Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes Match Prediction – Who will win today’s match? BBL 2020-21, Match 27
The pitch at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart is one that will keep both the batsmen as well as the bowlers interested.
Updated - Jan 3, 2021 4:54 pm
In a return fixture of their encounter on January 2nd, 2021, the Melbourne Stars and the Hobart Hurricanes will clash yet again in Match 27 of the Big Bash League on January 4th, 2021. While the Hurricanes are comfortably placed at second place with 5 wins from 7 games, the Melbourne Stars have some catching up to do, having won just two games so far.
In the previous encounter, it was Dawid Malan’s dexterity with the willow that allowed the Hurricanes to comfortably romp home by 21 runs. Billy Stanlake was the pick of the bowlers in the last game for the Stars, scalping 3 wickets and giving away just 25 runs. The Melbourne Stars’ batting line up failed to rise to the occasion in their previous encounter against the Hurricanes.
Only one man, Glenn Maxwell stood tall amidst the ruins, by smashing 5 sixes and 6 fours on his way to a rampaging 70 off just 37 balls. The next highest scorer for the Stars in their previous encounter was Sam Rainbird, who scored just 15 runs.
The Melbourne Stars side is on a three-match losing streak, and they will look to reverse this trend when they take on the Hurricanes in a crucial encounter at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart. For the Melbourne Stars, Adam Zampa is expected to return back to action after serving a one-match ban.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart is one that will keep both the batsmen as well as the bowlers interested. While the highest score on this pitch this year has been 205, the lowest score on this pitch is 60. And interestingly, both happened in the same game.
Average first innings score
The average first innings score at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart in 7 matches this year has been 169.
Record of chasing teams
The chasing side has won just 2 out of the 7 games played at the Bellerive Oval
Hobart Hurricanes playing XI
Ben McDermott(wk), D Arcy Short, Dawid Malan, Nathan Ellis, Colin Ingram, Peter Handscomb(c), Nathan Ellis, Scott Boland, Johan Botha, Riley Meredith, Sandeep Lamichhane.
Bench: David Moody, Mitchell Owen, Will Parker, Charlie Wakim, Macalister Wright
Melbourne Stars playing XI
Andre Fletcher, Marcus Stoinis, Hilton Cartwright, Glenn Maxwell(c), Nicholas Pooran, Ben Dunk, Sam Rainbird, Liam Hatcher, Billy Stanlake, Lance Morris, Adam Zampa.
Bench: Clint Hinchliffe, Nick Larkin, Tom O’ Connell, Jonathan Merlo, Nathan Coulter Nile
Probable Top Performers
Melbourne Stars- Glenn Maxwell
Ever since his disastrous outing in the 13th edition of the IPL, Glenn Maxwell has been in devastating form. In the third T20I against India on December 8th 2020, the right-hander scored a scintillating 36 ball 54 at a strike rate of 150. Also, in the current edition of the Big Bash League, the Melbourne Stars’ skipper is the highest run-scorer so far, aggregating 249 runs at an incredible average of 62.25, and a strike rate of 156.60.
In the previous encounter against the Hobart Hurricanes, Maxwell pummeled the opposition bowling attack on his way to a pulsating 37 ball 70. The Hurricanes side will surely be aware of the threat that Maxwell possesses to them in tomorrow’s game.
Hobart Hurricanes- Dawid Malan
Dawid Malan owned the year 2020, in T20I cricket. The left-hander aggregated impressive numbers last year in the international arena. In the 10 innings that he played last year in the shortest format of the game, Malan scored 397 runs at an average close to 50(49.63).
In the Hurricanes’ previous encounter as well, it was Malan who was the architect of the victory for his side. The left-hander scored a match-winning 75 off just 56 deliveries and took the opposition bowling attack to the cleaners. He will be the dangerman as far as the Melbourne side is concerned.
Match Timings: 10:35 AM IST
Tv: Sony Pictures Network
Live Streaming: SonyLiv
Prediction: The prediction is for Hobart Hurricanes to win the match