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The Melbourne Stars and the Hobart Hurricanes are going to play each other for the second match in succession. BBL 2020-21 has been a surprisingly poor season for the Melbourne Stars so far. They have won just two of their matches and sit outside the top-4 in the BBL standings.
The Hobart Hurricanes, on the other hand, have been very good and have won five out of their seven matches. Perhaps, more importantly, the Hobart Hurricanes also won the previous match against the Stars with ease.
Can the Hobart Hurricanes do the double over the Stars and cement their place in the top-4? Can the Melbourne Stars find someone other than Glenn Maxwell to contribute to their cause?
Melbourne Stars s Hobart Hurricanes BBL 2020-21 is going to be played at the Bellerive Oval, Hobart on the 4th of January 2020.
The Melbourne Stars found themselves in another situation where Glenn Maxwell played beautifully but the team still ended on the losing side by a fair margin. Time is running out for the Melbourne Stars to get their act together and we fell this may be the make or break point for their campaign.
We know that Maxwell is in great form. He is the leading run-scorer of the Big Bash right now and is in some of the best form of his life. He just needs Marcus Stoinis or Nicholas Pooran to start playing with some more consistency to help win a few matches.
Hilton Cartwright, Andre Fletcher, and Ben Dunk have been very disappointing so far and they surely must be under pressure to keep their places in the team.
Billy Stanlake played well in the previous match and was able to pick up three wickets for not too many. Rainbird, Maxwell, Hatcher, Morris, and Khan were the other bowlers used in the previous match.
The loss of Adam Zampa is a big one for the Melbourne Stars especially because Zahir Khan has not been able to be effective in the tournament so far. The talent and depth in the Stars team is obvious but its current form leaves a lot to be desired.
Marcus Stoinis, ADS Fletcher, N Larkin, Glenn Maxwell, Nicholas Pooran, Hilton Cartwright, Sebastian Gotch, Adam Zampa, Liam Hatcher, Sam Rainbird, Billy Stanlake.
The Hurricanes were the underdogs in the previous match but that may not be the case this time around. They have been very good in the tournament so far without much help from Darcy Short, arguably their best batsman.
Ben McDermott has taken the move to the top of the order very well and is being able to provide the Hurricanes with some rapid starts. With Dawid Malan (the best T20 batsman in the world), Colin Ingram, Tim David, and Peter Handscomb in the side, there is a lot of depth in the batting.
Arguably, the Hobart Hurricanes have a stronger batting lineup than the Melbourne Stars.
The real difference, though, has been the bowling. Rilee Meredith has been fantastic with the new ball. He bowls fast and is almost always able to pick up some early wickets. Scott Boland, Sandeep Lamichhane, Nathan Ellis, Johan Botha, and Darcy Short have all been quite impressive for the Hobart Hurricanes so far.
We think Nathan Ellis has not been at his best as a death bowler but he was impressive in the previous match and that is a very promising sign for the Hobart Hurricanes moving forward.
Ben McDermott, D'Arcy Short, Dawid Malan, Peter Handscomb, Colin Ingram, Tim David, Johan Botha, Nathan Ellis, Scott Boland, Riley Meredith, Sandeep Lamichhane.
The team that wins the toss usually prefers bowling first at the Bellerive Oval. The short square boundaries make defending a total very difficult here.
Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.
We think a good batting surface is likely to be served up for this match, just as it was in the previous one. There is some rain forecast for earlier in the day but that will hopefully not affect the match at all.
The bowlers have to work hard at the Bellerive Oval but there is always a bit of extra bounce in the surface that the fast bowlers can use to their advantage.
We are going to stick with the Hobart Hurricanes in this match as well. They have a strong batting lineup that is in good form and a bowling lineup that is better than that of the Stars. The risk here is a brilliant inning from Marcus Stoinis or Glenn Maxwell or both. However, all things considered we would much rather be in the Hobart Hurricanes camp at the moment.
Bet on the Hobart Hurricanes to win.
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