Sydney Sixers spinner Ben Manenti has marked the Big Bash League’s return with a wicket on just the second ball of the innings against the Hobart Hurricanes.
The 23-year-old was handed the new ball in Thursday night’s opener and instantly delivered.
With a little assist from Channel 7 commentator Damien Fleming – as you can watch in the video above.
“Ben Manenti lost nine kilos in the off-season, it’s the fittest he’s ever been,” the former Australian international said.
“Let’s see if it results in wickets.”
Result in wickets it did as Manenti dismissed Hobart’s English debutant Will Jacks caught and bowled for a duck.
“I don’t think he needed to lose weight to catch that one, didn’t have to move!” Fleming assessed.
“But what I liked was he cramped Jacks, he felt uncomfortable.”
Australian great Ricky Ponting said Manenti had executed skipper Daniel Hughes’ plan to perfection.
“That’s a magnificent start, no surprise they open with the spin and they’ve got reward for it,” Ponting said.
“Took the pace off on that occasion, Manenti. Dropped the pace from 93 kilometres (per hour) to just on 88.
“Looked like it held in the wicket a fraction, caught the inside of the bat, simple return catch. Dream start for Sydney.”
It got even better for the Sixers in the next over when Ben Dwarshuis dismissed international opener D’Arcy Short for a golden duck.
Short was recently called into action for Australia’s T20 side against India but on his return to domestic cricket he was undone on his very first ball.
The Sydney Sixers are the defending Big Bash champions but their XI for the opening match of the new season featured just six players from last summer’s final.