The Melbourne Stars will stun the Hobart Hurricanes at the Bellerive Oval to win the 1st semifinal of BBL season 8.BET NOW
56 KFC Big Bash league stage matches are done and now we are down to the business end of the tournament. 3 matches remain; the 2 semifinals and the final and we are now in the process of finding out who will make it to the finals.
The 1st semifinal match will be played between the table toppers Hobart Hurricanes and the Melbourne Stars. The match will be played at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart that has so far been a fortress for the Hurricanes this year. Premium Cricket is proud to bring you the Cricket Betting Tips for this match. Which team will win? Will there be an upset? Read this prediction of ours to find out what we think!
The Hobart Hurricanes finished on top of the league table with 10 wins from 14 league stage matches. They finished on 20 points and a NRR of 0.603. They have an unblemished record at home this year having won all 5 matches they have played at the Bellerive Oval. However, they are coming into this match at the back of a loss to Sydney Thunder during their last league stage match.
The opening pair of D’Arcy Short and Matthew Wade have been in red hot batting form this season. Short is the leading run-scorer of the season with 602 runs inclusive of 6 half-centuries while Wade is a close 2nd with 590 runs at a strike rate of 147.86 and 6 half-centuries of his own. The top 4 has done most of the scoring this season and it is sure to be a point of concern for the Hurricanes. George Bailey has scored 326 runs while Ben McDermott has scored 323 runs. The Hurricanes would be worried about the fact that batting might fail but hope that it would not happen during the semifinal match.
The bowling honors for the Hurricanes have been shared between the 3 fast bowlers. James Faulkner is the leading wicket-taker with 18 wickets while Jofra Archer with 17 and Riley Meredith with 16 have constantly contributed with wickets right throughout the tournament. Meredith has the best bowling figures for the Hurricanes this season with 4 for 21 recorded against the Melbourne Stars when the two teams met earlier in the season. He was key in dismissing the Melbourne Stars for 126 and winning that match by 59 runs. The weak link for the Hurricanes is their spin bowling unit. Johann Botha and D’Arcy Short have captured wickets but do not pose a very big threat unless the batters have given them the cushion of extra few runs on the board.
The Melbourne Stars finished 4th in the points table with 7 wins from 14 matches for a 50% win record. They were placed 5th in the league table after losing their 13th match to Brisbane Heat and had to mandatorily win their last game of the league stage against the Sydney Sixers. Win it they did in grand style by recording a 94 run win with Glenn Maxwell making a stroke-filled 82 off 43 deliveries. The Stars boosted by the return of Sandeep Lamichhane and Peter Handscomb also have Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell in great form. Our cricket betting tips predict that the Stars will be able to pull off a heist against the Hobart Hurricanes.
Marcus Stoinis is the leading run-getter for the Melbourne Stars this season having made 476 runs in 11 innings at an average of 59.50 per innings. He has made scores of 70, 53, 43, 49, 81 and 34 during his last 6 innings and has certainly been the most consistent batter during the 2nd half of the tournament. Captain Glenn Maxwell will be brimming with confidence after his innings of 82 versus the Sydney Sixers. He has hit 287 runs at a strike rate of 147.93. Opening batsman Ben Dunk has found some good form of late and has hit 276 runs with the top score of 72 not out while Nick Larkin, Peter Handscomb and Dwayne Bravo have all score more than 140 runs this season. Handscomb is a key component in the middle order for the Stars and will be expected to keep the scoreboard ticking during the middle period of the innings.
All-rounders Stoinis and Bravo are also the leading wicket-takers for the Stars. Both have captured 14 wickets apiece and have bowled with a lot of control. Liam Plunkett is the premier seam bowler in the side and the Englishman has captured 12 wickets in 8 matches with best bowling figures of 4 for 36. Jackson Bird is also in the side and is expected to take the new ball with Plunkett and also bat at number 7. Sandeep Lamichhane’s return has certainly boosted Melbourne’s chances and the Nepali sensation will be expected to add to his tally of 11 wickets in 6 matches. More importantly, he and Adam Zampa are conceding runs at fewer than 7 runs per over and will be expected to make run scoring difficult for the Hurricanes. However, it will be interesting to see how they fare against the left-handed top-order batsmen from Hobart.
So, here is our prediction for this match. We predict that the Melbourne Stars will create a major upset by defeating the Hobart Hurricanes in this match. We see that they have a much stronger team and that their bowlers are in better form than of the Hurricanes. Do you agree?
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