Hurricanes blow chance after strong start

SYDNEY Sixers have held their nerve and Hobart Hurricanes have lost their cool again in a crucial Big Bash League Twenty20 cricket clash at the SCG last night.

The Sixers beat the Hurricanes by seven runs, despite Hobart being well placed at 0-98 after 10 overs.

The Hurricanes lost 4-4 in the last two overs as the match slipped away.

Sixers captain Steve Smith (52 off 32 balls) inspired his side with a typically well paced innings and a crucial catch to dismiss Travis Birt (33 off 21), who threatened to win the match for the visitors at the end.

The win lifted Sydney level on points with second- placed Perth and left fourth- placed Hobart in a vulnerable position.

Wicketkeeper-captain Tim Paine (57 off 30) and Ben Dunk (39 off 35) got the Hurricanes off to a breakneck start, racing to 50 off 26 balls.

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