The Melbourne Stars have been eliminated from contention for the BBL playoffs, so this game has no significance for them. The other team in this game, the Hobart Hurricanes, qualified for the BBL 201-22 playoffs with a narrow win over the Melbourne Renegades in their previous match. They would like to gain some winning momentum before entering the tournament’s most crucial phase.
The game between the two teams will take place on January 19th, 2022 at Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne.
Match Details to Note
Match: Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes, 56th Match, Big Bash League 2021-22
Date: January 19, 2022 (Wednesday)
Time: 2:20 PM IST
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes Team Previews
The Melbourne Stars dominated their previous match against the Brisbane Heat. They needed to win that game by as wide a margin as possible, and they did so. Of course, they needed the Hurricanes to lose to the Renegades, which did not happen.
In the previous match, the Melbourne Stars demonstrated their batting prowess. Joe Clarke, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, and Hilton Cartwright all contributed significantly. Not only did each of them score runs, but they did so at a rapid pace. The question now is whether we can expect a comparable level of performance in the absence of the incentive to qualify there. We’ve seen teams lose motivation after being eliminated, and the Melbourne Stars could be next.
The Stars also made good use of their bowling resources. They started the batting order with Adam Zampa and attacked right away. Glenn Maxwell made the most of his opportunities and took two wickets. With Coulter-Nile also back in the lineup, the Melbourne Stars have enough bowling depth to pose a challenge to the Hobart Hurricanes.
Melbourne Stars Squad
Joe Clarke (wk), Glenn Maxwell (c), Hilton Cartwright, Marcus Stoinis, Beau Webster, Joe Burns, Nick Larkin, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Sam Rainbird, Adam Zampa, Ahmed Daniyal, Clint Hinchliffe, Xavier Crone, Samuel Elliott, Patrick Rowe, Tom O Connell, Brody Couch
Predicted XI: Joe Clarke (wk), Glenn Maxwell (c), Beau Webster, Marcus Stoinis, Hilton Cartwright, Joe Burns, Nick Larkin, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Sam Rainbird, Adam Zampa, Ahmed Daniyal
The Hobart Hurricanes scored 182 against the Melbourne Renegades and then held on by a slim margin of six runs. Still, the win was enough to get it through, and we don’t think the Hurricanes will mind how it went down!
The Hobart Hurricanes’ batting lineup is on par with any other team in the BBL. Ben McDermott, arguably the best batsman in the BBL 2021-22, only scored three runs, but the Hobart Hurricanes still reached 182. Darcy Short, Matthew Wade, and Caleb Jewell are all in good form, while Peter Handscomb and Tim David add power.
Tim David demonstrated his dangerousness in the previous match with four sixes, and we believe it is only a matter of time before he is playing in Australian colours as the designated finisher in white-ball cricket.
Thomas Rogers continues to take wickets in the majority of his matches and is the highest wicket-taker for the Hobart Hurricanes in this season’s Big Bash. Sandeep Lamichhane is also in good form, and with Riley Meredith in the lineup, the Hobart Hurricanes are just as strong in the bowling department as the Melbourne Stars.
Hobart Hurricanes Squad
Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott (wk), Matthew Wade (c), D Arcy Short, Jordan Thompson, Tim David, Peter Handscomb, Josh Kann, Thomas Rogers, Riley Meredith, Sandeep Lamichhane, Mitchell Owen, Wil Parker, Gabe Bell, Will Sanders, Macalister Wright
Predicted XI: Ben McDermott (wk), Josh Kann, Matthew Wade (c), D Arcy Short, Tim David, Caleb Jewell, Peter Handscomb, Jordan Thompson, Thomas Rogers, Riley Meredith, Sandeep Lamichhane
Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes Toss Prediction
Teams will try to bat first because the pitch may slow down as the match progresses, and this is the second match of the day on the same pitch.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The MCG has been slower in recent games, and the pitch has cracked as a result of the large number of matches. The ball will come to a halt and bounce unevenly to the bat. On this pitch, we anticipate average scores of 140-160 runs.
The weather in Melbourne is expected to be bright and sunny on match day, with a 5% chance of precipitation. There will be no rain delays in this match.
Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes Match Prediction
Both teams have performed admirably in recent matches, but the Melbourne Stars were denied qualification by a razor-thin margin. They’ve been stung by the COVID infection and will try to finish the season on a high note with a win in their final league game.
In terms of batting depth, power, and bowling attacks, we believe the two teams are very evenly matched. It will come down to execution on the day, and with no incentive to qualify in front of them, the Hobart Hurricanes’ performance may suffer.
Melbourne Stars is the favourite to beat Hobart Hurricanes at the odds of 1.75.
- The Melbourne Stars are at full strength, with all of their Australian internationals available for selection.
- The Melbourne Stars have won four of the six matches played at this venue.
- In their previous meeting this season, the Hobart Hurricanes defeated the Melbourne Stars by a score of 24 runs.