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Strikers are all set for Arafat

PERTH Scorchers' Pakistani all-rounder Yasir Arafat produced the fireworks with the ball in the stunning six-run defeat of the Melbourne Renegades on Boxing Day.

Arafat took 3-15 on his debut as the Scorchers defended the lowest total, 117, in Big Bash League history to record Perth's first win this season.

The Scorchers will hope Arafat (pictured) continues where he left off in the clash with the Adelaide Strikers at the Adelaide Oval tonight, but Adelaide opener Michael Klinger is not fazed by the prospect of playing against him.

Klinger, who top-scored with 44 in the Strikers' six-run win against the Sydney Thunder on Friday, knows first-hand what Arafat has in his arsenal after playing county cricket against him in England.

"He has some subtle variations, so our batting group will have done its homework," Klinger said.

But Arafat is not the only bowler Klinger said his side had plans to deal with - veteran wrist spinner Brad Hogg features strongly.

"Hoggy has continued where he left off last season," Klinger said.

"He has some good variations and that good wrong'un."

Round three will be completed tomorrow when the Hobart Hurricanes host the Renegades during the afternoon before the ladder-leading Stars take on the winless Thunder in Sydney.


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