About the Match
The Hurricanes powered up their campaign with a 60-run victory against Sixers in their opening match of the season; they will now take on runners-up from last year Melbourne Stars, on 26th December at Hobart. The hosts did well with bat and ball in the last game and with the home advantage to their side, will be eager to continue with the winning momentum. The Stars, on the other hand, will like to start their campaign on a positive note in order to do one better this year and lift the trophy; it needs to be seen which team can dominate on the field to emerge victorious on Monday.
Debutant D’Arcy Short gave an all-round performance with a solid 61 off just 29 deliveries that saw him smash 3 sixes and 8 boundaries against the Sixers and also take a wicket in the one over that he bowled; he is a talented all-rounder and can be a strong asset for the team. Tim Paine led from the front with a score of 63 off 45 and along with Short can build a strong foundation for the team. The batting line-up also has stalwarts like Sangakkara, George Bailey and Daniel Christian, who could guide the youngsters with their tremendous experience.
The batsmen did well to post a challenging total of 200 and the bowlers combined their skills to stifle the Sixers and get them all-out by the 17th over. Fast-bowler Shaun Tait claimed 3-32 while spinner Clive Rose and medium pacer Kingston took 2 scalps each to restrict the opponents to 140. The team has experts like Stuart Broad, who can be ruthless with his pace attack, while spinner Cameron Boyce adds depth to the attack.
The recent victory has surely boosted the morale of the players and under the leadership of the in-form Tim Paine, can prove to be a strong contender for the title.
The Stars have a power-packed batting line-up with experienced players like Kevin Pietersen, David Hussey, and Glenn Maxwell, who can come out with all their firepower to help the team build a solid target. Youngsters like Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Tom Triffitt and all-rounders Luke Wright, John Hastings and James Faulkner can stabilize the innings from the middle.
The bowling squad has spinners like Adam Zampa, Michael Beer, and Maxwell, who can use the variations to outwit the opponents. Speedsters like Scott Boland, Faulkner, Hastings, Daniel Worrall, Luke Wright and Jackson Coleman could try to demolish the Hurricanes batting line-up with a well-worked out strategy.
Fast-bowler Ben Hilfenhaus, who featured in the Canterbury squad of the ongoing McDonald Super Smash T20 series registered a career-best 5-23 to help his team win, and will join the Stars here. They have a strong pace attack and could prove to be a formidable force to reckon with.
The Stars have a well-balanced batting and bowling unit that could post a stiff challenge here; however, we feel that Hurricanes, who showcased their all-rounder skills to win recently could leverage the home advantage to pull off another win on Monday.