The Melbourne Renegades face a fight to make the Big Bash League finals after slumping to their second straight loss of the season.
Melbourne Renegades skipper Aaron Finch admits his team’s batting flop against the Perth Scorchers was embarrassing, but says they’ll come back firing in Monday’s T20 clash with the Brisbane Heat.
Chasing just 118 for victory, the Renegades raced to 0-38 after four overs but choked from that point on to finish at 8-111.
The six-run loss left them with a 0-2 record, meaning they’ll need to win at least four of their remaining six games if they are to make the finals.
Finch was scathing of his team’s top-order collapse, particularly his own dismissal in the fifth over when his swat off Yasir Arafat’s slower ball resulted in an easy catch.
“Our batting was embarrassing,” said Finch, who scored 15.
“My wicket was very poor. I targeted that over as one that we could pretty much win the game from, and I tried to target Yasir.
“It didn’t work. We just lost all our momentum when I played a shocking shot.
“There’s going to be no champagne popping after failing to chase 117. Especially from the top six.
“We were poor. Everyone’s disappointed. But at the end of the day, everyone’s been in situations like this where you should have won the game but didn’t.”
Finch said there was no point dwelling on the loss.
“The one thing you can’t do in this game is go back into your shell, and we definitely won’t be,” he said.
“When you are 0-2 and starting down the barrel of leaving the competition early, I think that can free you up a lot.
“We know we have to win four, probably five games to get into the finals.
“It’s going to be tough. But we’re confident in our group. We’ve got some very good players. They’re all proven Twenty20 players.”
The Scorchers improved their record to 1-1 on the back of Arafat’s heroics with the ball.
The Pakistani paceman only arrived in Perth on Monday, but finished with figures of 3-15 off four overs to swing the match the Scorchers’ way.
Perth will welcome back star all-rounder Nathan Coulter-Nile for Tuesday’s clash with the Strikers in Adelaide, but veteran batsman Adam Voges will miss at least another two games due to a shoulder injury.