Yasir Arafat leads Perth Scorchers to remarkable BBL win

New international signing Yasir Arafat has produced an inspired spell to lead the Perth Scorchers to an unlikely six-run victory over Melbourne Renegades at #TheFurnace on Boxing Day.

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The Scorchers made KFC Big Bash League history by successfully defending the lowest-ever score from a completed match, having managed only 7-117 from their 20 overs.

Arafat was sensational with the ball, finishing with 3-15 from four overs, while Mitchell Marsh claimed 2-15 as the Renegades were remarkably restricted to 8-111.

The Renegades were cruising at 0-38 after four overs in reply, until the 31-year-old Pakistan seamer’s introduction turned the game.

Arafat dismissed Renegades skipper Aaron Finch with his second ball in a dream opening over which went down as a wicket maiden. Mitchell Marsh’s double-wicket maiden in the 10th over really swayed the contest with the Renegades slumping to 4-58 after 10 overs.

But given the Scorchers’ modest score with the bat, the Renegades remained in the hunt. Arafat, though, had the big say, dismissing Peter Nevill before having Will Sheridan caught in the penultimate over to guide the hosts home.

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Earlier, Simon Katich had won the toss and elected to bat, and it was the veteran who got the Scorchers off to a flyer with five boundaries in his quickfire 29 which had the hosts at 0-45 after six overs.

However, upon Katich’s dismissal the Scorchers struggled to handle the spin of the Renegades, with Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan finishing with 1-13 from his four overs.

Shaun Marsh was the Scorchers’ topscorer with 31 off 34 balls, but there wasn’t enough firepower in the innings, with the side remarkably going 14 overs without a boundary.

Youngsters Ashton Turner and Tim Armstrong helped tick the score beyond 100, with the Scorchers settling for 7-117.

In reply, Finch and Alex Doolan had the Renegades appearing in control at 0-38 from four overs, before Arafat’s introduction. Jason Behrendorff dismissed Doolan for 21 shortly after Finch’s departure to apply the pressure.

Mitchell Marsh’s double-wicket maiden handed the Scorchers hope, and the steady flow of wickets led by Arafat’s brilliance and the economical bowling of fan favourite Brad Hogg, helped the hosts take control.

The Renegades still remained in the mix, needing 30 off 24 balls with four wickets to spare, but Shaun Marsh ran out Nathan Rimmington, and Arafat got rid of Sheridan.

The visitors required 13 off the final over, but Alfonso Thomas kept his cool to help the Scorchers to victory by six runs.

The Scorchers’ next match is away to Adelaide Strikers on New Year’s Eve.

James Buttler

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