Despite the incredibly close nature of the Hobart Hurricanes' Wednesday night win over Brisbane Heat, coach Adam Griffith always backed his boys.
Defeating the Heat at the Gabba with a direct-hit run-out from captain Peter Handscomb on the final ball as Mark Steketee's bat bounced above the crease, Griffith was forced to sit back and watch.
"You can't do too much from the coaches box but we've got a lot of trust and faith in our bowling group and they've been able to execute at the death many times over so that experience, I knew the boys would be up for the challenge and good enough to get over the line," he said.
"As a coach you go into coach mode and if it was not out, it's a super over so we were sort of starting the planning for who was going to bat and who was going to take the over and all of a sudden I heard the groaning from the local crowd and it was given out.
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"It was really exciting and that's something that's great for the BBL, even though it was a low-scoring game it shows you don't need to get 200 runs for it to be a good game and 150 versus 149 was exciting."
As his side defended their total of 150, the former Tasmanian paceman was incredibly pleased with the work of his bowling unit.
Riley Meredith took 3-21 bowling around 150 kilometres per hour and Scott Boland chipped in with 2-18 in key moments.
"Riley was outstanding with the new ball and I challenged him to set the tone and create that atmosphere to start the innings off with James [Faulkner] out and he an amazing job and he's bowling some good pace at the moment," Griffith said.
"Scotty Boland is just doing what he's done all tournament, he's hitting a good length but it was a really good team effort and the boys bowled really well as a group."
While Griffith praised their batting on a tough Gabba wicket, captain Handscomb admitted it was something they need to work on as they head into back-to-back clashes against his former side, Melbourne Stars, at Bellerive Oval.
"We are getting starts, so the signs are there that we are batting well and then once we put it together, we are close to putting that complete game together which is good," Handscomb said.
"They are a really, really good side - they can take the game away from you with the bat and they've got a very good bowling lineup as well.
"We'll do what we've kept doing, make sure we own our game and then hopefully that looks after the rest and looks after the result."
The Hurricanes welcome another former Melbourne Star into their lineup for the January 2 and 4 clashes and the remainder of the tournament with Sandeep Lamichhane now available.
The 20-year-old Nepalese leg-spinner has overcome COVID-19 following a positive testing in November and will be a valuable inclusion having completed his quarantine period.