Hobart Hurricanes and Melbourne Stars will play against each other on Saturday (2nd January) early evening at Bellerive Oval (Hobart). It will be the 23rd match of the ongoing Big Bash League 2020/21 (BBL 10)
In the latest BBL 2020-21 points table, Hurricanes are in the 3rd spot with 15 points. Meanwhile, Stars are in the fifth position in the same points table with 10 points.
Big Bash League 2020-21 (BBL 10), Match 23: Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Stars – Match Preview
Out of their first six matches this season, Hobart Hurricanes won four games and lost the other two matches.
Ahead of their forthcoming game, Nepal cricketer Sandeep Lamichhane joined the squad. In this latest joining, Lamichhane replaced Caribbean youngster Keemo Paul.
Colin Ingram (185 runs in 6 innings), Tim David (181 runs in 6 innings), Ben McDermott (155 runs) and D’Arcy Short (102 runs in 6 innings) have scored one half-century each this season.
In the meantime, Riley Meredith has picked up 10 wickets while Nathan Ellis and Scott Boland have taken 7 and 6 wickets each. However, they will miss the service of another in-form bowler James Faulkner (8 wickets), who is currently injured.
Latest full available squad
Scott Boland, Johan Botha, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Peter Handscomb, Colin Ingram, Sandeep Lamichhane, Dawid Malan, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, David Moody, Mitchell Owen, Wil Parker, D’Arcy Short, Charlie Wakim, Nick Winter, Macalister Wright
Forms in the BBL 10 (Oldest to latest): Won, Lost, Won, Lost and Won
In their first five games of this season, Melbourne Stars won twice, lost twice and the other one had no result. Adam Zampa, who has taken 7 wickets in four games of this tournament, will miss the upcoming match. He has been suspended for one game due to using an audible obscenity in their previous game.
On the other hand, Sam Rainbird and Sam Elliott have joined the squad as the injury replacement of Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jackson Coleman. While Nathan Coulter-Nile is battling against calf injury, Coleman has suffered hamstring injury.
Apart from skipper Glenn Maxwell (179 runs in 4 innings), Marcus Stoinis (92 runs in 4 innings) and Nicholas Pooran (71 runs in 2 innings) have also scored one half-century each this season.
Liam Hatcher is their leading wicket-taker in this BBL 10 with 9 wickets. Also, Billy Stanlake has got 5 wickets.
Latest full available squad
Glenn Maxwell (C), Hilton Cartwright, Ben Dunk, Sam Elliott, Andre Fletcher, Seb Gotch, Liam Hatcher, Clint Hinchliffe , Zahir Khan, Nick Larkin, Nic Maddinson , Lance Morris, Nicholas Pooran, Sam Rainbird , Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis
Forms in the BBL 10 (Oldest to latest): Won, Won, No Result, Lost and Lost
Big Bash League 2020-21 (BBL 10), Match 23: Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Stars – Match Prediction
In their past head-to-head contest, Melbourne Stars have dominated over Hobart Hurricanes by 9-4. Moreover, Stars are currently running with the three-match winning streak against Hurricanes.
However, observing the latest form, the upcoming match can be a good contest.