Date & Time: Friday, December 20, 09:15 IST
Venue: Traeger Park, Alice Springs, Australia
Sixers clash off against Hobart in Traeger Park’s debut match of BBL
Traeger Park in Alice Springs gears up of its first every BBL game as Hobart Hurricanes start their campaign against the Sydney Sixers in the season. Ths Sixers are up and running in the season with a dominating performance against the Scorchers. On the other hand, the Hurricanes who start their season on Friday, have had a good season in the last two editions. They made it to the finals in the 2018 edition and topped the table in the 2019 one.
D’Arcy Short is the top-rated player of the match with a PPM of 60 in the format. Daniel Hughes and James Vince are the next in the pecking order for batsmen with a PPM of 41 and 40 respectively. Moises Henquires, Josh Phillips and Ben McDermott are also the worthy picks in the match with a PPM of over 35 in the format.
In the bowling, Sixers’ Sean Abbott and Tom Curran lead the charts with a PPM of over 45 in 47 in the format. James Faulkner, the bowling all-rounder is next in the list with a PPM of 40. Steve O’Keefe and Ben Dwashuis are also worthy picks in the bowling category with a PPM of over 35 in the format.
The Sixers are likely to stick with the winning combination.
Sydney Sixers possible XI
Josh Philippe(w), Daniel Hughes, James Vince, Moises Henriques(c), Jordan Silk, Hayden Kerr, Tom Curran, Sean Abbott, Ben Dwarshuis, Ben Manenti, Steve O’Keefe.
Hobart Hurricanes possible XI
George Bailey, Caleb Jewell/Macalister Wright, D’Arcy Short, David Miller, Ben McDermott(w/c), Clive Rose, Qais Ahmad, Nathan Ellis,, James Faulkner, Riley Meredith, Simon Milenko.
It is unclear what to expect of the surface at Traeger Park as not much cricket has been played at the venue. But as it is just the start of the season, the surface might aid batsmen more.
He is in phenomenal form in the last two editions of the league with leading the run charts in the period. Adding to it, he has also grown as a bowler in recent times which is a bonus in his armour. He has a PPM of 60 and MDTA of 1.36 in the format which makes him the most sought after player in today’s match.
He is the leading wicket taker for the side in the previous edition of the league. He also made his debut in the national side recently for continuing the same form in the One Day Cup. The recent events might boost his confidence more. So expect an extraordinary innings from him in today’s match.
The Sixers’ overseas pro was the top wicket-taker for the side in their first match of the season a couple of days ago. His ability to bowl in the crucial phases of the innings makes him a vital cog in the side’s bowling unit. He can also be a handy lower-order batsman who can whack the ball in the death overs.
He has continued his recent good form in the first match of the season by providing the team with a brisk start. He was the side’s top run-getter in the previous edition. His PPM of 41and MDTA of 1.6 in the format makes him a decent pick in today’s match.
He is one of the handy contributors for the side who is known for his variations which is so crucial in theT20 format. He is also a decent middle-order batsman who has a knack for finishing games when needed. He has a PPM of 40 and an MDTA of 1.7 in the format.