammoth score.
Finch took three fours from the expensive Cutting (0-51 off 3.3 overs) but fell the next over to Christian (2-43 off 4 overs), flying a ball to third man.
His departure led to an extraordinary cameo from Ben Rohrer, who scored 36 off 11 balls – with two sixes off Alister McDermott beamers that had the bowler sin-binned.
Cutting completed the 28-run over, the Renegades equalling the Big Bash record innings of 210 – set by the Hobart Hurricanes two days prior against the Heat.
Demoralised from conceding 420 runs in 40 overs across 48 hours, the Heat never looked likely in reply.
Pattinson struck in his second over to remove Craig Kieswetter (10) before Aaron O’Brien put an end to Luke Pomersbach’s Shield-style innings (21 off 30).
Dan Christian and Joe Burns tried to get the Heat moving but when they were both removed by Nathan Rimmington in the 12th over the match was effectively over despite an eye catching 40 off 19 balls from Cutting.