The Renegades have lost their second consecutive match of BBL|06, falling to the Sixers by six wickets with three deliveries remaining.
Defending a target of 171, it appeared the Sixers were cruising to the total when they only needed 28 off 24 deliveries, with seven wickets in hand.
But Sri Lankan Thisara Perera, making his Renegades debut, bowled superbly in the 17th and 19th overs; sandwiched around Matt Short only conceding six in the 18th over.
It left the Sixers with nine to make off the final over, bowled by James Pattinson.
A dot ball to start made the equation nine off five balls, but a boundary, followed by a no ball, effectively ended the match before the Sixers ran the final two required off the free hit.
Despite confusion reigning in the middle after the free hit was bowled, the Sixers were eventually awarded the win.
A series of contributions from the Sixers’ top four allowed the home side to chase down the target. Daniel Hughes (41 off 29) and the returning Michael Lumb (31 off 22) combined to put on 72 for the opening wicket before the former was dismissed by Sunil Narine.
Lumb’s innings ended in strange circumstances, a ball after a forced delay. Peter Nevill was on the receiving end of an awkward bounce and a nasty knock to the head.
The Renegades’ wicket keeper was forced to leave the field for a concussion test, which meant Aaron Finch had to take the gloves in the meantime.
Straight after the resumption, Lumb edged one to Narine on the edge of the circle.
Moises Henriques (30 off 20) and Nic Maddinson (26 off 17) brought the Sixers to the doorstep before Brad Haddin (31* off 23) finished the chase off.
Earlier, Finch top scored for his side after he won the toss and elected to bat first.
His 57, the second half-century of the tournament, featured only three boundaries and one six as he regularly ceded strike to his batting partners.
Tom Cooper (39 off 24) played exceptionally and Callum Ferguson (39 off 25) finished the innings strongly with two sixes in the final over.
However, the 170 wasn’t enough for victory. The Renegades must now regroup before facing the Hurricanes in a must-win encounter at Etihad Stadium on Thursday night.
The batting comparison, over by over
1: Renegades 1/6, Sixers 0/1
2: Renegades 1/14, Sixers 0/13
3: Renegades 1/23, Sixers 0/21
4: Renegades 2/36, Sixers 0/31
5: Renegades 2/52, Sixers 0/46
6: Renegades 2/57, Sixers 0/60
7: Renegades 2/60, Sixers 0/65
8: Renegades 2/69, Sixers 1/74
9: Renegades 2/83, Sixers 1/79
10: Renegades 2/88, Sixers 2/86
11: Renegades 2/94, Sixers 2/96
12: Renegades 3/100, Sixers 2/104
13: Renegades 3/109, Sixers 2/118
14: Renegades 3/117, Sixers 3/121
15: Renegades 3/124, Sixers 3/133
16: Renegades 3/133, Sixers 3/143
17: Renegades 4/138, Sixers 4/149
18: Renegades 5/146, Sixers 4/155
19: Renegades 5/154, Sixers 4/162
20: Renegades 6/170, Sixers 4/171 (19.3)