The Melbourne Renegades are likely in the market for a new import after all-rounder Dwayne Bravo suffered a hamstring injury in their Big Bash League loss to the Perth Scorchers.
The West Indies star stumbled awkwardly as he moved at full pace while trying to field a Michael Klinger cut shot on Thursday night.
Scans confirmed Bravo will need surgery on the injury, which occurred when his left leg buckled beneath him, pitching him forward into the turf at Docklands.
“Unfortunately my Big Bash season is over which is very disappointing,” Bravo said.
“I’ll now have surgery and the rehabilitation to get me fit and playing at my best again. I want to thank all the Renegades fans for their support for me and I hope to see them again next season.”
Competition rules allow the Renegades to sign a replacement but finding someone of Bravo’s quality at such short notice would be a tall order.
Bravo left the game on a stretcher in the 11th over, having bowled just one of his four overs, leaving the Renegades attack short-handed.
Still, the home side did well to claw their way back into the contest.
Finch, a part-time spinner, bowled the last over with the visitors needing nine runs.
He dismissed Mitch Marsh then Adam Voges but served up a last-ball full toss that Ashton Agar dispatched over the fence for six with three runs required for the win.
“I should have hit the pitch shouldn’t I?” Finch mused. “I tried to get a yorker in there but unfortunately I missed it and paid the price.
“We nearly pulled one out of the hat there, we didn’t really have many other options, but with Dwayne only bowling his one over it was pretty unfortunate.”