Hobart, February 14 at 2:00 PM IST
Hobart Hurricanes have ruled BBL08 season, winning 10 out of 14 fixtures to secure top position at the end of the league stage. They are pitted against Melbourne Stars in the semi-final tie, the side they have beaten twice already in the current season and now looking to complete a hat-trick of wins.
But! There are qualms about Hurricanes’ current form which seem to fizzle out. Can they regain momentum when it matters the most?
Melbourne Stars, on the other hand, stormed into the semi-final and look quite threatening after the last result. It was a Big Show from skipper Glenn Maxwell in the last outing as he helped his side hammer Sydney Sixers with the help of spin twins – Sandeep Lamichhane and Adam Zampa. If Stars can pull off a similar performance here, it will be a cracker of a semi-final.
Head-to-head (last five BBL T20 fixtures)
Melbourne Stars – 3, Hobart Hurricanes – 2
Form guide (last five fixtures, recent first)
Melbourne Stars – W L L W W
Hobart Hurricanes – L W L W L
Melbourne Stars Team News: Nick Larkin replaces Jackson Coleman in the 13-man squad
Hobart Hurricanes Team News: James Faulkner returns to the squad from precautionary rest, replacing Tom Rogers.
HBH Playing 11: Matthew Wade (c), George Bailey, Qais Ahmad, Jofra Archer, James Faulkner, Caleb Jewell, Clive Rose, D’Arcy Short, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith and Simon Milenko.
MLS Playing 11: Glenn Maxwell (c), Jackson Bird, Dwayne Bravo, Ben Dunk, Seb Gotch, Peter Handscomb, Sandeep Lamichhane, Nic Maddinson, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa and Dan Worrall
Team 1, 2: Hobart openers rule the roost
– Hurricanes boast the top-two batsmen of this Big Bash edition, in D’Arcy Short and Matthew Wade.
– You can take a chance on them.
Team 3, 4: Stars show up
– Melbourne Stars have in the ranks match-winners like Peter Handscomb, Glen Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Dwayne Bravo and Sandeep Lamichhane to swing the game in their favour.
– Pick more Stars’ players.