The Hobart Hurricanes will defeat the Melbourne Stars at the iconic MCG to make it a tournament sweep for them against the Stars this year.BET NOW
The Hobart Hurricanes and the Melbourne Stars meet for the 31st BBL Twenty20 match for the season, to be played at the Melbourne Cricket Grounds on the 14th of January 2019. Both teams suffered losses during their most recent Big Bash matches and will see this as an opportunity to get back into winning ways. Here is what we think would be the outcome of this match. Read this, our onlinecricketbetting tip to find out who will win this match.
This BBL season’s 7th match was played at the Bellerive Oval on the 24th of December 2018. The Hurricanes skipper Matthew Wade won the toss and inserted the Melbourne Stars to take the first lease of the wicket. Everyone in the top 6 got into double figures with captain Glenn Maxwell top scoring with 47 off 31 deliveries in an innings that included 5 big maximums. Nick Larkin made 45 off 33 deliveries batting at number 3 while Marcus Stoinis added the finishing touches to the innings with a 15-ball 22. Jofra Archer was the pick of the bowlers for the Hurricanes capturing 3 for 25, while D’Arcy Short captured 2 for 23 in his 4 overs.
Captain Wade and Short gave the Hurricanes a ‘hurricane start’ putting on 55 in just 5.4 overs before Wade was out caught behind the wickets. Alex Doolan was bowled off a googly bowled by Sandeep Lamichhane and the innings looked to be going downhill. But Ben McDermott and later on George Bailey kept the scoreboard ticking along with Wade to achieve a very comfortable victory for the Hurricanes. Nepali sensation Lamichhane was the pick of the bowlers capturing 3 for 24 in 4 overs of leg spin. Today cricket match prediction tips expect to see another keen tussle between these two talented teams.
The Hobart Hurricanes are still at the top of the league table with 5 wins from 6 matches. The Melbourne Renegades put an end to their winning streak by recording a 6-wicket win during the match at Melbourne. The Hurricanes will thus be determined to get back into winning ways.
The key for the Hurricanes batting lies with the top order. D’Arcy Short has scored 259 runs in 6 innings inclusive of 3 half-tons and is the 2nd highest run-scorer of the tournament thus far. Opening partner and captain, Mathew Wade, has hit 190 runs with a career-best 85 against Sydney Thunder as his best. Wade’s form has dipped a bit and the evergreen George Bailey has stepped up to the plate when needed. Bailey hit 70 not out to rescue the Hurricanes from embarrassment against the Renegades. He added 102 runs for the 4th wicket with Ben McDermott after the top 3 were sent back to the hut with just 11 runs on the board. Ben McDermott, 1-drop batsman Alex Doolan, Simon Milenko, and James Faulkner will need to bat around the experienced trio of Wade, Short and Bailey to help the Hurricanes put up a good score on the board.
The success factor for the Hurricanes has been the contributions made by multiple players with the ball in hand and in the field. They have not depended merely on individual brilliance. Jimmy Faulkner has been the most consistent out of the lot and the left-arm all-rounder has captured 10 wickets with best figures of 3 for 25. Jofra Archer and 22-year-old Riley Meredith have captured 7 wickets apiece and have been very economical as well. Johan Botha D’Arcy Short and Clive Rose form a 3-man spin attack for the Hurricanes and more importantly have captured 14 wickets between them. The Hurricanes have not chopped and changed their team as most other teams have done. Thus this continuity on the field is showing on the player performances and ultimately the team results.
The Melbourne Stars have played 7 matches so far this year and have won just 3 to be placed 5th with 6 points and a NRR of -0.008. The Stars won 3 matches in a row against the Sydney Sixers, Melbourne Renegades, and Sydney Thunder but have since then lost 2 BBL encounters. Today cricket match prediction tips now will look at the key players for the Stars.
The Melbourne Stars will be without 3 key batsmen for the match against the Hurricanes. Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Peter Handscomb will be with Australia’s ODI squad taking part in the International 50-over series against India. The responsibility of shouldering the batting unit will thus fall onto Ben Dunk and Nick Larkin who have started to put in some good performances of late. Dunk and Larkin have scored 143 runs apiece while Larkin has remained unbeaten on 3 occasions. Evan Gulbis had a slow start to the tournament with the bat but has now started to score some runs at the top of the order. He is striking at close to 140 per 100 balls and will look to get the team off to a rollicking start. Nic Maddinson who will have the services of Seb Gotch behind the wickets will captain the team in the absence of Maxwell. Dwayne Bravo will be moved up a few places and will be given the added responsibility of being the glue between the top and the lower order.
Dwayne Bravo with 9 wickets from 7 matches is now the leading wicket-taker for the Stars. The batsmen have been foxed by Bravo’s clever variations and his celebration upon capturing a wicket has been a sight to behold. Scott Boland will take the new ball for the Stars with left-arm medium pace bowler Jackson Coleman. Liam Plunkett will play as an all-rounder and the Englishman is fast rising up the wicket-taking charts. He captured 4 for 36 against Sydney Thunder and will be used as a wicket-taking option. Michael Beer will be the premier spinner in the side now that Adam Zampa and Sandeep Lamichhane are not available for selection. The left-arm spinner has had international experience and will be expected to use that to good effect here.
So, here is our prediction for this match. We expect the Hobart Hurricanes to defeat the depleted Melbourne Stars team and go on to record their 6th win of the season. Do you agree? If yes, go to our betting site and place your bets.