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Tim Paine: Hobart Hurricanes lacking early spark

Hobart Hurricanes captain Tim Paine said his side needed more spark early in their batting order, after a big Champions League Twenty20 win.

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The Big Bash League outfit were far too good for the Northern Districts, running out 86-run victors in their clash in Raipur on Tuesday to send them top of Group B with two wins from three.

Opener Paine (43 off 34) and partner Ben Dunk (12 off 17) did not strike it hot for the Tasmanian side, before Aiden Blizzard (62 off 43) and Shoaib Malik (45 off 22) catapulted them to 178-3.

In reply, the New Zealand-based Districts were all out for 92.

Wicketkeeper Paine said he was putting the acid on himself and Dunk to get the Hurricanes quick runs early.

"I would think our batting doesn't change too much, we want to be more explosive than what we've been at the start," Paine said.

"But having said that, the wickets have been hard to time it with the new ball that we've played on.

"I'm sure we'll get it right at some stage, and when we do, it'll free up those middle-order players to do even more damage."

The Hurricanes' next match sees them take on the Barbados Tridents in Mohali on Sunday, with the Tridents also in action on Friday.

"Barbados have got to play in the next 3-4 days before we play them so we'll have a good look at them ... look at their players and then decide which way we want to go about bowling and batting," Paine said.

Losing Districts captain Daniel Flynn - who was bowled by man-of-the-match Ben Hilfenhaus (3-14) for a golden duck - said his side lost the match when Blizzard and Malik helped Hobart put on 105 runs in the last eight overs.

"The ball got a little bit wet there, we got it replaced towards the back end," Flynn said.

"It obviously had some effect, but that's no excuse. We obviously got it wrong towards the back of the innings.

"They [Hobart] played very well, they had wickets in hand, they had the ability to come hard at us, and we didn't quite respond the way I would have liked."

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