The Hobart Hurricanes get the 2020/21 Big Bash League underway as they host the defending champions, the Sydney Sixers at the Blundstone Arena on Thursday. The Hurricanes have had the upper hand over the Sixers in recent seasons and could upset the odds on home soil.
Hobart Hurricanes Form
The Hobart Hurricanes snuck into the finals of Big Bash last season but fell at the first hurdle to the Sydney Thunder.
The Hurricanes put a late run together, thanks in the main to the return of Matthew Wade who returned to the side late in the tournament. It was his century in the final round robin match that took the Hurricanes into the eliminator.
Unfortunately Wade won’t be available until much later in the tournament but the Tasmanian side have enough quality to get results this season. Getting off to a winning start could prove key.
Hobart Hurricanes Team News
Matthew Wade is unlikely to feature until much later in the tournament which will be a massive blow to the Hurricanes. With all squads in their various bubbles it could make for plenty complications to determine who is and isn’t available.
The world No. 1 T20 batsman, Dawid Malan is an exciting addition to the Hobart Hurricanes outfit this season but will miss their first four matches. Colin Ingram is in the squad to cover that position.
Sydney Sixers Form
The Sydney Sixers won the Big Bash last season, beating the Melbourne Stars in the final. The Sixers finished second behind the Stars on the table.
With nine wins from their 14 matches the Sixers richly deserved their place in the final. Repeating the feat is always the tough part but they do have the squad to compete once again.
The Sixers had a stellar bowling line-up last season and relied heavily upon them. They will once again with Ben Dwarshuis, Sean Abbott and Jason Holder all very good bowlers. The problem is they won’t often all play together.
Sydney Sixers Team News
On paper the Sydney Sixers have plenty of quality but how often the players are available is a different story. Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc will only be available after the Test series against India.
West Indian captain, Jason Holder will also only be available later in the competition as they are currently touring New Zealand.
Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Sixers Head to Head
The Hobart Hurricanes have won three of their last four matches against the Sydney Sixers. The Hurricanes won by 25 runs in their one match last season – the second match was abandoned.
Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Sixers Odds
The Hobart Hurricanes are priced at $2.10 with the Sydney Sixers paying $1.72 for the win.
D’Arcy Short is available at $3.40 to be the Hurricanes top scorer. Josh Philippe is available at $4.33 for the Sixers in the same market with Ladbrokes
Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Sixers Match Up
Neither team are anywhere near full strength considering how many players are unavailable for the opening weeks. The key to this match will be how the teams' opening partnerships go with both sides strong in that area. It is in the middle-order where the Hurricanes may edge this with proven quality.
Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Sixers Stats
- Hobart Hurricanes has won 3 of their last 4 matches against the Sydney Sixers.
- Hobart Hurricanes’ D’Arcy Short averaged 44.62 in the 2019/20 Big Bash.
- Hobart Hurricanes’ D’Arcy Short scored 72 & 37 runs in his last 2 Big Bash innings’.
- Sydney Sixers Josh Philippe scored the 3rd most runs (487) in the 2019/20 Big Bash.