About the Match
The Sixers won their opening clash against Sydney Thunder by a massive 9 wickets with 12 balls to spare; the victory has surely boosted the morale of the team and they will be now be eager to carry forward the campaign with another win when they go up against Hurricanes on 23rd December at Sydney. Both teams have a good mix of experienced players, overseas experts and young talent, who will be eager to showcase their skills and help their team dominate on the field. It needs to be seen if Sixers can continue on their winning rhythm or Hurricanes find a way to stifle them on Friday.
The bowlers upped their ante against reigning champions Thunders in the opening game and combined well to restrict the opponents to 159 runs. They have a good right-left medium pace attack with players like Joe Mennie, Ben Dwarshius and Doug Bollinger, who claimed 2 wickets apiece in the last match. Fast-bowler Sean Abbott and spinners Johan Botha and Steve O’Keefe add depth to the attack and can try to outwit the Hurricanes.
Chasing 160, opener Daniel Hughes posted an unbeaten 54 while Moises Henriques led from the front to post a superb 76 off 41 and steer the team across the finish line with 2 overs to spare. They have a long batting line-up with players like Brad Haddin, Johan Botha, Bollinger and Sam Billings in the mix; the Sixers can definitely prove to be a tough nut to crack on Friday.
Overall, the players are motivated to repeat their match-winning performance and will leave no stone unturned to push their campaign forward.
The Hurricanes had a disappointing run last year, finishing 8th on the table but they will try to put up a better performance this time under the leadership of George Bailey, the seasoned top-order batsman. The batting line-up has experts like Kumar Sangakkara, who could prove to be a strong pillar, Tim Paine, Daniel Christian, Jonathan Wells, Simon Milenko and Hamish Kingston.
The bowling squad has speedsters Shaun Tait, Sam Rainbird, Jake Reed, Dom Michael and the English fast-bowler Stuart Broad, who is coming back after injury. Spinners like Cameron Boyce, Clive Rose, Beau Webster and D’Arcy Short bring variety to the attack and if conditions suit, they could stifle the Sixers.
They have plenty of all-rounders who could try to post a stiff challenge to the opponents; with a lot to prove this season, the Hurricanes could use Bailey’s T20 expertise to come out with flying colours.
The Sixers have got off to a winning start and will like to keep the ball in motion; Hurricanes have some big names in the team who have a lot riding on them and would be eager to deliver here. The contest could well go down to the wire but we feel that Hurricanes with their power-packed batting unit are better placed to win the match on Friday.