Hurricanes clinch another humdinger; register third consecutive win
By Krunal, MyCricketHighlights Cricket Writer
21st Match: Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Sixers at Bellerive Oval, Hobart, Jan 08 - 2018, Cricket highlights
It seems like Hobart Hurricanes have made a habit of winning close contests. Their first victory was by 9 runs, second by 7 and today, they clinched another thriller by 5 runs against the Sydney Sixers. It was also their third victory on the trot and it helped them to move a position up to the fifth spot.
Chasing a target of 171, the Sixers suffered a huge blow early on as they lost Jason Roy in the second over. Tymal Mills then picked up a wicket in his very first over as he got Nic Maddinson out with a pacy delivery. Daniel Hughes was playing well and the Sixers needed him to play an anchor’s role. However, after scoring a run-a-ball 33, he too was dismissed in the 10th over.
At this stage, the run-chase looked all but difficult for the Sixers. The Hobart bowlers were bowling really well and Cameron Boyce, in particular, bowled four very good overs wherein he conceded just one boundary. The first 11 overs yielded only 70 runs and the Sixers needed 101 to get off 54 balls.
This was the time when Jordan Silk and Sam Billings joined hands together and helped their team to get back into the contest. The two added 53 runs in the next five overs and gave their team a real chance of pulling off their first win this season. Still, their job was not done as they needed 48 to get off the last 4 overs.
The Hurricanes needed to break the partnership and that job was done by Mills, who got rid of Silk (45). Billings, however, was still there and he kept the Sixers’ hopes alive by smashing three successive fours off Jofra Archer in the 18th over. Now, the Sixers needed 28 off 12 and with Billings striking the ball neatly, the match was evenly poised.
Daniel Christian bowled the penultimate over and he tilted the match in Hurricanes’ favour by giving away just 6 runs, 2 of which were byes. This made the equation next to impossible for the Sixers. Fortunately for them, Billings was on strike in the last over but even he could score only 3 runs off the first two balls. He got the strike back on the fourth ball and had a humongous task in front of him.
If sixers were to win the match, Billings had to smash the last 3 balls out of the park – not an easy job when you have Mills bowling at over 140 kph and mixing them with his slower ones. But he went after his countrymate and did almost the unthinkable. The 4th and the 5th ball disappeared for maximums over deep mid-wicket and from nowhere, he brought life back into this dead contest. Billings needed to hit one more out of the park, but, alas, he failed to connect the ball and the Sixers fell just six runs short of what would have been a memorable win.