Big Bash League Today Match Prediction (BBL 2019): Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Sixers
Traeger Park, Alice Springs
Hobart Hurricanes will face Sydney Sixers at Traeger Park, Alice Springs in the 4th match of Big Bash 2019-20 on Friday.
Sydney Sixers are back in action following their 8 wickets win over Perth Scorchers on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Hurricanes will open their BBL 2019-20 campaign on neutral turf and if the odds are anything to go by, the Hurricanes should be tough to beat.
Hobart Hurricanes performance in Big Bash League:
D’Arcy Short is back for another year in purple as last year’s leading run scorer looks to defend his title. Short has averaged 46 so far in his four-year BBL career, making him the favourite to lead Hobart’s charge once again.
Aside from Short, the Hurricanes will also turn to former captain George Bailey, who has quietly averaged 52 in seven matches against the Sixers. Throw in the fact the Canes have won three of their last five against Sydney Sixers.
South African star David Miller joins the team and that is a big boost to their middle order and in the field.
They will rely heavily on paceman Riley Meredith and clutch death bowler James Faulkner with the ball while Qais Ahmed will be a key figure as their frontline spinner after Johan Botha retired.
Sydney Sixers performance in Big Bash League:
The Sixers are largely an unknown this season as several of Sydney’s top names have been lost to Test duty. The bowling attack of Tom Curran, Sean Abbott and Stephen O’Keefe has already proven troublesome.
Sydney Sixers wicketkeeper-batsman Josh Phillippe started his BBL 2019-20 campaign with a bang against his former side Perth Scorchers, hammering 81 off 44 balls in an innings full of highlights.
The Sixers have always had a strong bowling attack and their pacemen and spinners wasted no time finding their marks in their season opener. Tom Curran conceded eight runs an over but collected 3-32, while Ben Dwarshuis (2-15) and Ben Manenti (2-29) also impressed.
Sean Abbott (1-28) and Steve O’Keefe (1-29) have been key to the club’s success in recent years but the experienced pair were not relied upon to make major contributions as the five applied relentless pressure as wickets tumbled with regularity.
Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Sixers Predicted line-up:
D’Arcy Short, Ben McDermott (wk), George Bailey, Caleb Jewell, David Miller, Simon Milenko, James Faulkner, Riley Meredith, Scott Boland, Clive Rose, Qais Ahmed.
Daniel Hughes, Josh Philippe (wk), James Vince, Moises Henriques (c), Jordan Silk, Hayden Kerr, Tom Curran, Sean Abbott, Ben Dwarshuis, Ben Manenti, Steve OKeefe
Pitch Report for today's BBL:
It will be the only match played at the venue in BBL 2019-20. Only one BBL match has been played at the venue before it – Perth Scorchers vs Adelaide Strikers in 2017-18 BBL season.
The Scorchers won the match while chasing the total of mere 113 in 18.4 with 6 wickets remaining.
Of the 2 matches played in the 2019-20 Big Bash League season, 1 team won batting first while Sydney Sixers won another one chasing the total.
Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Sixers: Today's Match Prediction
- Josh Phillippe scored 81 not out from 44 balls. He hit 14 boundaries including three maximums.
- Ben Dwarshuis was the most economical bowler for the Sixers. He gave just 15 runs and picked up 2 wickets in his 4 overs.
- Ben Manenti picked 2 wickets while giving 21 runs in three overs in his Big Bash debut.
- D’Arcy Short scored 637 runs in 15 games and was 2018-19 Big Bash League top run scorer.
- Captain George Bailey has an average of 52 runs in seven matches against the Sydney Sixers.
- Canes have won three of their last five against Sydney Sixers.