Sixers are the big favourites for the season opener
The 10th edition of the Big Bash League begins with the high-profile clash between Sydney Sixers and Hobart Hurricanes. The Sixers come off the back of a season title in 2019 and have two Big Bash League titles to their name now with the inaugural win coming in the very first season of the tournament back in 2011-12. Sixers have a strong bowling core and have odds of 1.66 to win the first game.
The Hurricanes have never had a title win, but have reached the finals twice since the beginning of the tournament. They have assembled a strong squad for the season this time around and have the ingredients in place for a good performance in the season. However, against a strong Sixers side, their odds of winning are placed at 2.00
Hurricanes have won 4 of the last 5 matches against Sixers
Overall records suggest Hurricanes have the edge over the Sixers with six wins as against five. In fact, recent records too favour the Hobart Hurricanes. They have won four of the last five matches between these sides. This includes a 2-1 lead in the 2019 season where Sixers actually went on to win the title.
RECOMMENDED BET: Sixers have a better bowling attack and have better odds of 1.66 to beat Hurricanes.
While the Hurricanes have had overall success and recent success, the teams have undergone drastic changes for this season. While the Hurricanes have a strong squad, Sixers’ superior bowling strength gives them the edge for the opening clash.
Keep an eye on…
Mitchell Starc: The Australia pacer joins the Sixers for a stint in the Big Bash League after several years. The left-arm pacer is a terrific addition to an already impressive pace attack at the Sixers and will be a key factor in how the side shapes up for this season. Starc’s presence will be a huge threat for opposition sides in the powerplay and death overs.
Colin Ingram: The South African player has had a great run in the recent T20 franchise leagues. Colin Ingram is a key player in the Hurricanes setup. The left-hander is an anchor batsman but can be an aggressor later in the innings and will be a massive boost to the Hurricanes setup for the season.
TIP: Catches are the most common form of dismissals in T20s and in the big Aussie grounds, it multiplies. The odds of the first wicket being a catch stands at 1.32