Heavy winds and heavy hitting threatened to blow him away, but Victorian spinner Fawad Ahmed continued his recent cricketing fairytale in Victoria's five wicket one-day win over Tasmania yesterday.
Pakistan-born Ahmed, who recently made his Australian T20 and one-day debuts in England, went for 20 in a loose first over at Bankstown Oval yesterday.
However, Ahmed (4-38 off 8.2 overs) smashed through the middle and lower order and recorded career-best one-day figures.
Tasmania were well placed at 2-143 in the 34th over, with Ed Cowan (60 off 88 balls) prominent, but the Tigers lost 8-54 to be dismissed for 197 in the 49th over.
In reply, Victoria achieved its target with 5.1 overs to spare after a slight mid-innings wobble.
Left-handers Rob Quiney (49 off 59) and captain Matthew Wade (31 off 28) belted 57 off 10.4 overs following the early loss of Aaron Finch (2 off 13).
Wade and David Hussey (9 off 14) were both run out, as the Bushrangers lost 3-19 and slumped to 4-101,
However, Peter Handscomb (43 not out off 72) and Michael Hill (34 off 57) steadied the innings with a partnership of 60.
Handscomb and John Hastings (23 not out off 26) completed the task.
Ahmed concentrated on bowling at the stumps after a first over he admitted he took too easily, as Cowan belted him for a six and two fours,.
"The guys really supported me and boosted my morale, especially the captain and that was the turning point for me," Ahmed said.
Pakistani refugee Ahmed continued his super run in 2013 after an initially frustrating period as he waited to be granted Australian citizenship following his arrival in the country in 2010.
Tasmania suffered another dramatic collapse after losing 8-46 in Sunday's tournament-opening 81-run loss to NSW.
Cowan added 76 in just under 14 overs with captain George Bailey (29 off 41).
Openers Mark Cosgrove (35 off 51) and Alex Doolan (17 off 30) gave the Tigers a good start with a 42-run partnership off 9.4 overs.