Our Big Bash League preview heads to spectacular Hobart to watch the firing Hobart Hurricanes take on the Sydney Sixers on Friday night. Expect plenty of sixers in this one!
History: Played 8: Hurricanes 4 V Sixers 4
Last meeting: January 8, 2018: Hurricanes d Sixers by 5 runs at Blundstone Arena, Hobart
Final Thoughts: A big clash for two of the top three teams in the BBL at the scenic Blundstone Arena. Short side boundaries are always a highlight of BBL in Hobart.
The Hurricanes are as close to Big Bash perfection as possible at the moment. The batting lineup has the most destructive opening pair in Matthew Wade (4th most runs) and Darcy Short (2nd most runs). Their middle order is stacked with quality in Bailey (3rd highest run rate) and McDermott, then hitters in Milenko and Faulkner. On the bowling side, somehow Clive Rose’s arm bowls get early wickets, then pace trio Faulkner, Meredith and Archer work over batsmen so they can’t reach big totals. If they do, the Hurricanes ability to chase big totals is second to none.
The Sixers aren’t a side you expect big things from. No big names, just clever cricket players. Jordan Silk is the middle order grafter who continues to prove doubters wrong, whilst import Tom Curran is the most astute recruitment of the year. Sitting 3-2, there feels like there is something missing to take them to the very top. That something is a quality opening pair. Just once this BBL08 have the Sixers scored over 14 runs in their opening partnership. The one time they did? A big chase down of the Heat.
The pitch at Blundstone is always a great one, so we expect a game with big scores. A light dew always falls in Hobart after dark which makes the ball skid through. As a result, batting becomes easier. If the Hurricanes bowl first we expect them to chase down whatever the Sixers can dish up.