Date & Time: Sunday, December 22, 09:15 IST
Venue: Ted Summerton Reserve, Moe, Victoria, Australia
Both sides eager to continue the winning momentum
Hobart Hurricanes which topped the table in the group stage of the previous edition has started the season with a characteristic win against the Sixers. The way they defended a low score would give them a much-needed morale boost. However their batsmen need to step up against the Stars. The Stars was the runner up of the previous edition, also won their first match of the season and are eager to showcase their batting power to full effect in Victoria.
D’Arcy Short and Glenn Maxwell are the two top-rated players of the match who have an impressive PPM of 60 and 51 respectively in the format. Marcus Stonis is next in the all-rounders list with a PPM of 45 in the format.
Ben Dunk who has done well in the MSL 2019 is the next best batsman of the match, he has a PPM of 40 in 58 matches played so far. Ben MccDoment is also a worthy pick in the match with a PPM of above 35 in the format.
In bowling, Harris Rauf is at the top. He has played only 3 matches in the format. He has an impressive PPM of 60. Qais Ahmed, Sandeep Lamichanne and Adam Zampa are next in the pecking order with a PPM of 48, 41 and 38 respectively.
Hurricanes have rested Geroge Bailey and James Faulkner for the contest. Those changes are likely to bring in Jake Doran and M Wright into the XI. The Stars is likely to stick with the winning combination.
Hobart Hurricanes possible XI
D Arcy Short, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott(w/c), David Miller, Jake Doran, Macalister Wright, Simon Milenko, Nathan Ellis, Clive Rose, Qais Ahmad, Riley Meredith.
Melbourne Stars possible XI
Nic Maddinson, Marcus Stoinis, Hilton Cartwright, Peter Handscomb(w), Glenn Maxwell(c), Ben Dunk, Clint Hinchliffe, Adam Zampa, Daniel Worrall, Haris Rauf, Sandeep Lamichhane
Only one game has been played at Ted Summerton Reserve in Victoria where a score of 167 is recorded in the previous edition of the BBL. So expect a sporting game once again for the Sunday’s contest as well.
He is in phenomenal form of late in the format across the leagues. In the last five matches in the format, he has an impressive PPM of 83 and an MDTA of 1. In the two matches played so far in the season, he is yet to come with his best with the ball.
He might have taken rest from the game for some time but it didn’t have any effect on his power striking. His 83 in the first match is the game-changing moment as most Stars batsmen struggled to score. He has a PPM of 51 and an MDTA of 1.6 in the format.
He is the reason why Hurricanes were able to defend a low total against the Sixers. He was not only the top wicket-taker of the match, but also the most economical bowler. His PPM of 48 in the format makes him a must-have in today’s match.
This season of BBL is so crucial for the Stars all-rounder, so that he can use this opportunity to be back in the national side in the shorter format. He may have struggled in the opening match but expect him to bounce back against the Hurricanes. His PPM of 45 makes him a worthy pick in today’s match.