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Arafat picked up three key wickets
The Perth Scorchers emerged victorious in their thrilling low-scoring encounter against the Melbourne Renegades at the WACA.
The Renegades fell six runs short of their target of 118.
Scorchers captain Simon Katich won the toss and chose to bat first.
His decision looked to be the right one as the Scorchers’ opening pair of himself and Shaun Marsh put together a 48-run partnership before he was caught behind off the bowling of Tom Cooper for 29.
Marsh managed to make 31 before being caught by Alex Doolan at the long-off boundary off the bowling of William Sheridan.
Following Marsh’s dismissal, the Scorchers’ middle and lower order completely collapsed.
It was only thanks to Mitchell Marsh’s 16, Ashton Turner’s 14 and Tim Armstrong’s 11 that the Scorchers were able to reach 117 at the end of their 20 overs.
Nathan Rimmington and Andrew Fekete were the pick of the Renegades’ bowlers with two wickets apiece, while Sheridan, Cooper and Muttiah Muralitharan chipped in with one wicket each.
Chasing a straightforward 118 to win, the Renegades got off to a rocky start as captain Aaron Finch was caught by Brad Hogg at backward point off the bowling of Yasir Arafat for 15.
Doolan could only make 21 before being clean bowled by Jason Behrendorff.
Mitchell Marsh dismissed Ben Rohrer and Jos Buttler in the same over as the Renegades collapsed to 58/4.
Cooper scored 19 runs before being caught by Mitchell Marsh at mid-on off the bowling of Alfonso Thomas.
Peter Nevill only managed to amass five runs before being caught by Turner at backward point to become Arafat’s second victim of the match.
Rimmington failed to have an impact as he was run out for four runs.
Sheridan was the next to go as he hit a delivery from Arafat straight to Shaun Marsh at long-off.
Thanks to Thomas’ fabulous bowling in the final over of the match, the Renegades choked and lost the match by six runs.
Arafat was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Mitchell Marsh picked up two and Thomas and Behrendorff chipped in with one wicket apiece.