Coulter-Nile scorches at death to blow out the Hurricanes in BBL03

Nathan Coulter-Nile and Yasir Arafat have produced some sensational death bowling to lead the Perth Scorchers to a sensational six-run victory over Hobart Hurricanes at #TheFurnace on Tuesday night.

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Coulter-Nile, who will now link up with Australia’s ODI squad, finished with Man of the Match honours after taking 3-15 from four overs, while Arafat (2-27) was ice cool in the final over, much to the delight of 15,355 fans at #TheFurnace.

“At the 16th over, the mood wasn’t great”, Coulter-Nile said after the match. “Then Yas bowled that amazing over and those yorkers and slower balls were unbelievable and the belief came back, the crowd got behind us and the rest is history.”

The Scorchers appeared set for defeat with the Hurricanes cruising with Owais Shah and Shoaib Malik at the crease at 3-133 with three overs left.

However, Arafat and Coulter-Nile were brilliant in the dying overs, with 4-14 off the final three, improving the Scorchers’ record to 3-2 and firming up their grip on a top-four spot. The Pakistan seamer got rid of Malik and Jonathon Wells in the 18th over, before Coulter-Nile’s stunning penultimate over where he took 2-2.

The Hurricanes needed 14 off the final over and Arafat kept his cool, denying Aiden Blizzard and Ben Hilfenhaus as the Scorchers maintained their 100 per cent home record in BBL|03.

Earlier, Scorchers skipper Simon Katich won the toss and elected to bat, but run outs plagued the home side’s innings, with four batsmen departing in such fashion.

Shaun Marsh top scored for the Scorchers with 40 off 32 balls, as part of a promising opening stand with Katich. However, upon their departure wickets fell fast, but cameos from Mitch Marsh (33 off 31) and Ashton Turner (32* off 17) helped the Scorchers to a defendable 7-153.

In reply, Coulter-Nile dismissed Hurricanes captain Tim Paine early, but Ben Dunk (28) and Travis Birt (22) threatened to blow the home side away with quickfire knocks. Jason Behrendorff sensationally ran out former WA batsman Birt to have Hobart 3-82 after 10 overs, before Malik and Shah’s partnership of 51 runs looked like leading the visitors to glory.

But Coulter-Nile and Arafat intervened, taking a combined 4-14 from the final three overs to produce a famous win.

“We know that we can defend low totals and we know that Yas can bowl beautifully, but I don’t think we can rely on our bowlers doing this every week”. Coulter-Nile added. “Yeah, we win some close ones at home, but we’ve got to start winning games away. That’s going to be easier if we’re getting 170, 180 on the board.”

Pat Cummins on verge of a return

The Scorchers are next in action away to the in-form Sydney Sixers at the SCG on Friday night.

“I hear whispers that we’ll be getting Patty Cummins back some time soon, so he’ll be a massive inclusion,” Coulter-Nile enthused. “Having that experience – I know he hasn’t played a lot of games, but he’s been in the setup – so having that away from home helps.

“The reason why it’s hard to win away from home is that people don’t know the surroundings and the crowd gets on your back, so people who have experienced that before are obviously going to be a lot more helpful when we’re away.”

James Buttler

James has been working as a journalist and broadcaster in cricket since 2006 and was an avid fan for many years before that.
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