The 1st Semi-Final of BBL 2019 will see Hobart Hurricanes lock horns with Melbourne Stars tomorrow at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart. The match is scheduled to start at 2:00 PM IST.
The two opening batsmen for the Hurricanes have been exemplary throughout the tournament. The table toppers in the most runs category, Matthew Wade and D’Arcy Short, will be expected to arrive with all the guns blazing against Melbourne Stars. Having scored six half-centuries each, Wade and Short form an aggressive partnership to kick-off things from the top.
Glenn Maxwell, the Melbourne Stars captain, will have a personal score to settle when he takes the field against Hobart Hurricanes on Wednesday. The all-rounder had to face the ignominy of a 7-wicket-loss against the Hurricanes in the 2013-14 semi-final of the BBL.
After making it to the fourth semi-final spot at the very last moment, Melbourne Stars would very much like to make the headlines with an upset at the Bellerive Oval. Hobart Hurricanes, who blew away the competition for the most part of the campaign, have looked complacent in their recent run of games. Despite being at the top of the table, the Hurricanes have, worryingly, lost 3 of their last 5 games. Melbourne Stars will certainly do everything to inflict another defeat on the hosts in the tomorrow’s match.
Melbourne Stars hosted Hobart Hurricanes at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 14th January, when the Hurricanes won the game by 59 runs. Batting first, Hobart Hurricanes posted a handsome total of 185 runs with D’Arcy Short finishing his impressive inning unbeaten at 96 runs. The right-handed fast bowler, Riley Meredith, then wreaked havoc on Melbourne Stars by taking 4 wickets for just 21 runs.
After a short fight by the wicket-keeper batsman, Seb Gotch, the Melbourne Stars plummeted at a total of 126 runs.
Hobart Hurricanes: L W L W L
Melbourne Stars: W W L L W
Here’s how the two teams may lineup –
Wicket Keeper – Matthew Wade
Batsmen – George Bailey, Ben McDermott, D’Arcy Short, Simon Milenko, Caleb Jewell (D: Alex Doolan)
All-rounders – James Faulkner
Bowlers – Qais Ahmad, Jofra Archer, Riley Meredith, Clive Rose
Wicket Keeper – Peter Handscomb
Batsmen – Glenn Maxwell (C), Ben Dunk, Seb Gotch/Nick Larkin, Nic Maddinson (D: Evan Gulbis)
All-rounders – Dwayne Bravo, Marcus Stoinis
Bowlers – Jackson Bird, Sandeep Lamichhane, Adam Zampa, Dan Worrall
Matthew Wade (C), Qais Ahmad, Jofra Archer, George Bailey, Alex Doolan, James Faulkner, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Simon Milenko, David Moody, Clive Rose, D’Arcy Short
Glenn Maxwell (C), Jackson Bird, Dwayne Bravo, Ben Dunk, Seb Gotch, Evan Gulbis, Peter Handscomb, Sandeep Lamichhane, Nick Larkin, Nic Maddinson, Marcus Stoinis, Dan Worrall, Adam Zampa
Fantasy picks from Hobart Hurricanes:
Matthew Wade – 590 runs in 14 innings || D’Arcy Short – 602 runs in 14 innings || George Bailey – 326 runs in 11 innings || Ben McDermott – 323 runs in 12 innings
James Faulkner – 18 wickets || Jofra Archer – 17 wickets || Riley Meredith – 16 wickets
Fantasy picks from Melbourne Stars:
Marcus Stoinis – 476 runs in 11 innings || Glenn Maxwell – 287 runs in 10 innings || Ben Dunk – 276 runs in 14 innings || Peter Handscomb – 158 runs in 7 innings
Marcus Stoinis & Dwayne Bravo – 14 wickets each || Adam Zampa & Sandeep Lamichhane – 11 wickets each
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