In the 27th match of the Big Bash League 2020/21 (BBL 10), Melbourne Stars and Hobart Hurricanes will take on each other at Bellerive Oval (Hobart) on Monday (4th January) afternoon.
They have already met once this season at the same venue on last Saturday (2nd January) during the 23rd match of this tournament. Hobart Hurricanes won that match by 21 runs.
In the latest points table, Hobart Hurricanes are in the third position with 18 points. On the other hand, Melbourne Stars are in the fifth spot with 11 points.
Big Bash League 2020-21 (BBL 10), Match 27: Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes – Match Preview
Though Melbourne Stars made a positive start this season with two successive victories, then they have one no result and three consecutive defeats.
Apart from the skipper Glenn Maxwell, they have no other Stars batsman who has managed to score at least 100 runs yet in this BBL season. Maxwell has scored 249 runs in five innings with an average of 62.25 and strike-rate 156.60, including two half-centuries. However, Nicholas Pooran and Marcus Stoinis have also managed to score one half-century each this season.
While Liam Hatcher has taken 9 wickets, Billy Stanlake has bagged 8 wickets this season. Meanwhile, the leg-spinner Adam Zampa will also be available for this match after completing one-match suspension. The Aussie leg-spinner has scalped 7 wickets in four matches of this tournament. On the other hand, Nic Maddinson is missing the squad due to ankle sprain, which he got during the last game.
Melbourne Stars will now have to return in their winning pattern as soon as possible.
Glenn Maxwell (C), Hilton Cartwright, Ben Dunk, Sam Elliott, Andre Fletcher, Seb Gotch, Liam Hatcher, Clint Hinchliffe, Zahir Khan, Nick Larkin, Lance Morris, Nicholas Pooran, Sam Rainbird , Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa
Forms in the last 5 matches (Oldest to latest): Won, No Result, Lost, Lost and Lost
In their first seven games of this season, Hobart Hurricanes won five matches and lost twice. While they won their last games, the last one was against Melbourne Stars by 21 runs.
Hurricanes have some in-form batsmen and these names are Colin Ingram (211 runs in 7 matches), Tim David (189 runs in 7 matches), Ben McDermott (186 runs in 5 matches) and Dawid Malan (129 runs in 3 matches). All of them have registered one half-century each this season along with D’Arcy Short (114 run in 7 matches).
Though James Faulkner (8 wickets in 5 matches) is currently unavailable for the selection, they have the in-form bowlers Riley Meredith (10 wickets in 7 matches), Nathan Ellis (9 wickets in 7 matches) and Scott Boland (9 wickets in 7 matches).
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 last 5 matches (Oldest to latest): Lost, Won, Lost, Won and Won
Big Bash League 2020-21 (BBL 10), Match 27: Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes – Match Prediction
While Melbourne Stars and Hobart Hurricanes met for the first time this season on last Saturday, Hurricanes ended their three-match losing streak against Stars after winning that match by 21 runs. Also, Hurricanes are in great form while Stars lost all their last three games.
So, Hobart Hurricanes are favourite for the upcoming return game against Melbourne Stars.