About the Match
Melbourne Stars, which continues to lead the table with 12 points and NRR of +2.733, will host the Hurricanes, which is placed in the 5th position with 5 points and NRR of +0.154 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the 28th match of the ongoing BBL series. While the Stars surged ahead without losing a single match so far, Hurricanes have also shown a lot of determination to try and make it to the top-four. This will be a crucial match for the visitors if they want to keep their hopes alive this season but it remains to be seen if they can overcome the challenge of battling it out with the hosts here.
The team convincingly won the previous match against Brisbane Heat by 3 wickets with 2 balls to spare as the batsmen successfully chased the target of 145 runs set by the opponents. White and Wright posted a 47-run opening partnership to start the 2nd innings on a positive note; thereon Wright and Wade continued with the big runs, scoring 6 fours and 2 sixes between them. While Wright posted 37 runs off 33 balls, Wade scored 33 runs off 28 deliveries to keep the scoreboard ticking. Hussey and Quiney contributed in the middle and ensured they reached the target with ease with support from the lower order. Earlier, the bowlers did very well to restrict Brisbane to 144 runs; while Hussey provided the first breakthrough, Bird struck soon after to claim 2 quick wickets. Though Christian proved to be troublesome for them, Hastings and Wright took a wicket each and Malinga wrapped up the innings with 2-21. The team collectively put efforts to continue on their winning momentum and this team looks confident to keep that going here.
The nail-biting match against Sydney Sixers didn’t go in their favor last week when they lost the crucial match by a narrow margin of 7 runs. Faced with a target of 180 runs, the batsmen Dunk and Paine performed brilliantly to post a 98-run opening partnership that consisted of 10 fours and 3 sixes to give their chase a beautiful start. However, after this duo’s dismissal, the middle order could hardly contribute to the scoreboard and suffered against the Sixers’ bowling attack. There was a slight revival to their chances when Birt and Gulbis showed some promise by posting a 30-run partnership for the 5th wicket but with their dismissal, the rest of the batting line-up fell without any fight. By falling short of the target by 7 runs, the Hurricanes found this defeat very demoralizing but they need to pull up their socks if they want to keep their campaign alive here.
The hosts have proved to be an invincible team this season and this match will be crucial for the Hurricanes if they want to get ahead on the points table. However, the Stars have the home advantage here and with their superb performances so far, this match looks like another win for the hosts.
Melbourne Stars, 1.53 @ Bet365