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Heat is on after being swept away by Hurricanes

MELBOURNE Renegades' big-hitting Australian opener Aaron Finch has not fired in his first two games in the Big Bash League this season - Brisbane Heat will hope he won't tonight.

Finch, who blasted 156 off only 63 balls, the highest ever individual score in a Twenty20 international, against England in August, has scored just 32 and 15.

To make the Renegades captain feel even worse, his side lost both of its games.

Now the Heat, the defending champion, will be in the firing line in the opening game of round three at Melbourne's Etihad Stadium, and the Brisbane side is hurting after leaking a BBL record of 210 runs in the stunning three-wicket loss against Hobart Hurricanes at the Gabba on Saturday night.

Dan Christian (70 no), Joe Burns (69) and Craig Kieswetter (50) starred with the bat as the Heat posted the then highest BBL score, 3-209.

But it was all in vain as its new record stood for barely a couple of hours after Queenslander Ben Dunk inspired the Hurricanes to victory with four balls to spare.

Dunk recorded the fastest ever BBL fifty - from just 20 balls - having previously scored more than 50 just once in 17 Twenty20 appearances.

He was finally out for 67 - an innings which included five fours and four massive sixes.

Now the Heat have been hit hard on the injury front with captain James Hopes ruled out of tonight's game after suffering an abdominal strain while fielding against Hobart.

The Renegades are set to include Aussie fast bowler James Pattinson, while another quick, Queenslander Matthew Gale is also in contention to make his debut.

Leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed is also in contention to play his first match in the competition this season.



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