BBL 2018-19 Sydney Sixers vs Hobart Hurricanes 40th Match Prediction. League leaders Hobart Hurricanes travel to the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) to face Sydney Sixers – one of the teams leading the challenge for a top-four spot alongside the Hurricanes. The match is scheduled for January 23. The live action begins at 19:15 local time.
- After crushing Adelaide Strikers by ten wickets last time out, Hobart Hurricanes have now won eight of the nine games they have played and are clear at the top of the points table.
- Sydney Sixers went second after their most recent game – a win against Brisbane Heat – but they have played one more game than most other teams.
- Much of the Hurricanes’ success has been thanks to their opening batsmen. Their unbeaten opening partnership last time saw D’Arcy Short move to 441 runs after five half-centuries in nine innings, while Wade has 323. They finished the game first and second in the run-scoring charts for this season’s Big Bash.
Our Pick: Hobart Hurricanes
ABOUT THE MATCH
Hobart Hurricanes continued to maintain their supremacy in the ongoing Big Bash League with a record-breaking 10-wicket win over Adelaide Strikers. They now have 16 points with a superb net run rate of 0.833 and their qualification for the semifinals appears to be certain, unless they play really bad from here onwards. The next best team on the points table, Sydney Sixers, are six points away from them and will be looking to bridge the gap when the two teams meet on 23rd January at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney. Although the Sixers are placed at the second position in the points table, they haven’t even been close to having the kind of dominance Hurricanes have had in the competition. However, a win over Hurricanes will at least prove their prowess and that is what they’ll be aiming for in the upcoming fixture.
SYS vs HBH, BBL 2018-19: Where to watch/Live streaming
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Bat Flip Prediction
Hobart Hurricanes have enjoyed success fielding first and, if they win the toss, will probably ask Sydney Sixers to set a target.
Sydney Sixers Team News & Playing 11
SYS Team News
Nathan Lyon’s unavailability continues but Sydney Sixers have been largely unaffected by Australian international call-ups otherwise. Joe Denly has linked up with the England squad, with James Vince replacing him. The Sixers tweaked the batting line-up last time out, with Josh Philippe replacing Jake Edwards at the top of the order and the latter dropping seven. The only change to the starting line-up was Lloyd Pope’s return in place of Ben Manenti, however, and the winning side could be unchanged to face Hobart on the same ground.
SYS Key Players
Tom Curran has contributed with bat and ball for the Sixers this season, justifying his selection as one of their overseas players. The Englishman took 3-16 against Brisbane Heat last time out and now has 14 wickets from his ten games. He also scored 44 from 30 balls against Melbourne Renegades and has a top score of 62 from the game against Sydney Thunder.
Steve O’Keefe is still their leading wicket taker, however – and joint-top overall – with 16 to his name. He took 1-17, including bowling a maiden, in the win against Brisbane Heat. Sean Abbott took 3-18 and now has 15 for the tournament.
With the bat, Jordan Silk’s 41 from 26 balls moved him back ahead of Daniel Hughes as the Sydney Sixers’ leading run scorer this season. Silk now has 260 runs from ten innings, while Hughes has 237.
Captain Moises Henriques’ middle-order runs have contributed 195 so far, while James Vince proved what he is capable of when he top-scored with 75 from 46 balls in the win against Brisbane Heat last time out.
SYS Team Form
Sydney Sixers bounced back from consecutive defeats by comfortably beating Brisbane Heat last time out. The Sixers had previously failed to defend 177/5 against Perth Scorchers, in a seven-wicket loss, and then posted just 115/9 against the Melbourne Renegades despite Tom Curran’s late 44 from 30 balls. Again, they lost by seven wickets – this time with seven overs to spare.
Their most recent match saw a big improvement with the bat, however, led by James Vince’s 75 from 46 balls in a total of 177/7. In reply, Tom Curran claimed 3-16 and Sean Abbott 3-18 as the Heat limped to 98 all out.
Sydney Sixers Predicted Playing 11
- Daniel Hughes, Jack Edwards, Moises Henriques, James Vince, Jordan Silk, Josh Philippe, Tom Curran, Sean Abbott, Steve O’Keefe, Ben Dwarshuis, Lloyd Pope
Hobart Hurricanes Team News & Playing 11
HBH Team News
Jake Doran is back from his inclusion in the Cricket Australia XI that faced Sri Lanka and could replace Caleb Jewell. David Moody made way for Clive Rose’s return last time out, meanwhile, despite having taken two wickets on his T20 debut. Moody’s economy rate was presumably a factor in that decision.
HBH Key Players
D’Arcy Short is showing no sign of slowing – the leading run scorer in this year’s Big Bash League
He and opening partner Matthew Wade shared 158 in that ten-wicket win, with Wade actually claiming the highest score and man of the match with 84 from 49 balls. He is now second to Short in the run-scoring charts with three half-centuries and 323 runs in total. Both a strike rate around the 140 mark too.
Their batting excellence meant George Bailey was not called upon last time, but he had been the star against Perth Scorchers – 69 from 39 balls, his second half-century so far, taking him to 242 runs in seven innings.By taking 2-24 from his four overs last time out, James Faulkner moved to 15 wickets so far in this season’s Big Bash League. He has also contributed with bat – including two sixes and a four in the final over of their successful chase against Perth Scorchers.
Backing him up with the ball are Jofra Archer – the paceman getting back on track with 2-23 against the Strikers – and Riley Meredith, who has 14 wickets in total after his 1-39 in that game. He took 2-19 against Perth Scorchers and a match-winning 4-21 against Melbourne Stars too.
HBH Team Form
Melbourne Renegades remain the only team to have beaten Hobart Hurricanes in this season’s Big Bash League, and the league leaders have won three from three since that six-wicket defeat. George Bailey scored an unbeaten 70 in that loss, in a total of 145/5, but the Renegades got home in the final over.
Melbourne Stars were blown away next game, however – D’Arcy Short scored an unbeaten 96 from 57 balls and Matthew Wade added 41 in a total of 185/2, and Riley Meredith’s 4-21 saw the Stars bowled out for 126.
The match against Perth Scorchers was much closer, after the Hurricanes found themselves 96/5 after 12.1 overs chasing 178 to win. George Bailey hammered 69 from 39 balls, however, and James Faulkner – who conceded 22 in the final over of the Scorchers’ innings – hit two sixes and a four in the Hurricanes’ final over in a four-wicket win.
Hobart Hurricanes Predicted Playing 11
- Matthew Wade, D’Arcy Short, Jake Doran, Ben McDermott, George Bailey, Simon Milenko, James Faulkner, Johan Botha, Clive Rose, Jofra Archer, Riley Meredith
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
SYS : W L L W L
HBH : W W W L W
SYS vs HBH Head to Head
Hobart Hurricanes claimed a five-wicket win at the start of the month and have now won three in a row against Sydney Sixers and five of their nine previous meetings in total.
Daniel Hughes top-scored with 61 from 40 balls in the reverse fixture this season, in Hobart, as Sydney Sixers posted 161/8; James Faulkner and Johan Botha both collected three wickets. D’Arcy Short top-scored in the reply, with 64 from 42 balls, and the Hurricanes got home with one ball and five wickets to spare.
Sydney Sixers vs Hobart Hurricanes Betting Odds
There is no surprise Hobart Hurricanes, in their current superb form, are favourites to win this game. They are a best price of 1.66 to win with Bet365 and 1.62 with Betfair and Betway. Sydney Sixers are 2.30 to win with Bet365.
The Hurricanes’ opening partnership of D’Arcy Short and Matthew Wade have been central to their success, and that is why they are 1.62 with Betfair to post the highest opening partnership. Their partnership was unbeaten on 158 in the ten-wicket win against Adelaide last time out.
Individually, Short is 2.75 with Betfair to be their highest run scorer and Wade – who actually top-scored in that partnership – is 4.00 with Bet365 and Betfair.
For the Sixers, Daniel Hughes was their top run scorer in the reverse fixture and is 3.75 with Betfair to do so again. James Vince found form last time out and he is 5.50 with Betfair.
Sydney Sixers vs Hobart Hurricanes Prediction
Hobart Hurricanes’ superb form continued against Adelaide Strikers and with their opening batsmen in such good form it is hard to look beyond them again.