In-form Stars and Hurricanes face-off!
Hobart Hurricanes will win the match!
Melbourne Stars and Hobart Hurricanes started this season on a positive note with a win in their respective opening matches. Both teams will look to continue their winning momentum and score back-to-back wins.
Melbourne Stars lost to Hobart Hurricanes twice in the group stages last season but came back strongly in the semi-finals to beat them. Hobart Hurricanes topped the point’s table season but failed in the semifinals and their season came to an anti-climactic end. They will look to avenge Melbourne Stars for their defeat in the knockouts last season. We can expect a cracking contest between these two teams for sure.
IPL multi-millionaire Glenn Maxwell set the stage on fire in the opening encounter with his aggressive knock of 83 runs off just 39 balls. Peter Handscomb looked good for his 15-ball 20 but did not make a big impact in the match. The rest of the batting unit did not make enough contributions as they ended the innings with 167 runs on board.
Stars bowlers pulled back the match brilliantly from 100/3 to 145/8 after Tom Banton`s attacking innings. Adam Zampa was the pick of the bowlers taking 3 wickets including the key wickets of Tom Banton and Chris Lynn. Haris Rauf and Daniel Worrall were impeccable with their line and lengths and shared combined figures of 8-0-41-1 in the match.
Glenn Maxwell – Maxwell came in at 56/3 and scored 83 of the remaining 111 runs scored by their team. He smashed 7 boundaries and 5 sixes in the process and is looking in a dangerous form after his return.
Haris Rauf – Haris Rauf came in as a replacement for Dale Steyn and was spectacular with the ball taking 2 wickets. He had match figures of 4-0-20-2 in the match.
Nic Maddinson, Ben Dunk, Marcus Stoinis, Hilton Cartwright, Peter Handscomb (wk), Glenn Maxwell (c), Clint Hinchliffe/Nathan CoulterNile, Adam Zampa, Daniel Worrall, Haris Rauf, Sandeep Lamichhane
Hilton Cartwright, Peter Handscomb, Nic Maddinson, Haris Rauf, Clint Hinchliffe, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa, D Worrall, Sandeep Lamichhane, Ben Dunk
Hurricanes batting struggled in their opening match against Sydney Sixers. D Arcy Short hit a fifty and took his team to a good score of 76/1 at the half-way mark. Their middle order then collapsed to 129/9 at the end of 20 overs scoring just 53 runs in last 10 overs losing 8 wickets.
David Miller, George Bailey, Ben McDermott, and Caleb McJewel need to contribute more with the bat consistently. Hurricanes bowlers rose to the occasion to dismantle the opposition to a paltry score of 104-all out. Qais Ahmed was unplayable and had match figures of 4-0-12-4 and was duly awarded Man of the match for his performance. James Faulkner and Simon Milenko chipped in with 2 wickets each to derail the chase. Riley Miredith had amazing bowling figures of 4-0-10-1 to build pressure in the middle overs.
D Arcy Short – Short was the only batsmen to play well in the slow pitch scoring 51 runs and no other batsmen crossed 24 runs from the either side. He will look to continue his performance on a better pitch in this match.
Qais Ahmed – The Afghani Qais Ahmed bamboozled the batsmen with his leggies and wrong ones to pick 4 wickets in the match. He took 3 wickets in a single over and ended the match in his team`s favor.
D Arcy Short, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott (c & wk), David Miller, George Bailey, Simon Milenko, James Faulkner, Nathan Ellis, Qais Ahmad, Clive Rose, Riley Meredith
Riley Meredith, Nathan Ellis, Thomas Rogers, Clive Rose, Ben McDermott, Caleb Jewell, David Miller, Simon Milenko, D'Arcy Short, Mac Wright, Qais Ahmad
The weather looks bright and sunny with just 20% chances of rain and we can expect a full match between these two teams with no interruptions.
This is the only match in Victoria this season. The pitch will be good to bat on early and may slow up as the match progresses. We can expect scores in range of 160 runs in this match.
The pitch will slow down in the chase and run scoring may become too difficult. We expect both captains to bat first if they win the toss.
Melbourne Stars and Hobart Hurricanes have momentum and form on their side with a win in their opening matches. Glenn Maxwell (83 runs) and D Arcy Short (51 runs) were the only batsmen to score runs for the team while the rest of the batting unit failed.
Both teams have quality spinners and experienced seamers in their bowling attack. There is very little to separate the teams at this stage. Lack of good 5th bowler may haunt Melbourne Stars in this match.
Hobart Hurricanes will win the match!