Hobart: Sydney Sixers fell short by 16 after having a wonderful start with their innings, but some tight bowling in the middle reversed their hopes and went in favor of the Hurricanes in their own turf
Hobart Hurricanes started their innings with a fumble after Jacks got out in the second ball of the innings in the hands of Manenti, who was bowling from around the wicket. An on slot delivery tricked Jacks to play that silly shot towards the bowler with a comfortable catch. Hobarts knew how to revive an innings in their own turf, as Ingram counter attacked Manenti in the same over.
Darcy Short who just represented his country in the Three T20Is agsinst India, played a disappointing knock by getting out in the first slip for Duck. Having trailed behind at 2/4, Ingram and the experienced Handscomb looked to be optimistic with their approach to play every ball. After having crossed the 20 run mark, it was just boundaries and singles, keeping them at a steady run rate of near 6 per over, before which Hurricanes lost their third wicket when Handscomb was stumped out for 24 of just 20 balls.
With 3/59 at the 9th over, Hurricanes needed a crucial partnership or a set of successful partnerships to get them a competitive total. To ensure this, Ingram stayed at the crease and , was well supported by David, who was looking to attack the moment he entered the crease, likewise reducing the burden of Ingram. David got his half century in a style having smacked a boundary on the long on area.
Sydney Sixers on the other hand was fielding brilliantly with their stunning fielding. Post Ingram’s departure, Faulkner guided David to play his natural game , as Faulkner did not have any trouble settling in and was quite accustomed to the situation, having played some match winning roles for Australia. David’s knock of 58 of just 33 balls helped Hurricanes get to the total of 178.
With 179 required for the defending champions, Faulkner grabbed an early breakthrough with the wicket of Philippe, who was trapped before the wicket. Sydney was still on a better situation than Hurricanes, cruising at almost 9 per over. Vince and Edwards seemed they were in a hurry to finish off the game as the first 13 overs belonged to Sydney Sixers who were cruising at 1/118 with a century partnership of 116, before Vince was out in a similar fashion like Philippe.
From here on in, Meredith who went for 20 of his first two overs, choked the runs and snapped wickets at the middle, not giving them too much space to settle down. Ellis and Boland gave a push throughout the death overs, not giving Sixers a single loose ball, and the courtesy of which gave Hurricanes a 16 run victory.
The inaugural match of was hosted in the Blundstone Arena , in Hobart with half of the attendance. The Crowd did come in good numbers and enjoyed every moment of the game, as they usually do. With the season starting off with an exciting match, the BBL fans are hoping for more close encounters like this.