BBL 2013/14 Match 24: Smith’s half-century helps Sixers prevail in close contest

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Smith’s half-century proved to be the game-changer

Sydney Sixers captain Steven Smith smashed a magnificent half-century to help his side prevail by seven runs in a close contest with the Hobart Hurricanes at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Hurricanes skipper Tim Paine deserves some credit as well as he also hammered a wonderful half-century

Smith won the toss and elected to bat first.

However, his decision to do so did not bode so well as opening batsman Nic Maddinson was caught by Ben Hilfenhaus at point off the bowling of Shoaib Malik for 17.

England batsman Michael Lumb managed to make 23 runs before he was caught by Ben Dunk in the cover region off the bowling of Hilfenhaus.

Moises Henriques scored a quickfire 31 before he was caught by Cameron Boyce at short midwicket to become Hilfenhaus’ second victim of the match.

Marcus North failed to have an impact with the bat as he was caught by Owais Shah at first slip off the bowling of Boyce for six.

From that point on it was all Sixers as Smith and Jordan Silk amassed a brilliant 77-run partnership, during which Smith brought up his half-century, before Silk was caught by Shah off the bowling of Ben Laughlin for 32.

Smith ended up making 52 off 32 balls, which included three boundaries and two sixes, as the Sixers went on to post 179 off their 20 overs.

Hilfenhaus was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Malik, Laughlin, Boyce and Doug Bollinger all chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 180 to win, the Hurricanes got off to an outstanding start as Paine and Dunk put together a 98-run partnership, during which Paine registered his half-century, before he was stumped by Daniel Smith off the bowling of Nathan Lyon.

Paine’s knock of 57 came off 30 balls and included six boundaries and two sixes.

Lyon struck again in his next over as Dunk was also stumped, but only for 39 runs.

Following Dunk’s dismissal, Jonathan Wells and Shah were removed in quick succession.

Travis Birt smashed a quickfire 33 before he was caught by Smith off the bowling of Josh Hazlewood.

Following Birt’s departure, the Hurricanes’ middle and lower order completely collapsed as they went from 164/5 to 168/8.

The quick wickets proved to be fatal for the Hurricanes as they ended up falling just seven runs short of their target.

Hazlewood and Lyon were the most successful bowlers with two wickets apiece, while North, Brett Lee and Steve O’Keefe snapped up one wicket each.

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