Tim David, starred for Hobart Hurricanes in a 16-run victory over Sydney Sixers. Each year, the T20 cricket is getting bigger and better. With so many T20 leagues around the world throughout the whole year the bar is raised each year. Sending into bat, Hurricanes scored a fighting total of 178 runs on the back of Tim David’s 58 runs which eventually proved too much for the Sydney Sixers.
In the 1st match of BBL 10, Hobart Hurricanes and Sydney Sixers teams were up in front. Sixers, the defending champions, started their campaign not in the fashion that they would’ve wanted. After setting the target of 179 runs, the chase was going on nicely before a late collapse cost them the match. James Vince 67 runs were in vain as Sixers lost the game by 16 runs.
Hobart Hurricanes innings – Ingram, David save the for Hurricanes
Sending in to bat first, Hobart Hurricanes started the newest edition of BBL in the worst manner. Openers Will Jack and Darcy Short opened the innings for Hurricanes. It was a brief stay for Jack in fact it was a two-ball stay. He got out on the second ball by Benjamin Menanti.
The next over, first ball, wicket. Darcy Short fell to Ben Dwarshuis on the first ball of the second over and suddenly the score was 2-4.
Colin Ingram and captain, Peter Handscomb stabled the innings. They together put a fifty-run stand with some lusty boundaries and one six by each player. Handscomb fell in the 9th over for 24 runs but Ingram continued till the 16th over.
He departed for 55 runs to Dan Christian in the 16th over. The innings was stumbled again after the wicket of Ingram and was set for a below-par score but a magic from unexpected Tim David rescued the innings. Coming in after the wicket of Macalister Wright in the 12th over, David batted till the 20th over and took the score to a fighting 178.
Tim David scored a fighting 58 runs off 33 balls that included eight 4s and one 6.
Ben Dwarshuis and Dan Christian were the most successful bowler for Sydney Sixers. Both the bowlers picked up three wickets each. Manenti and Steeve O’Keefe picked up one wicket each.
Sydney Sixers innings – Vince 67 in vain as bowlers wrapped up victory
Itwas not a great start for Sydney Sixers either. Josh Philippe and Jack Edwards came out as Sixers’ openers. Like Hurricanes, Sixers also lost their wicket in the first over. Philippe was out LBW by James Faulkner.
But the innings was then back on track as Edwards bring up 100-run partnership with James Vince. Coming in on the 5th ball of the innings, Vince went on to score 67 runs that had eight 4s and two 6s.
The chase was going on very well with both the batsmen set to take the team to victory but then James Faulkner, once again produced the break-through. Vince was trapped LBW in the 14th over. Four balls later after the addition of two runs, Edwards was on his way back to pavilion too. Riley Meredith bowled Edwards for 47 runs.
Suddenly from 118-1 to 120-3 in the space of four balls.
Still needing 59 runs to win from 34 balls. Sixers want their batsmen to take the innings towards the total but that didn’t happen.
Runs dried up and then quick wickets further pegged the Sixers’ chase. Jordan Silk was the fifth man to depart at a score of 145 on the first delivery of the 19th over. Still 34 runs needed of 11 balls which was too much for the Sixers.
Hobart Hurricanes won the inaugural match of BBL 2020-21 by 16 runs.
James Faulkner and Riley Meredith both picked up two wickets at the crucial stages of the match.
Tim David was given the man of the match award for his 58 runs off 33 balls.
Man of the Match: Tim David
Result: Hobart Hurricanes win by 16 runs
Points: Hobart Hurricanes 3, Sydney Sixers 1