If anyone thought that Sydney Sixers would get complacent after winning two straight titles, they could not have thought more wrong. The two-time defending champions were ruthless in their tournament opener, as they hammered Melbourne Stars by a massive 152 runs.
The top three of Josh Philippe, James Vince, and captain Moises Henriques were outstanding and did the bulk of the scoring as the Sixers amassed 213-4.
Like that wasn’t enough, then their bowlers took over, skittling out the Stars for a mere 61 runs to send shockwaves through the Big Bash League. This is again the team to beat and stopping them from a three-peat could prove to be very difficult.
Unlike the Sixers, the Hurricanes have not already played their first game of the tournament. Their quest to win the first title starts tomorrow against the most difficult opponents in the league.
The Hurricanes are coming off of a lackluster last season that saw them miss out on the playoffs. To break the shackles of mediocrity, they have brought back Tom Rogers from none other than the Sixers, while also signing England’s Harry Brook as well as Josh Kann.
The one glimmer of hope for the Hurricanes is that they have beaten the high-flying Sixers three times in their last four meetings, with the one they did not win ending in a no-result.