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December 30, 2019
Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Stars
Venue: University of Tasmania Stadium | Start: 7:10pm (AEDT)
Hobart Hurricanes – The Cane Train has now started to gather momentum with two wins from three. But they face a tough task at home against tournament favourites the Stars, who comprehensively beat them just eight days ago in Moe. Conceding an above-par 163 to the Stars on a tricky wicket, the Hurricanes were then routed for 111, led by surprise packet Haris Rauf who took a tournament-best 5/27. Fortunately for the Canes, Rauf won’t line up in his current home state, kept out of the side by big-name signing Dale Steyn.
Undoubtedly the biggest area for improvement for Adam Griffith’s side is their batting output. Despite claiming two wins in three, they are yet to pass 150 – a sign that their big-hitting prowess is not firing on all cylinders. Only D’Arcy Short and Ben McDermott have passed the 50-run tally in the opening three games, and they’ll need more from veteran George Bailey and David Miller should they wish to be there come BBL finals’ time. Big-hitting South African Miller showed promising signs in the Hurricanes’ Christmas Eve win over the Renegades (25 not out) and his form in the late overs going forward will be crucial.
Melbourne Stars – Despite going down to the Heat at Metricon on Friday night, the Stars remain BBL09 outright favourites. And for good reason, too. Key players Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell are in superb touch, plundering 128 and 130 runs respectively in the Stars’ opening three games. And given they’ll be available (barring injury) all season after being left out of the upcoming Australian tour of India in January, their continued presence in the side looms as the vital point in the Stars’ bid for first ever BBL success. With a strike-rate of 191, Maxwell now sits only behind Chris Lynn (205.7) with the best strike-rate in the competition (*minimum 20 runs), underlining his worth in the middle to late overs.
Perhaps understated in the Stars’ lineup – and who will again be crucial in this clash against the Hurricanes – is the leg spinning duo of Adam Zampa and Sandeep Lamichhane. Both are going at just seven runs an over, and are key cogs in the Green Machine. South African legend Dale Steyn went the distance in his first ever BBL over against the Strikers, Jake Weatherald plundering 20 off his first set of six. But he fought back brilliantly to go for just nine off his next two, and will be better for the run in Launceston.
Betting Analysis – There was just two games in Launceston last season, with the side batting first posting just 107, then 169. As is the case with most wickets in their first outing for the season, it’s difficult to know just what will be presented. But given the hot conditions it’s likely to be a hard surface conducive to bigger totals. As was the case in the last game, Stoinis’ current form and position as opener (that is, being afforded more time than any other player in the middle) make him a fairly irresistible top runscorer bet. Of course Maxwell looms large, but Stoinis remains a strong bet. With the ball, look for Adam Zampa to continue his consistent form. For the Canes, looking past D’Arcy Short is risky business, while Riley Meredith remains the outstanding wicket taking option with the ball.
Head to Head: Melbourne Stars
Top Runs Scorer – Hobart Hurricanes: Marcus Stoinis
Most Wickets – Hobart Hurricanes: Adam Zampa
Top Runs Scorer – Melbourne Stars: D’Arcy Short
Most Wickets – Melbourne Stars: Riley Meredith