- While the defeat to Sixers was the only match so far for Hurricanes, the Sixes have won two out of two so far in the season.
- Sydney Sixers have been in great form and they seem to have all bases covered as of now.
- A lot of Hurricanes' chances could depend on Matthew Wade who was Australia's hero in the semifinal against Pakistan in the T20 WC semifinal.
Date: December 11, 2021
Time: 1:05 PM IST
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground
In what could easily be regarded as a contest for redemption as far as the Hobart Hurricanes are concerned simply because they faced a defeat in their last match against the same opponents, the Hurricanes will meet Sydney Sixers at the latter’s home ground on Saturday. In their last meeting, it was the Sixers’ side that had registered a win. Moreover, while the defeat to Sixers was the only match so far for Hurricanes, the Sixes have won two out of two so far in the season and will be looking to make it a hat-trick of wins.
As was evident in the first match on this surface in the competition, which was none other than the season opener played between the Sixers and the Melbourne Stars, it was a pretty good wicket to bat on which allowed the Sixers batters to breach the 200-run mark and post a competitive 213/4 which they successfully defended. However, bowlers will also get carry and bounce on this wicket which can turn out to be a handy trait for a few bowlers.
Sydney Sixers: The team has been in great form and they seem to have all bases covered as of now. Moises Henriques has had a great start to the tournament, leading from the front and is their leading run scorer. Similarly, if there is another all-rounder who one perform well for the Sixers, don’ be surprised to see Tom Curran coming good in this game.
Curran has been playing a role similar to what Harshal Patel was doing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, coming in with his variations at the death and it is at this stage that batters usually go ahead with their big shots and don’t mind losing their wickets, which increases Tom Curran’s probability of picking wickets.
Hobart Hurricanes: A lot of Hurricanes’ chances could depend on Matthew Wade who was Australia’s hero in the semifinal against Pakistan in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup semifinal. They also have other reliable batters in D Arcy Short, Caleb Jewell and Peter Handscomb, well-supported by a balanced bowling lineup with a mix of pace and spin studded with Nathan Ellis, Thomas Rogers and Sandeep Lamichhane.
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
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
Conclusion: Although it is a match between a team seeking redemption and the side looking to complete a hat-trick, the team which has been winning seems to have the upper hand over the other despite the overall head-to-head record stacked against them. Sixers should be able to win this game.
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