Nathan Coulter-Nile belts one out of the park. Photo: Getty Images
A whirlwind display of hitting by Nathan Coulter-Nile delivered Perth a nine-wicket victory over Brisbane in a rain-marred Big Bash League clash on Tuesday.
Needing 51 to win off just five overs following a lengthy rain delay, Coulter-Nile belted 23 off just six balls including 20 runs off one Dan Christian over before Shaun Marsh (19 not out) sealed the win with a six in the final over.
James Hopes appeared to have set the Heat on the way to victory when he conceded just six runs off the third over, taking the wicket of Herschelle Gibbs (9) in the process.
But Coulter-Nile, elevated into a pinch-hitting role, took the game away from the home team with a powerful display.
Brisbane faced 13.1 overs in their innings before the heavens opened to delay play for more than an hour.
Chris Lynn scored 51 off 29 balls, the fastest half-century in this summer's BBL competition, as he shared an 84-run fourth-wicket stand with Christian (37no) to lift the Heat to 4-109.
Alfonso Thomas and former Test spinner Michael Beer took two wickets each for the Scorchers, who have now won two games straight.
Coulter-Nile said his aim when he came to the crease following Gibbs' dismissal was pretty simple - swing hard.
"I spoke to SOS (Marsh) and said 'don't worry about the score, let's just try and hit the ball as clean as we can every one' and that worked for us," the all-rounder told reporters.
"You can't really do anything else. Sounds strange but you just have to go out there and slog and that's what we did."
Hopes was left to lament what could have been, saying he was happy with how his team was travelling before the rain came.
"The frustrating thing is with nine balls to go, we shouldn't lose should we?," he told reporters.
"Two hits. Two good hits and that's the game. We just didn't execute at the end."
The Heat's next match is against the Melbourne Renegades at Etihad Stadium on Saturday while the Scorchers don't play again until their home clash with the Renegades at the WACA Ground on December 29.
J HOPES c Gibbs b Thomas 5
L POMERSBACH c Cartwright b Thomas 0
J BURNS c Hogg b Beer 10
D CHRISTIAN not out 37
C LYNN c Thomas b Beer 51
P FORREST not out 3
Sundries (2lb, 1w) 3
Total (4 wkts - 13.1 overs) 109
Fall of wickets: 1 (Pomersbach), 5 (Hopes), 19 (Burns), 103 (Lynn)
Bowling: A Thomas 3-0-15-2, M Beer 4-0-17-2, N Coulter-Nile 3-0-39-0, B Hogg 2-0-18-0, H Cartwright 1.1-0-18-0 (1w)
S MARSH not out 19
H GIBBS c Forrest b Hopes 9
N COULTER-NILE not out 23
Total (1 wkt - 4.2 overs) 51
Fall of wicket: 17 (Gibbs)
Bowling: K Roach 1-0-5-0, B Cutting 1-0-11-0, J Hopes 1-0-6-1, D Christian 1-0-21-0, T Perera 0.2-0-8-0
Result: Perth Scorchers won by 9 wickets under Duckworth-Lewis method
Man of the Match: Nathan Coulter-Nile