About the Match
The Melbourne Stars stormed into the semi-finals with eight straight wins in the league stage, not losing a single match; they face Hobart Hurricanes in the first semi-final match of the series on 4th Feb at Melbourne. The hosts have performed exceptionally well throughout the league and will definitely do their best to take the top honors; on the other hand the Hurricanes progressed slowly but steadily and rightly deserve their place in the semi-finals. The contest is surely to be a fierce one and both teams will come out all guns blazing to win the match and make it to the finals.
The team is filled with talented players; Brad Hodge and Luke Wright are in good form and they did well in recent matches to take their team to victory and with overseas players like Mohammad Hafeez and Lasith Malinga on their side, this team can be a formidable force to reckon with. John Hastings, Marcus Stoinis and Scott Boland have been the leading wicket takers and they have been consistent with their bowling all through, providing regular breakthroughs and restricting the run flow of the opponents. With Malinga brought to the attack, the team has a wide variety of bowling options that will hold the key to their success here. The top and middle order have done well and they have proved their mettle in every single match so far; the players are confident of displaying their skills and taking the team safely home.
The top order of the team has been pivotal to their recent victories and with players like Ben Dunk and Tim Paine, who have shown their batting prowess time and again in the series, the team can put up a tough fight against the best of teams. While Shoaib Malik has not been at his best, the others in the middle and lower middle order like Evan Gulbis and Travis Birt can contribute well with the bat and keep the scoreboard ticking. The bowling unit is tight and if they remain focused on the job at hand, players like Cameron Boyce, Laughlin and Mascarenhas can be deadly against the opponents. The team performed well to beat the other teams and get into the top four spot; with their positive attitude and cohesive team spirit, the Hurricanes are definitely the ones to look out for this season.
While the hosts, Melbourne Stars have the home advantage and a spotless record this season, the team will be cautious not to take their opponents lightly; they will need to be as focused as before and make the best use of their resources. The Hurricanes might be the underdogs but they have made it so far with their sheer determination and a never-say-die attitude; this team can throw surprises and unsettle their opponents, however, Melbourne Stars go in as favorites and even though the match will be tough, the hosts look well placed to win the match and reach the finals.
Melbourne Stars, 1.44 @ Bet365