Hobart Hurricanes started the 2019-20 BBL with a convincing 25-run victory over the Sydney Sixers in the game hosted by the Alice Springs. On a slow track, D’Arcy Short scored 51 from only 40 deliveries opening the innings. No other batsman even got 20 runs as the Hurricanes settled with 129/9.
The Sydney Sixers made a good start to the chase scoring 47 runs in the mandatory powerplay. However, Qais Ahmad brought Hobart back into the game by picking up four wickets with his first 10 balls. From 48/1 in the 7th over, the Sixers crumbled to 61/8 by 10th over. Jordan Silk (22) and Ben Manenti (22) shared 41-run stand for the 9th wicket but could only take Sixers to 104.
All the statistical highlights from Hobart Hurricanes’ 25-run win against the Sydney Sixers:
A low total for Sixers:
104/10 – Sydney Sixers’ total of 104 in this game is the 2nd lowest total in the BBL for any team against the Hobart Hurricanes. Sydney Thunder were bundled out for only 94 in the 2013-14 season match. Overall, this is the 4th lowest total in the BBL for the Sixers.
A brilliant spell of bowling by Qais:
4/12 – Qais Ahmad finished his four overs with the figures of 4/12 which are the 2nd best for any player against Sydney Sixers in the BBL. Josh Lalor’s 5/26 in the previous edition of the BBL are the best figures against the Sixers.
4/12 – Qais’ bowling figures are also the 3rd best in the BBL for the Hobart Hurricanes and the best by a spinner for them. The previous best BBL figures by a spin bowler for the Hurricanes was 4/17 by Xavier Doherty against Adelaide Strikers in the 2010-11 season.
D’Arcy moves up the charts:
14 – Number of fifty-plus scores for D’Arcy Short in the Big Bash League; the joint 3rd most by any player. Chris Lynn has 17 scores of 50+ runs including a century while Aaron Finch recorded 16 fifty-plus scores which also involves a hundred. Short is currently tied on 3rd spot with Shaun Marsh who has 14 half-centuries in the league history.
3 – D’Arcy Short has three fifties in the BBL against Sydney Sixers across the five matches he has played against them. Glenn Maxwell (5 in 9 innings) and Michael Klinger (3 in 11 innings) are the other players with three or more fifties against the Sixers.
Economical spell by Meredith:
10 – Riley Meredith conceded only 10 runs in his four overs; the joint-fewest runs conceded by a Hobart Hurricanes bowler in his four overs of a BBL match. Ben Hilfenhaus had figures of 4-1-10-2 in the 2010-11 season match against Perth Scorchers.
Abbott goes past Hogg:
12 – Sean Abbott has picked up 12 wickets against the Hobart Hurricanes; the most by any bowler against them. He went past Brad Hogg’s tally of 11 wickets with the 3-wicket haul on Friday.
A rare LBW wicket for Abbott:
1 – James Faulkner’s wicket was Sean Abbott’s first-ever LBW wicket in the Big Bash League. He has taken 86 wickets in the BBL before getting Faulkner dismissed LBW. In fact, Abbott has only two wickets coming via LBW in the Twenty20 format out of the 97 he has scalped. His first ever T20 wicket via LBW was of Shahid Afridi in 2014 which was incidentally his maiden T20I wicket.
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