After starting their campaign with two straight defeats, Hobart Hurricanes bounced back in their third game and with style to spare.
The Hurricanes took down two-time defending champions Sydney Sixers in a high-scoring but rain-shortened match.
The architects of their win were openers Matthew Wade and D’Arcy Short, who made 93 and 73* respectively. Caleb Jewell also contributed 42. Just those three were enough to amass 213, and even though the Sixers gave it a fair shot, the revised target of 196 from 18 was just way too steep.
And with that, the Hurricanes avenged their defeat to the same side a few nights earlier.
The Hurricanes’ two best batters bat up top for them. When they get going, as they did here, they are going to play maximum overs and amass big totals. On the flip side, the same principle makes them a bit top-heavy. Which theory holds true, or truer, we’ll find out as the tournament progresses.
After the Sixers’ loss, Perth Scorchers are now the only undefeated team left in the competition, having won both of their opening matches.
They beat Brisbane Heat in the opener before besting Adelaide Strikers in the next game and are now level on points (7) with league-leading Sixers. A win over Hobart in this fixture, however, will send them clear at the top.
In their last game, there was one man who stood out: Colin Munro. The hard-hitting South Africa-born batter smashed an unbeaten 114 to power his side to 195 before three wickets apiece by Andrew Tye and Jason Behrendorff skittled Adelaide at 146.
They’re unbeaten, their batters are scorings runs at will and their bowlers are finding wickets regularly. Based on what we’ve seen so far, the Scorchers are the team to beat.