Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Stars BBL Tips, Predictions and Preview

Gary Emmerson:
Hobart Hurricanes BBL

Hobart Hurricanes will hope to pick up successive wins for the first time this Big Bash League season when they take on Melbourne Stars at Aurora Stadium in Launceston.

Hurricanes and Stars have identical records at this stage: P3, W2, L1 and four points collected. With a positive net run rate, it is the Stars who have the edge over their hosts ahead of this fixture having won the reverse fixture at Moe by 52 runs.

Hobart Hurricanes

The Hurricanes have been oscillating between results so far – a win over the Sydney Sixers (25 runs), a loss to the Stars (52 runs) and a win over the Melbourne Renegades (seven wickets). Getting into a winning run is so vital considering how close the teams have been stacked together in the ladder.

As has been the case through the seasons, D’Arcy Short (120 runs SR 127.65) is Hurricanes’ best batsman. He is yet to receive consistent support from his team mates, although Ben McDermott has shown specks of improvement. Bowling-wise there isn’t much concern with Riley Meredith (seven wickets, ER 5.25) and Qais Ahmad (six wickets, ER 5.75) leading the show.

Melbourne Stars

The Stars are coming off a four-run loss to the Adelaide Strikers, where Peter Siddle stopped them in the final over. Otherwise, wins against the Brisbane Heat (22 runs) and the Hurricanes (52 runs) in the reverse fixture have given them good momentum.

A revitalised Glenn Maxwell (128 runs, SR 191.04) has been their lynchpin, while Marcus Stoinis (130, SR 125) has shown that he is just warming up. The return of Dale Steyn means there is no place for Haris Rauf, but Adam Zampa (six wickets, ER 7.08) is showing good signs.

Match Up

The Hurricanes have been all over the place so far, but most of the blame falls on their batsmen. Barring Short, there hasn’t been any steady score and it has put pressure on their bowlers. The Stars are slightly better, with Stoinis and Maxwell leading their charge. It is the Stars who are slightly better balanced and hold an edge over the Hurricanes. The Stars have been going slow at the top, before accelerating in the middle and slog overs – which means backing the Hurricanes to score the highest in the powerplay could pay dividends.

History & Statistics

  • Hurricanes have a 22-8 win-loss record in 31 matches that they won the toss (one NR).
  • However, Hurricanes have lost 31 of the 49 matches when losing the toss.
  • Stars have won eight of 12 H2Hs, including five of the last seven.
  • The chasing team has won five of the last seven H2Hs.
  • Stars have won six of the eight H2Hs that they bowled first.

Key Players

Short has been scoring all runs, but the Hurricanes would be keen for their captain Ben McDermott to stand up to the challenge. If the stylish right-hander can get amongst the runs, it would suit Hobart’s cause.

Stoinis is yet to bowl this season, which means his contributions are limited with the bat only. Although he remains their best scorer thus far, the Stars would hope their opener can improve at the top of the innings with his SR.