Nathan Coulter-Nile gave the Perth Scorchers a parting gift with a match-winning performance in their six-run Big Bash League triumph over the Hobart Hurricanes.
In reply to the Scorchers’ 7-153, the Hurricanes were cruising at 3-133, with Shoaib Malik (26) and Owais Shah (32) seemingly in control in front of 15,355 fans at the WACA.
But with Hobart needing 16 runs off the final two overs, Coulter-Nile turned the match Perth’s way with the wickets of Shah and Ben Laughlin in an over that cost just two runs.
Scorchers import Yasir Arafat was left with the task of bowling the last over.
And the Pakistan paceman did not disappoint, conceding just seven runs when Hobart needed 14 for victory.
However, it was Coulter-Nile who was the true hero of the night, with the star all-rounder finishing with 3-15 off four overs to secure the man-of-the-match award.
Coulter-Nile will now link up with Australia’s one-day squad for their series against England.
The result left Hobart with just one win from four matches, while the Scorchers improved to 3-2.
Although the Scorchers were jubilant in victory, their running between wickets almost cost them dearly earlier in the night as they limped to 7 for 153.
Shaun Marsh (40 off 32) and Simon Katich (22) got the Scorchers off to a solid start with a 60-run opening stand.
But the run-outs of Katich, Adam Voges (2) and Craig Simmons (8) saw the Scorchers stumble to 4 for 89 in the 14th over.
“I probably burned him,” Shaun Marsh said of the communication mix-up that resulted in the run-out of Katich.
“It’s disappointing. We got off to a good start and then lost our way after those run-outs.”
Handy knocks by Mitch Marsh (33) and Ashton Turner (32no) lifted the Scorchers to a competitive total.
Sam Whiteman became the fourth run-out when he attempted a second run on the final ball of the innings.
The four run-outs equalled the record number for an innings in the BBL.
Hurricanes pacemen Doug Bollinger (1-23) and Ben Hilfenhaus (1-27) performed strongly with the ball, but Pakistan spinner Shoaib Malik (0-37) and Ben Laughlin (1-40) copped some punishment.