Matthew Wade and Darcy Short produced the biggest batting partnership of the BBL season to propel Hobart Hurricanes to 8-188 against Sydney Sixers.
The Hurricanes were sent in to bat at the MCG on Sunday night and took to the task immediately, with Wade and Short both blasting half-centuries in a 145-run opening stand in 87 balls.
Test batsman Wade (86 off 44) played the lead role in smacking 10 fours and three sixes, while Short (72 off 52) hit seven fours and three sixes.
“It’s just one of those days where we hit them hard into the gaps and they seemed to find them, and that happens sometimes in T20,” Wade told the Seven Network.
“We like batting together and I think he (Short) draws a bit of confidence from us batting together.
“I can get going a little bit earlier and Darc settles into his innings nicely, and I can take some pressure off him, I suppose.”
Sean Abbott (2-32) eventually removed both Wade and Short but most of the damage had already been done.
Jake Ball (2-44) and Ben Dwarshuis (2-39) picked up multiple wickets as six fell in the final three overs.
The Sixers’ fightback kept the score below 190 after it seemed destined set to soar beyond 200.
The strength of the opening partnership led Hurricanes batsman Peter Handscomb to initiate a conversation with coach Adam Griffith about substituting him out of the match.
Handscomb was replaced by Tim David under the X-factor rule, but the all-rounder made just seven from four balls, including one boundary.
The Hurricanes are desperate to win to remain in the finals hunt, while a Sixers victory would see them reclaim top spot from Perth Scorchers.