The head-to-head record between these two teams is tilted toward Hobart Hurricanes. They've faced each other 16 times in the BBL, with Hurricanes winning 9 times while Sixers coming out on top in six matches. Hobart Hurricanes have a strong bowling attack as well as a batting unit. We predict Hobart Hurricanes to win this clash on Thursday.
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Sydney Sixers: Josh Philippe (wk), Kurtis Patterson, James Vince, Moises Henriques (c), Jordan Silk, Daniel Christian, Hayden Kerr, Sean Abbott, Jackson Bird, Naveen-ul-Haq, Izharulhaq Naveed
Hobart Hurricanes: Ben McDermott, D'Arcy Short, Matthew Wade (c & wk), Shadab Khan, Tim David, Asif Ali, James Neesham, Joel Paris, Nathan Ellis, Patrick Dooley, Riley Meredith
The two former champions Sydney Sixers and Hobart Hurricanes are set to collide in the 11th match of the Big Bash League 2022-23. The contest is set to take place at Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday, December 22nd.
Sydney Sixers, the three-time former champions, haven't had a great start to this BBL season with two back to back defeats. The Moises Henriques-led side was hammered by 51 runs in their opening game by Adelaide Strikers. The Sixers then went down by 38 runs versus Perth Scorchers.
Jackson Bird snared three wickets with the new ball as they reduced Perth Scorchers to 49 for 5 in seven overs. But they faced to close out the innings with Aaron Hardie scoring a rapid fifty. Much like their opponents, Sydney Sixers were also rattled by the new ball, losing five wickets for 31. Jordan Silk and Hayden Kerr scored 40s but it wasn't enough to threaten the target.
Hobart Hurricanes lost their opening game versus Melbourne Stars by 38 runs but bounced back to edge out Scorchers by 8 runs in the second. Batting first, Matthew Wade hammered 51 off 29 after an early blow while D'Arcy Short made 35 off 25. Hurricanes lost their way in the middle overs, losing five quick wickets before Tim David provided a much-needed finish.
David smashed a crucial 46* in 28 batting with the tail to propel his team to 172/8. Patrick Dooley was the star with the ball for them as he bamboozled the Scorchers line-up with 4 for 16 off four overs. Shadab Khan bowled a top notch penultimate over, conceding just three before Nathan Ellis closed out the game.
Sydney Sixers have Josh Philippe and Kurtis Patterson at the top of the order followed by James Vince. The top order hasn't fired yet, which is one of their biggest reasons for their struggles so far. The middle order of Moises Henriques, Jordan Silk and Daniel Christian has done the job for them in the past and the Sixers will need them to step up again. In the pace bowling attack, they have Hayden Kerr, Sean Abbott, Jackson Bird and Naveen-ul-Haq while Izharulhaq Naveed is the solitary spinner.
Hobart Hurricanes have an opening pair of Ben McDermott and D'Arcy Short followed by Matthew Wade. It's a strong top order and will get better once McDermott starts firing. The middle order of Shadab Khan, Tim David and James Neesham is pretty good. Asif Ali, who has struggled in Australia, needs to do better with the bat. Hurricanes have one of the top bowling attacks in the competition. Nathan Ellis, Riley Meredith and Joel Paris form a quality pace unit while Shadab Khan and Patrick Dooley can be relied upon in the spin department.
James Vince hasn't had a great start to the campaign but he's one of the most reliable batters in T20 cricket. The Englishman has 1436 runs in the BBL at an average of 29 while striking at 131, including seven fifties. Vince averages 38 and strikes at 139 at the SCG and will be a key here.
Patrick Dooley has an air of mystery around him and he made the most of it in the previous outing versus Perth Scorchers. The left arm wrist spinner took 4 for 16 in his four overs and changed the course of the game. Dooley will be a key player against Sydney Sixers' middle order.
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