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Arafat wins it for Scorchers in super over

By Chris Pike
10 January 2014 11:13PM EST

THE Perth Scorchers have pulled off a remarkable Big Bash League victory with Adam Voges and Yasir Arafat the heroes in a super over on Friday night at the SCG.

Brett Lee started the game on fire for the Sixers taking two wickets and conceding no runs in the Scorchers' opening over, but another brilliant 71 from Simon Katich and an impressive 54 from Sam Whiteman saw the Scorchers still manage to post a competitive 5-153.

The Sixers then also started their innings disastrously falling to 4-20 before Steve Smith continued on his Ashes Test form making 65 before falling in the 18th over, and then Pakistani Arafat starred for the Scorchers finishing with 4-24 from his four overs as the Sixers score 9-153 to set up a super over.

The Sixers decided to send in Smith and Moises Henriques to bat their super over up against the on-fire Arafat, and the Pakistan international got rid of Smith first ball bowling him as he attempted a scoop shot.

Nic Maddinson then joined Henriques and got a single to bring Henriques on strike, and he didn’t manage to get bat on ball on his first delivery and then with the second was caught at backward point to end the Sixers' over at 2-1 meaning the Scorchers needing two to win.

Bizarrely, the Scorchers didn’t go with Katich in the super over after he continued his hot form making 71 earlier in the night.

However, Voges made it out to be the right decision smashing Lee's first ball for four to win the game for the Scorchers as they pulled out their third victory from nowhere this season to consolidate second position in the BBL ahead of the Melbourne Stars.

The Scorchers won the toss and decided to bat first, but Lee made that a horror start with Craig Simmons having no idea against his full, straight ball and he was bowled for a second-ball duck.

Mitch Marsh then came and went for just two balls as well caught behind as Lee's brilliant first over continued.

The Scorchers were 2-0 when wicket-keeper batsman Whiteman joined Katich to face the fifth ball of the innings and even though he survived the final two deliveries, the two-wicket maiden opening over set the tone for the Sixers.

Katich, though, continued his form for the Scorchers taking 14 from Josh Hazlewood's first over as he and Whiteman began to steady things for the Scorchers after the horror start.

Without trying anything outlandish and on a hard surface that slowed up with the pace taken off the ball, Katich and Whiteman did well combining for a 129-run partnership off 103 balls to set things up nicely for the Scorchers.

The pair took the Scorchers from being in trouble at 2-0 to 2-129 after 17 overs before Whiteman fell for a well-made 54 from 49 balls with three fours and a six before Lee came back on and bowled him.

Katich then fell three balls later as well but not before another outstanding knock from the captain with 71 from 56 balls with seven boundaries.

The experienced Voges did well late for the Scorchers remaining not out 19 from eight balls with a four and six to help the visitors reach 5-153 from 20 overs.

Lee was the star with the ball for the Sixers with 4-28 from his four overs with Hazlewood taking 1-36 from four.

Steve O'Keefe and Maddinson opened up the innings for the Sixers but neither got going with Jason Behrendorff bowling O'Keefe for 10 and Arafat getting rid of Maddinson for eight..

Henriques then made a four-ball duck when caught behind by Whiteman off Behrendorff and suddenly the Sixers were 4-20 when Marcus North was out first ball the exact same way.

Behrendorff missed his hat-trick, but the damage had been done before Jordan Silk and Steve Smith led a recovery mission.

The pair put on a solid partnership of 55 in 46 balls to get things somewhat back on track when Silk was out to an incredibly soft caught and bowled from Voges.

He made 23 but it was Steve Smith who was the danger man for the Scorchers as he continued on his terrific Ashes Test form.

Dan Smith came and went for 12, but his namesake continued to look in control until the 18th over when Arafat managed to get rid of him for a terrific 65 from 48 balls with six fours and a six.

That left the Sixers in desperate trouble and despite a big six from Lee off the struggling Alfonso Thomas, Chris Tremlett and Hazlewood at the finish only managed a single off the final ball from Arafat to send the game into a super over.

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