Sydney Sixers haven’t had the best of starts to their BBL season as they begin their season with a defeat to the hands of Hobart Hurricanes. The defending champions won the bat flip and elected to bowl first in the opening match of BBL 10. Both teams were missing their crucial players as Sixers were missing Nathan Lyon, Starc, Henriques and Smith who all featured in the previous edition of BBL which led them to their second title win. Hurricanes were missing services of the keeper batsman Mathew Wade and star bowler Jofra Archer.
The Hurricanes didn’t began their innings well as they lost both their openers within first two overs. Will Jacks and D’Arcy Short both went back to the pavilion without troubling the scorers. Colin Ingram and captain Handscomb tried to settle the innings and took the score forward. Handscomb tried to accelerate the innings and was stumped out after scoring 24 runs. Colin Ingram played a decent knock of 55 off 42 deliveries with 7 boundaries and 1 maximum.
Tim David provided the finishing touch to the innings as he went on to score 58 off 33 deliveries with 8 boundaries and1 maximum. Nathan Ellis also helped in taking score beyond 175 with his 2 maximums. Hurricanes ended their innings on 178 for loss of 8 wickets. For Sixers, Dan Chirstian was the pick of bowlers as picked 3 wickets and gave 36 runs in his 4 over quota.
Sixers lost their keeper Josh Philippe early on in their second innings. The innings was stabilized by Jack Edwards and James Vince as they went on to add 116 run stand for second wicket. Edwards was sent back by Riley Meredith on 47. Sixers was in a comfortable position to win the game as Vince was striking the ball beautifully. But Vince wasn’t getting any support from other end as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. The pressure got on to Vince and was trapped in front of the wickets to Faulkner at score of 67. Sixers couldn’t come back in to the game after losing Vince as they lost the game by 16 runs. James Faulkner came in to the limelight after long time as he was the star performer with the ball for Hurricanes.
Tim David was declared as the player of the match for his stunning knock of 58 off 33 deliveries which provided the finish Hurricanes required.
Tomorrow Melbourne Stars and Brisbane Heat will lock horns in the second match of the Big Bash League.