Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Stars, 16th T20 Match Prediction2019-12-31
Aurora Stadium, Launceston, Australia
Can Hobart Hurricanes take revenge on their previous loss against Melbourne Stars or will it be 2-0 for the Stars?
Melbourne Stars to win!
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It's the match between fourth and fifth-ranked Melbourne Stars and Hobart Hurricanes. Both sides have won two games, lost 1, having played 3 matches. Stars defeated Brisbane Heat in the opening game while they lost the Adelaide Strikers in the recent outing. Hobart Hurricanes have defeated Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Renegades.
In this series, the two sides already met a week before, and the encounter was won by Melbourne Stars thanks to Stoinis (81 runs) and Haris Rauf (5 wickets haul). Though, Rauf had to depart to make ways for Dale Steyn who joined the squad after recovering from his injury.
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Hobart Hurricanes started the season with the won over Sydney Sixers in the at Alice Springs. Qais Ahmad (four overs 4 for 12) powered the team to their first win of the series as they bowled out Sydney Sixers to 104 in response to Hurricanes’ 129. D'Arcy Short was the only batsman to score more than 20 in the match. It was a total batting collapse when the Hurricanes played against Melbourne Stars at Moe. While chasing Stars’ 163, other than Jewell (25 runs), the top and middle-order batsmen failed miserably facing the attack from Rauf, Zampa and Maxwell, as the team was bowled out for 111, to lose the game by 52 runs.
Against Melbourne Renegades, Short’s second half-century and Ben McDermott’s first in the series led the side to the successful run-chase while responding to Melbourne Renegades’ 147. Earlier, fielding first, Faulkner, Ellis, and Meredith took 3 wickets each.
In the last 10 games, D'Arcy Short (389 runs) scored the most runs for Hobart Hurricanes. Qais Ahmad has taken 13 wickets in the previous 6 games, while James Faulkner claimed 10 wickets in the previous 7 games.
Key Players: D’Arcy Short, Qais Ahmad, Riley Meredith
Riley Meredith, Nathan Ellis, Clive Rose, Ben McDermott, Caleb Jewell, David Miller, Simon Milenko, D'Arcy Short, George Bailey, James Faulkner, Qais Ahmad
The runners-up of BBL 2018-19 won their first two games of the tournament as they played against Brisbane Heat and Hobart Hurricanes. Glenn Maxwell (83 off 39) and Adam Zampa (4 overs 3 for 30) led the side to their first win against Heat, only to be followed by another victory over Hurricanes, thanks to Stoinis (54 balls 81 runs, 7 fours, 4 sixes) and Rauf's five-for.
Melbourne Stars faced their first defeat of the tournament while facing Adelaide Strikers at Carrara on Friday. Lamichhane (3 overs 1 for 15) and Zampa (4 overs 26 for 1) bowled well, however, Worrall, Steyn, and Maxwell conceded 94 runs in their 9 overs. In response, Maxwell with his innings of 25 balls 45 almost led the side to the winning end. It was 12 needed in the last over, and they fell short of just five runs at the end. They need a little bit more contribution from batsmen and bowlers other than Stoinis, Maxwell, and Zampa.
In the last 10 games, Marcus Stoinis (447 runs) scored the most runs for Stars. Adam Zampa leads the bowling department with his 13 wickets in the previous 10 games, followed by Daniel Worrall (9 wickets in the last 8 matches).
Key Players - Glenn Maxwell, Adam Zampa, Marcus Stoinis
Peter Handscomb, Nic Maddinson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, DW Steyn, N Larkin, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa, D Worrall, Sandeep Lamichhane, Ben Dunk
On the match day, the weather is forecasted to be heavy rain at times. The daytime temperature would reach around 31°c while it will dip to 13°c at night. Overall it will be dry with no precipitation. 1.2 mm of precipitation, 31% of the sky, the humidity of around 50% are predicted.
Invermay Park, Launceston, Tasmania.
The venue for the match is Invermay Park, Launceston, Tasmania. There are no international games played here. In BBL 2019-19 – two games were organized here for Hobart Hurricanes. On both occasions, teams have won by chasing the target. The surface overall looks very good for batting and anything around 170 would be a par score. It is recommended to field first after winning the toss.
It’s the clash between the two sides how never won Big Base League trophy. Hurricanes rely more on D'Arcy Short when it comes to batting, which is also visible in their previous games totals which remained under 150 so far. Stars have more than one reliable batsman and T20 specialists. Against Hobart Hurricanes, Melbourne Stars have a 67% winning ratio across all BBL seasons. Stars already won their first battle of the tournament by a big margin, also they defeated Hurricanes in the previous season’s semi-final game.
Melbourne Stars to win!
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