WATCH: Heat vs Hurricanes Highlights
The Melbourne Renegades have kept their semi-final hopes alive after playing out a thrilling KFC Big Bash League win over the Brisbane Heat at the Gabba.
The Renegades piled on 199 runs for the loss of five wickets from their 20 overs, a total that seemed it could be much bigger after Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris smashed 106 for the first wicket from just 9.1 overs.
The Heat defended well during the middle overs with the ball, however will be slightly disappointed with their fielding efforts after two tough chances went down.
Brendon McCullum and Sam Heazlett had the Heat’s chase on target with a superb 70 run partnership from 20 balls, however a constant flow of wickets meant the home side were always just off the pace.
A frantic finish saw the Heat within touching distance of a crucial win, however a bizarre wicket from the final ball saw Brisbane fall to a 1-run loss.
THE FINAL OVER
One of the most dramatic finishes you are likely to see!
The final over started with 18 runs needed from it. Nathan Rimmington then bowled a wide and Joe Burns hit consecutive sixes to give the Heat the upper hand with 5 needed from the final four balls.
Burns looked to finish the game with one hit but was caught at deep mid-off, leaving 5 needed from the final 3. Rimmington did his best to keep the Heat in the game with three wides, leaving three needed from the final ball and two for a super over.
He then bowled another wide, however Mitchell Swepson had looked to scamper through for a single and the Renegades keeper had enough match awareness to run him out at the bowler’s end. Swepson’s was the final wicket to fall, with the Heat bowled out for 198.
Brendon McCullum put in a vintage performance, scoring 64 runs from 40 balls.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
We remain top of the table with the Stars and Scorchers able to go level on 10 points should they win tomorrow.
The Stars' superior net run rate means they will leap us should they win, while the Scorchers will need to hammer the Hurricanes to claim a top two spot.
A semi-final is locked in for the Heat, however we will need to wait until tomorrow night before our opposition and destination is confirmed. A top two finish will see us host a semi-final at the Gabba for the first time.
Another BBL record crowd of 35,112 witnessed one of the games of season. It was also our third sellout of BBL|06!