About the Match
After a disappointing loss against Perth Scorchers in the one-over eliminator, Sydney Sixers now host the Hurricanes on Jan 15 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. While the hosts are placed at 3rd position on the table with 6 points, the Hurricanes come at a close 4th place with 5 points but a better NRR of +0.279 when compared to Sixers’ NRR of -0.522. It’s a crucial match for both teams as they both are competing hard to make it to the top four; this contest will determine which of them can inch closer to realizing this goal.
The Hurricanes gave a good thrashing to Sydney Thunder to hand them their 19th consecutive loss and won the match by a massive 73 runs on Saturday. With Dunk’s brilliant 96 off 54 deliveries that saw him smash away eight fours and five sixes, the team posted 167 runs for the opposition and the bowlers defended it easily against a weak Thunder brigade. While Laughlin and Boyce took 3 wickets each, Shoaib Malik and Hilfenhaus got 3 wickets between them to demolish the top order of Sydney Thunder; the bowlers got them all out by the 17th over for 94 runs, giving them an emphatic victory and psychological advantage for the remaining matches. The players are confident to continue on their winning roll and by moving up to the fourth position, this team has received a major boost to their campaign of making it to the top four teams.
It was disappointing for the players when they lost the previous match against the Scorchers in the one-over eliminator when the match ended in a tie; set with a target of 153 runs, the batsmen fell short of 1 run to win the match and they had to face the eliminator, which they lost at the hands of Arafat. Put in to field first, Brett Lee got his T20 career-best figures of 4-28 and had succeeded to demolish the Scorchers’ top order by taking 2 quick wickets in the very first over; he came back to take 2 more wickets later but the lack of support from the other bowlers went against them. They gave away too many runs and were unable to break the partnership of Whiteman and Katich; though Hazlewood finally dismissed the latter, the damage had been done and the batsmen were set with an uphill task. While top order failed, Steven Smith’s 65 runs off 48 balls provided some hope but the innings couldn’t be steadied and they lost in the eliminator round. The Sixers will try to do better here especially in front of the home crowd and will surely come out all guns blazing.
While the Sixers presently are placed one position higher than the Hurricanes, they will be cautious not to let their guard down in this contest. The visitors will face stiff competition and though they have good resources on their side, Sydney Sixers have the home advantage and are looking better placed to win this round.
Sydney Sixers, 1.80 @ Bet365