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The Hobart Hurricanes have exacted revenge against reigning champions Sydney Strikers by 44 runs, in an effort spearheaded by an incredible knock from Matthew Wade.

Having lost the corresponding BBL clash earlier this week, the Hurricanes refused to cede momentum, with Wade powering to a half-century off just 19 deliveries – the fourth-fastest half-century in BBL history.

It marks the Sixers’ first loss of the season, while the Hurricanes have now squared the win-loss ledger at 1-1 – recap tonight’s encounter in our blog below!

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The Hurricanes won the toss and elected to bat first, with the side looking to seal its first win of the season after falling to the Sixers in the season opener.

Jordan Thompson will return to the squad after completing his isolation period after being a contact of a Covid-19 case.

He’ll take Jordan Cox’s spot in the side, while Scott Boland, Harry Brook (both international duties), Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith and Mitch Owen (injured) remain unavailable.

The return of Sean Abbott for the Sixers is also tipped to be a big factor in the match.

Abbott is back after missing a game to be with his partner for the birth of their first child.

“He’s a huge in for the Sixers, I can’t see anyone bowling any better than him in the world right now,” Aussie cricket star Alyssa Healy told Fox Cricket.

“He’s going to love these conditions, he loves playing here at the SCG and he’s a massive in for the Sixers.”

Abbott will also be chasing some BBL history – he’s two wickets away from levelling Ben Laughlin for the most wickets taken in the BBL.

Matthew Wade made a phenomenal start to the match for the Hurricanes, hitting 29 off his first 12 balls, including four straight boundaries in the second over, eventually taking Tom Curran for 20 from the over.

Such was Wade’s dominance at the crease that he and batting partner D’Arcy Short brought up a partnership of 50 runs despite Short facing just three balls.

Not long after, Wade cemented a half-century off his 19th delivery – the fastest ever recorded by a Hurricanes player, coming off seven fours and two sixes.

It marked the fourth-fastest half-century in BBL history.

Making matters worse for the Sixers was the side’s decision to go in with just one spinner, with Wade delighting against other Hurricanes bowlers.

“You’ve just got to giggle, sometimes you just can’t do anything once a batter has gotten going they’re just really hard to remove and everything you bowl just seems to disappear to the boundary,” Healy said as Wade continued to pile on the runs.

In a bid to stem the bleeding, the Sixers bowling brigade took some pace off the ball, which succeeded in slowing Wade down.

He fired up shortly after though, launching a couple more sixes as he raced towards the ton.

“The ground is just not big enough for Matthew Wade tonight, especially off his hip. He is just unbeatable there tonight,” Healy said.

Not long after, Wade was finally dismissed after a Tom Curran delivery was caught by Jordan Silk, bringing his innings to a close after 93 runs from 46 balls.

“I know we’ve seen some unbelievable innings in this form of the game from the calibre of Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers, but no one could’ve played as well as Matthew Wade did there tonight,” Brad Haddin said of Wade’s knock.

Once Wade had departed, Short started to lift his game, getting to a half-century at the start of the 18th over.

He put together a solid partnership with Caleb Jewell to push the Hurricanes over the 200-run mark, setting a challenging total of 213 for the Sixers to chase.

The Sixers began putting together some solid form at the crease, but were not able to replicate the brilliant run rate cemented by Wade for the Hurricanes.

Making matters more difficult for the Sixers was a brief rain delay, which brought DLS into the equation and reduced the innings to 18 overs.

James Vince was sent walking after a solid opening partnership with Josh Phillipe, paving the way for gun run scorer Henriques to enter the match.

The Hurricanes missed a couple of golden opportunities with Sandeep Lamichhane bowling in the 10th over, as both Phillippe and Henriques were let slip by the field within the space of three balls.

Another couple of missed wickets threatened to let the Sixers build momentum, but Philippe was sent walking via a great catch by Jordan Thompson to give the Hurricanes a long-awaited breakthrough and rob the Sixers of their gun run scorer.

Flashes of brilliance from Henriques and Dan Christian helped keep the Sixers somewhat in the match, but the total kickstarted by Wade proved too great to overcome.

Recap the match in our blog below! Can’t see the blog? Tap here



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