Big Bash League Predictions 2019: Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Stars
December 30, 2019
Aurora Stadium, Launceston
The 16th match of the Big Bash League 2019-20 will be played between Hobart Hurricanes and Melbourne Stars on Monday.
After a positive kick off to the Big Bash League season with two straight wins, Melbourne Stars fell 4 runs short of Adelaide Strikers score in their last game. The Stars are currently fourth in the point table and will be hoping to return to the winning ways.
Hobart Hurricanes have also won two of the three games they have played in the Big Bash League 2019-20 and are at fifth in the points table, behind the Stars because of poor net run rate.
Melbourne Stars performance in Big Bash League:
Hilton Cartwright has not been performing at number three and could may be used a bit lower down the order. Ben Dunk has a history of scoring runs up the order and could be better served there.
With Nic Maddinson struggling, Peter Handscomb just getting into his stride, and Ben Dunk not getting enough opportunities, there seems to be an over-reliance on Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell for the runs.
The Melbourne Stars added Dale Steyn and Nathan Coulter-Nile to their side to strengthen their bowling. They already have Sandeep Lamichhane, Adam Zampa, and Daniel Worrall to provide them plenty of quality.
Hobart Hurricanes performance in Big Bash League:
The Hobart Hurricanes won an important match against the Melbourne Renegades thanks to some runs from their main batsmen. Darcy Short resumed his prolific run-scoring while Ben McDermott and David Miller also got in the action.
The Hobart Hurricanes depend heavily on runs from Darcy Short and would like him to stay in good form for as long as possible. Short likes the ball coming on to the bat and tends to struggle when there is some help for the spinners.
Short, Milenko, Jewell, and McDermott could all struggle in such a situation.
The Hurricanes added George Bailey to the side and have a decent amount of depth in their side with the combination they last played.
The Hobart Hurricanes have a very good bowling attack and can pose some serious questions for the Melbourne Stars. Clive Rose and Qais Ahmed will take up the spin-bowling duties while Nathan Ellis, Rilee Meredith, and James Faulkner provide compelling seam bowling options.
Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Stars Predicted line-up:
Nic Maddinson, Marcus Stoinis, Ben Dunk, Peter Handscomb (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Daniel Worrall, Dale Steyn, Sandeep Lamichhane
Simon Milenko, D’Arcy Short, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott (wk), David Miller, George Bailey, James Faulkner, Nathan Ellis, Clive Rose, Qais Ahmad, Riley Meredith
Pitch Report for today's BBL:
It will be the first of the two games of Big Bash League 2019-20 to be played at Aurora Stadium, Launceston.
Two games were played at the venue in Big Bash League 2018-19 and both were won by the team chasing the total.
138 was the average first innings score at the venue in last season.
No T20I has been played at the venue so far.
Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Stars: Today's Match Prediction
- BBL 2018-19 top scorer D’Arcy Short has scored 120 runs in 3 innings and is currently at fifth on the batting chart. He scored 60 against Melbourne Renegades.
- Riley Meredith has picked 7 wickets in the Big Bash League 2019-20 and is currently the bowling chart. He picked three wickets against Melbourne Renegades.
- Qais Ahmad has picked 6 wickets and is at 3rd place among the top wicket takers in the tournament so far.
- Melbourne Stars have been dominating in the head to head clash and have won the fixture 8 times while the Hurricanes edging out 4 times.
- Glenn Maxwell is 48 runs short of Luke Wright to become the all-time top run scorer for Melbourne Stars.