Series : Big Bash League 2018-19
Match: 1st Semifinal
Date: 14th February, 2019, Thursday
Time: 7.30 PM Local time
Venue: Bellerive Oval, Hobart
As far as the round-robin stage of this edition’s Big Bash League was concerned, Hobart Hurricanes turned out to be the most formidable team with 10 victories from 14 matches. Subsequently, the Matthew Wade-captained team finished atop the points table with 20 points. The table-toppers are next scheduled to play Hobart Hurricanes in the first semi-final at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart.
Previously, the Hurricanes thumped the Stars in a couple of games, one of which was at the very venue. The Stars, captained by Glenn Maxwell, huffed and puffed, but managed to sneak through to the knockouts, emerging triumphant in their must-win game against Sydney Sixers at Melbourne Cricket Ground. The Hurricanes would want to bounce back from the loss against Sydney Thunder in Canberra.
Team Combinations –
Hobart Hurricanes -James Faulkner, who replaced Tom Rogers in the squad, may replace David Moody in the playing eleven from the last match. It goes without saying that Wade and Short would need to fire and lay the platform. The middle-order is a decent one as well with the likes of McDermott, Bailey, and Jewell in the ranks. The bowling department has Ahmed, Meredith, Qais Ahmed, and Rose.
Probable XI- Matthew Wade (C & WK), D’Arcy Short, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, George Bailey, Simon Milenko, Jofra Archer, Clive Rose, Qais Ahmed, David Moody/James Faulkner, Riley Meredith
Melbourne Stars- Nick Larkin is back in the squad, but he may not break into the eleven. Stoinis and Dunk are the openers with keeper Handscomb at number three. Our cricket tips is A lot would depend on how Maxwell and Maddinson step up and deliver. Bravo and Gotch need to perform. The onus would also be on the spin-bowling duo of Lamichhane and Zampa to put a lid on the run-scoring. Jackson and Worrall are the pacers.
Probable XI-Marcus Stoinis, Ben Dunk, Peter Handscomb (WK), Glenn Maxwell (C), Nic Maddinson, Dwayne Bravo, Seb Gotch, Jackson Bird, Adam Zampa, Sandeep Lamichhane, Daniel Worrall
Pitch and Conditions- Five matches were played at the venue in this BBL out of which four were won by the team batting second. The pitch has been fairly good for batting and the bowlers have had their difficulties. It won’t be much of a surprise if the teams opt to field after winning the toss.
Toss- We definitely think The team that wins the toss will bowl first. Our cricket tips is Second batting have a huge chance of winning the match.
Prediction – Bothe the teams are pretty equal on paper. Big hitters, mystery spinners, quality pacers will be on for show. Toss will be a big factor. Our Prediction is Melbourne Stars will win.