- Given the trend so far in the tournament, it has been a fine balance between bat and ball.
- The top three batters Josh Philippe, James Vince and captain Moises Henriques scored 203 of the Sixers’ total of 213 runs in the first match.
Date: December 08, 2021
Time: 1:05 PM IST
Venue: York Park, Tasmania
After narrowly missing out on reaching the Playoff stage of the Big Bash League last season, Hobart Hurricanes will look to make amends this year and start on a winning note when they take on Sydney Sixers in their first match of the competition. However, the Sixers have already made their intentions clear by a dominating 152-run win in the tournament opener against Melbourne Stars. The defending champions looked clinical right from the word go and will want to carry forward their campaign in a similar fashion against the Hurricanes.
Pitch Report- All eyes will be on the 22 yards on offer at York Park. But given the trend so far in the tournament, it has been a fine balance between bat and ball with runs for the taking for a good shot. However, if the bowler has bowled in good areas, especially if the team is already under pressure after a couple of tight overs, the batters will find it tough to get going and could even give away their wickets cheaply. Expect a fine tussle between bat and ball at this venue, perhaps marginally in favour of the batters than the bowlers.
Hobart Hurricanes: With the likes of all-rounder Tim David being roped in to compliment spinner Sandeep Lamichhane in the overseas department, the team has tried to deal with a few of its issues. Moreover, opener and wicket-keeper Matthew Wade is also likely to start in this match and strengthen the team ahead of their opening game.
Sydney Sixers: The top three batters Josh Philippe, James Vince and captain Moises Henriques scored 203 of the Sixers’ total of 213 runs in the first match between themselves which is enough indication of the power and might of their batting order. Having got off to a great start, they would now want to carry on with the same momentum moving forward in the tournament. Their bowlers were spot on as well and the likes of Tom Curran and Chris Jordan could have a huge responsibility ahead of them.
Hobart Hurricanes: Scott Boland, Harry Brook, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Peter Handscomb, Caleb Jewell, Josh Kann, Sandeep Lamichhane, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Mitch Owen, Joel Paris, Wil Parker, Tom Rogers, D’Arcy Short, Jordan Thompson, Matthew Wade, Mac Wright
Sydney Sixers: Moises Henriques, Sean Abbott, Jackson Bird (Lawrence Neil-Smith), Daniel Christian, Tom Curran, Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards, Mickey Edwards, Daniel Hughes, Chris Jordan (first five matches), Hayden Kerr, Nathan Lyon (Nick Winter), Ben Manenti, Stephen O’Keefe, Josh Philippe, Lloyd Pope, Jordan Silk, James Vince
Conclusion: Despite Hurricanes enjoying a superior record historically, the way Sixers have started this season after winning the final last time, they can make easy work of their match against Hurricanes. Thus, backing the Sixers to win this game although Hurricanes too could be a force to reckon with in this fixture.
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