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Coulter-Nile picked up three key wickets
Australia pace bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile took three wickets to help the Perth Scorchers skirt past the Hobart Hurricanes by six runs at the WACA.
Coulter-Nile was well supported by opening batsman Shaun Marsh, who scored 40 runs, and Ashton Turner, who smashed a quickfire 32.
Scorchers captain Simon Katich won the toss and chose to bat first.
His decision to do so paid off as he and Marsh were involved in a 60-run partnership before he was run out for 22.
Marsh was dismissed the very next over as he was caught behind off the bowling of Ben Hilfenhaus for 40.
Marsh’s brilliant knock of 40 came of 32 balls and included four boundaries and a six.
Following Marsh’s dismissal, Adam Voges and Craig Simmons were removed in quick succession to leave the Scorchers struggling at 89/4.
Mitchell Marsh came to the rescue with a fantastic innings of 33 off 31 deliveries, which included two boundaries and a six, before he was caught by Ben Dunk at deep backward square off the bowling of Ben Laughlin.
Turner gave the Scorchers a last second surge of energy as he hammered 32 runs off 17 balls, which included two boundaries and a six, to take his side to 153/7 at the end of their 20 overs.
Hilfenhaus, Laughlin and Doug Bollinger all picked up one wicket apiece.
Chasing 154 to win, the Hurricanes got off to a poor start as captain Tim Paine was caught by Katich at mid-on off the bowling of Coulter-Nile for nine runs.
Dunk managed to score 28 runs before being caught by Shaun Marsh at point off the bowling of Mitchell Marsh.
Travis Birt only amassed 22 runs before being run out.
Pakistan import Shoaib Malik and England batsman Owais Shah put together a 51-run partnership before Malik was caught by Jason Behrendorff off the bowling of Yasir Arafat for 26.
Shah ended up making 32 runs off 26 balls, which included three boundaries and a six, before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Coulter-Nile.
Coulter-Nile also claimed the wicket of Laughlin as the Hurricanes failed to reach their target at the end of their 20 overs.
Coulter-Nile was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Arafat snapped up two and Mitchell Marsh chipped in with one.