The tenth edition of the Men’s Big Bash League will commence on Thursday with a clash between the Hobart Hurricanes and the Sydney Sixers at the Bellerive Oval. Both teams finished in the top 4 last year, with the Sixers winning the title.
The Hobart Hurricanes will be keen to begin their BBL 2020-21 campaign on a winning note. It is pertinent to note that the Bellerive Oval did not host the fixture between Hobart and Sydney Sixers last year.
The Hurricanes hosted the defending champions at Alice Springs, where they emerged victorious by 25 runs. The reverse fixture between the two teams did not produce a result.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Cricket Australia has allotted four matches of the first week to Hobart. Also, a couple of games at the Bellerive Oval during the season’s second half will not feature the Hobart Hurricanes, who play their home games at the ground.
The Bellerive Oval has played host to many T20 games in the past. Here’s a look at the pitch report and the weather conditions for the BBL 2020-21 game in Hobart.
New recruit Pete Handscomb will captain the Hurricanes for the initial phase of BBL|10 whilst @MatthewWade13 is on Australian duties
— Hobart Hurricanes BBL (@HurricanesBBL) December 9, 2020
The pitch at the Bellerive Oval has been great for batting in the past. In 32 of the 39 T20 games played at this venue, teams batting first have scored more than 150 runs. Teams batting first and batting second have been equally successful in Hobart.
Talking about the pace vs spin comparison, the spinners have been much more successful at the Bellerive Oval. D’Arcy Short picked up a five-wicket haul at the ground while leg-break bowler Jonathan Cook scalped four wickets against the Sydney Thunder in Hobart last season.
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— Hobart Hurricanes BBL (@HurricanesBBL) December 8, 2020
There is rain predicted in Hobart on December 19th and 20th and January 2nd. Thus, the Hobart Hurricanes vs. Melbourne Renegades, Sydney Sixers vs. Adelaide Strikers, and Hobart Hurricanes vs. Melbourne Stars matches could be interrupted by the rain gods.
The skies will be clear on the remaining match days, with the temperature expected to stay at around 20 degrees Celsius.