Cricket Prediction Big Bash League – Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Stars – Hobart Hurricanes look to continue their terrific form in the first semi-final

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Cricket match date: 14th February 2019

Cricket match time02:00 pm IST

Cricket match location: Bellerive Oval, Hobart

Cricket Match format: T20

Tournament: Big Bash League

Team A:  Hobart Hurricanes

Team B: Melbourne Stars

Team A Captain:  Matthew Wade

Team B Captain: Glenn Maxwell

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Cricket Match Preview:

Big Bash League of 2018/19 has been one of the fiercely fought tournaments ever in the league’s history. Till the half way mark, it was not quite clear which of the seven teams were going to qualify for the next round. Hobart Hurricanes had made it apparent in the first six cricket games that they are going to be one of the semifinalists.

It was far tougher for Melbourne Stars and it was not until their last cricket game that it became clear that they were going to be in the next round of this cricket league. Their season was almost carried singlehandedly by all-rounder Marcus Stoinis. His performance at the top of the order and while bowling has been a big difference. It was not until the last cricket game that Glenn Maxwell contributed and so his form in the last cricket game should give them lots of confidence.

Hobart Hurricanes, on the other hand, comfortably ended up as the best cricket team after the group stage. In 14 group games of cricket, they won 10 cricket games. However, in their last 5 cricket games, they ended up with only 2 wins and their most recent encounter ended up as a loss as well. They would like to believe that come the first semifinal, they will be back to their best.

In comparison, Melbourne Stars have won 3 cricket games out of their last 5 games and would like to believe that their form is slightly better than their rivals coming into the semis. However, their excessive dependency on Stoinis and lack of form of Peter Handscomb mean that it will be important for the likes of Dwayne Bravo and skipper Glenn Maxwell to do their job.

In the last 5 cricket games between the two sides, Melbourne Stars have beaten Hobart Hurricanes in 3 cricket games while in this tournament, Hobart Hurricanes beat Stars on both occasions. Hobart Hurricanes have also been very reliant on their openers, Matthew Wade and D’arcy Short, to score their runs. There have been fewer contributions from others. On the bowling front, Jofra Archer has had an indifferent tournament but he can quickly make it memorable by winning his side in the next 2 cricket games.

Cricket Match Information:

Hobart Hurricanes and Melbourne Stars will clash with each other in the first semifinal of this edition of Big Bash League. While Hobart Hurricanes finished at the top of the points table after the group stage, Stars finished the group stage at number 4.

Hobart Hurricanes

Probable XI (Our Prediction):

Hobart Hurricanes, led by Matthew Wade, have been in great form in this cricket league. They had been unbeaten in the first 6 cricket games. Our prediction is they will continue with the same playing eleven as they played in their last game of cricket.

Here is our prediction of Hobart Hurricanes’ playing XI:

  • D’Arcy Short
  • Ben McDormett
  • Matthew Wade
  • Jofra Archer
  • James Faulkner
  • DJM Moody
  • George Bailey
  • CA Rose
  • Riley Meredith
  • Qais Ahmed
  • S Milenko

Melbourne Stars

Probable XI (Our Prediction):

Melbourne Stars made an inspirational comeback after a slow start in the first few cricket games. Our prediction is they will go with the same playing eleven that won them the last cricket game.

Here is our prediction of Melbourne Stars’ playing XI:

  • Dwayne Bravo
  • Ben Dunk
  • Marcus Stoinis
  • Peter Handscomb
  • Glenn Maxwell
  • SE Gotch
  • S lamichhane
  • Adam Zampa
  • JM Bird
  • Nick Maddinson
  • DJ Worrall

Cricket Statistics and Prediction:

Jofra Archer has had an indifferent tournament so far. Our prediction is of a good performance from him in the next cricket game.

Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:

The last international cricket game played on this ground was between England and Australia recently. The pitch is expected to be a belter and we can expect a score of around 160 in this cricket game. Our prediction is of a close contest. Conditions are expected to be dry.

Our Prediction:

Hobart Hurricanes will undoubtedly begin the game of cricket as the favourites. They are coming into this cricket game after the loss but before that, they had 6 back-to-back wins in the first 6 cricket games. Hence, our prediction is of a Hurricanes’ win.

Top Batsman (Prediction):

D’Arcy Short (HH) – 50+ runs

Top Bowler (Prediction):

Jofra Archer (HH) – 2 or more wickets

Most Sixes (Prediction):

D’Arcy Short (HH)

LOGO 2 Odds

Hobart Hurricanes – 1.68

Melbourne Stars – 1.95

*odds may change anytime

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