The 52nd BBL match between Sydney Sixers and Hobart Hurricanes had some interesting moments during the passage of play. Sixers won the toss and opted to invited Matthew Wade’s Hurricanes to bat first.
Hurricanes provided a blistering start to the game in the form of skipper Wade and D. Arcy Short. Wade’s team was under pressure as they had to win this game anyhow to keep their chances alive.
On the other hand, the second-placed Sixers were searching for a victory to go on top of the points table. Coming to the game, Matthew Wade and Short took the bowling attack to the cleaners as they were smashing sixes and fours at will.
The opening pair was making sure that runs are coming at a quick pace. They were scoring in excess of 10 runs an over. Sixers were trying their best to get a wicket in order to get back into the game.
Wade and Short went about their business as they added a century-plus stand. The duo went a little bit far and then added a vital 145-run partnership for the opening wicket before Wade departed for 86 off 44.
Hobart Hurricanes captain missed out on a well-deserved century. The way in which he took the onus on himself was cut above the rest of the batsmen. His innings included as many as 10 fours and 3 sixes.
Sean Abbott creates history in BBL
Sydney Sixers fast bowler Sean Abbott etched his name in the record books as he became the second bowler in BBL to take 100 wickets. The right-arm fast bowler reached the landmark after getting rid of Hobart Hurricanes captain Wade.
Abbott delivered a short-pitched delivery to Wade and the latter attempted to go for a shot. In the process, he ended up finding Ben Manenti in the fine leg region. Wade’s brilliant innings came to an end.
After taking the wicket, Sean Abbott pulled off a cheeky celebration. His celebration took even the commentators by surprise. The video of the same spread like wildfire on social media portals.
Watch the video below:
Matthew Wade – Player of the Match
Apart from Wade, D Arcy Short also went about his business and scored a crucial 72 off 52 balls including 7 fours and 3 sixes. Hobart Hurricanes posted 188/8 in their quota of 20 overs. Abbott, Dwarshuis, and Jake Ball took 2 wickets each.
In reply to Hurricanes’ colossal target, Sydney Sixers worked their socks off in the run-chase but they fell 7 runs short of the target. Jordan Silk top-scored for Sixers with 78 off 49 (8 fours, 2 sixes). Nathan Ellis took 3 wickets for Hurricanes while Boland and Sandeep took 2 wickets each.
With this victory, Hurricanes keep their hopes alive of a top 5 finish in the ongoing tournament. Hurricanes’ captain Matthew Wade was named the man of the match for his batting display. On the other end of the spectrum, Sydney Sixers lost two games in a row.