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Melbourne Renegades avoid embarrassment to beat Brisbane Heat

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The Melbourne Renegades recorded their third win of this season's Big Bash League with a five-wicket triumph over the Brisbane Heat.

Due to Aaron Finch joining up with the Australian national side, Ben Rohrer was named stand in captain and his first task in the role was to win the toss. He did just that and sent a fragile Heat line up to bat first.

And fragile it was with four of the Heat's top six batsmen being dismissed for ducks as Shakib al Hasan ripped through the middle order, taking 4-13.

When Andrew Flintoff was run out for three, the Brisbane outfit were 39/7, with only Peter Forrest passing 20. All-rounder Ben Cutting added a little dignity to the score, managing 30, but his side were all out for 80 inside 17.3 overs, with no player with a strike-rate beyond 100.

Confidence would have been high in the Renegades camp as Matt Wade and Alex Doolan walked to the crease, knowing that victory was on the cards and, should they successfully chase down the 81 runs target, would keep alive hopes of qualifying for the next stage.

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That confidence may have been tarnished slightly when Wade was dismissed second ball and exacerbated further when a flurry of wickets saw the Renegades collapse to 39/5.

Bottom of the table Heat would have fancied their chances after this good early work with the ball, but the Melbourne side's blushes were spared as an unbeaten sixth wicket partnership between Ben Rohrer (25* off 31) and Tom Beaton (31* off 16) led their side to victory with six overs remaining.

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