The Hobart Hurricanes made a successful start to their Big Bash season with a 16 run win, Defeating defending champions in a statement of intent.
Deciding to bowl first the Sydney Sixers grabbed the initiative by picking up early wickets and sending D’Arcy Short back into the pavilion but a good partnership between newly appointed captain Peter Handscomb and Colin Ingram steadied the ship with Tim David hitting his first BBL 50 at a strike rate of well over 150.
What was also fascinating to observe is the first use of the new rules of Big Bash especially the Power Surge with both teams losing a bit of momentum after calling for the two over power surge, Having to go for the big hits the Hobart Hurricanes lost their set batsman Colin Ingram for 55 but still made their way to a score of 178 with small cameos by Nathan Ellis and Scott Boland.
Missing a few key players to International duty, The Sixers made a great start to the run chase beating the Hurricanes ten over score and thereby claiming the Bash Boost, For most part of their innings the Sixers looked at ease with significant contributions from James Vince and Jack Edwards, The former playing a blistering knock of 67 in just 41 balls.
The game looked to be in their pocket with only 71 required of 8 overs and Josh Philippe the only man dismissed but all was gonna crash and burn with a couple of lazy shots from Vince and Daniel Hughes respectively and they Sixers knew they were in outright troUble when they lost Jordan Silk with 34 required of the last 11 balls, by this time even Dan Christian and Carlos Brathwaite could not salvage the situation and the Sixers went up in flames.
Venue – Blundstone Arena
Result – Hurricanes win by 16 runs.
Man Of the Match – Tim David