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It is all happening in Big Bash League. The team that was doing so well has suddenly dropped out of the top four and the race to the knockouts is getting tighter with every passing match. Make no mistake, though. We are still a long way off from the semifinals and anything is still possible.
The upcoming match, which is to be played between Hobart Hurricanes and Melbourne Stars, could very well act as a make or break game for the two sides involved. They both are languishing in the middle of the points table and would need to win this match to stay on top of things. The match is scheduled to be played at Bellerive Oval, Hobart, on 2nd January 2020.
Hurricanes have so far had a decent tournament, winning four of their six completed matches. They have had a couple of losses sandwiched between their wins, denting what could have been a flawless campaign for them. Currently, they are placed at the third spot on the points table with 15 points to their name.
They recently registered a close win over Brisbane Heat and would be absolutely pumped by that win. Going into the match after a narrow loss against the same team, the Hurricanes didn't get off to the start they wanted as they managed to put just 150 runs on the board. However, thanks to their bowling attack aided by some poor batting by Brisbane Heat, the Hurricanes managed to come out on top by just one run.
Even after posting a sorry batting performance in their last two matches, the Hurricanes would not be too disappointed. D'Arcy Short and Ben McDermott were dismissed for a total of four runs before the Hurricanes' middle-order bailed them out. With the likes of Dawid Malan, Peter Handscomb, Colin Ingram, and Tim David in the middle, their batting unit looks settled. Also, they have batting available in their tail as well with almost everyone till number nine capable enough to bat.
Their bowling prowess was also seen in the last match when they restricted Brisbane Heat to just 149. Riley Meredith, Scott Boland, and Wil Parker have all done pretty well in the tournament so far. With a bowling that is doing well and batting looking robust, the Hurricanes will have a solid chance to ride up the ladder in upcoming outing.
D'Arcy Short, Ben McDermott, Dawid Malan, Peter Handscomb, Colin Ingram, Tim David, Johan Botha, Nathan Ellis, Scott Boland, Riley Meredith, Sandeep Lamichhane.
Melbourne Stars were one of the most well-settled units in the tournament and they started off like on, but thanks to a couple of irregularities in their team selection, the Stars have started to spiral downwards. They are going to miss the services of Adam Zampa in the upcoming contest and that, as well, could have a telling impact.
As it stands currently, they are placed at the fifth spot and any result in the upcoming contest will be of little significance. Besides, their net run-rate isn't particularly good and it can bite them at the back-end of the tournament should things get tighter. One thing that has hurt the Stars, perhaps, is their senior players missing matches at crucial stages of the game. They didn't have Nicholas Pooran at the starting of the tournament and then had Stoinis, Coulter-Nile missing the tournament at different stages for different reasons.
Now, with Coulter-Nile and Zampa both unavailable, their bowling is certainly rendered a little light on experience, at least on paper. With the bat, however, they have enough firepower to overhaul any total. Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis will once again be the key to their fortunes, but the Hurricanes would not want to undermine Nicholas Pooran given the form he's in.
The Stars now have their losing streak extended to two and it can be difficult to get out of the rut unless acted upon quickly. Their bowling hasn't really looked threatening in the recent matches and the onus has been on their batting to do the job. It was apparent in the last match as well as Sydney Thunder smashed 219 runs batting first and the Stars were eventually dismissed for 144.
All in all, Stars had an excellent team on paper, but injuries has dented their campaign. Besides, this is arguably a must-win game if they want to do not want to shy away further from the top four teams of the tournament. With the likes of Maxwell, Stoinis, and Pooran, their batting looks good and if their bowling steps up, they'll be in with a decent chance.
Marcus Stoinis, ADS Fletcher, Hilton Cartwright, Glenn Maxwell, Nicholas Pooran, Nic Maddinson, Ben Dunk, Liam Hatcher, Sam Rainbird, Billy Stanlake, Zahir Khan.
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Hobart Hurricanes did a terrific job to win from a difficult position against Brisbane Heat and the Stars now face a similar challenge as they would not want to prolong their woes further after posting back to back losses. They are not going to be playing with their full-strength team, but are likely to give out their best in this upcoming match. The Hurricane, while have not been at their hundred percent, have done pretty well in the recent matches. Considering the form and on-paper combinations of the Stars and the Hurricanes, the Hurricanes appear ahead. Therefore, placing your money on a Hobart Hurricanes' win should be the way to go in this important fixture.
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