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The T20I series between India and Australia turned out to be a spectacle after a long time. With fans back at the venues, the series laid a solid foundation for the return of fans into the stadiums. The excitement was on its pinnacle and the series acted as a perfect precursor to the Big Bash League 2020, which is all set to begin on 10th December.
Big Bash League is known for its innovation and they have brought about three exciting rules in the competition. Whether or not they'll be successful is a discussion for another day, but the fans will certainly have something to look forward to in this tournament. The tournament is set to kick-off with Hobart Hurricanes taking on Sydney Sixers at Bellerive Oval, Hobart on 10th December 2020.
Hobart Hurricanes have a huge dependency on D'Arcy Short and Matthew Wade and that was apparent last year as well. They got off to a flying start with Short and Wade racking up runs, but once Wade was called up for national duty, the Hurricanes lost the plot. Eventually, they qualified for the playoffs but were humbled by Sydney Thunder in the eliminator.
A similar void will still be there as Matthew Wade is away to play in the test series against India. However, the Hurricanes have buffed up their middle-order to counter that. They have the likes of Dawid Malan, Colin Ingram, and Keemo Paul coming into the squad and that should help the side with the much-needed experience. Also, they have Johan Botha available and his experience could play a key role with Lamichhane unavailable in the earlier part of the tournament.
On paper, the Hurricanes have a terrific side on paper, but they are not having their full squad available in the opening game. As shown by the stats, they are highly dependent on their openers, and with Wade not going to be there, Hurricanes have a huge void to fill. Malan not being available for the first few matches doesn't help their cause either. The first few matches are going to be difficult for them, but if they can get past that stage, the Hurricanes will be in it big time.
Peter Handscomb, Colin Ingram, Will Jacks, Mac Wright, Tim David, D'Arcy Short, James Faulkner, Johan Botha, Scott Boland, Riley Meredith, Nathan Ellis.
There was a reason Sydney Sixers ended up as winners in the last year. They had a terrific team and peaked just at the right moment. Last year, they got off to a solid start and that pretty much helped them to qualify for the playoffs despite wobbling at the end. They then defeated the Stars twice in two matches to claim the title. However, that is now history.
The absence of Steve Smith is going to have a major impact on their plans, but it's not that the Sixers do not have a replacement available. With the likes of Moises Henriques, Jason Holder, Josh Phillipe, James Vince, and Daniel Hughes available, Sydney's top-order is second to none. Besides, they have a strong contingent of all-rounders, who all are capable of hitting the ball hard and far when required.
On the bowling front, however, they lack a bit of depth. Mitchell Starc will not be available until the back-end of the tournament and the same stands true for Nathan Lyon and Sean Abbott. To add insult to injury, they do not have Tom Curran available as well. Curran played a key role in the Sixers' title win last year and is likely to be missed. Given that, their bowling attack will revolve around the likes of Gurinder Sandhu and Ben Dwarshius.
Contrary to the Hurricanes, the Sixers have a well-balanced batting order. However, the strength or lack thereof in their bowling department is something Thunder will be wary of. Given the absence of their key players, the Sixers are likely to start a little light on paper as compared to last year, but getting past them is certainly not be easy this time around as well.
Josh Philippe, James Vince, Daniel Hughes, Jordan Silk, Jack Edwards, DT Christian, Carlos Brathwaite, Steve O'Keefe, Gurinder Sandhu, Ben Dwarshuis, Benjamin Manenti.
Check out the Dream11 fantasy team lineup for the 1st Big Bash League 2020 match, which is to be played between Hobart Hurricanes and Sydney Sixers. Don't forget to check back the latest updated team lineup right after the toss.
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The opening match of any tournament carries massive importance largely because it sets the tone for the rest of the competition. Both sides are yet to have all their players available and will want to take advantage of the absence of key players from their opponents' squad. Comparing the two teams on paper, we think that the Sixers have a better-balanced team with the presence of strong all-rounders in their lower middle-order. Also, the absence of Matthew Wade has left a huge void, which is going to be difficult to fill. For those reasons, the Sixers are better placed to emerge on top in this opening Big Bash League encounter.
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