Online Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction BBL Semi-Final 1- Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Stars
Hobart Hurricanes were the undisputed kings of the league stage as they won 10 out of their 14 matches to storm into the semifinals.
However, their form of late has not been great and they have lost three of their last five matches. On the other hand, Melbourne Stars did not start that well but have since bounced back into form with wins in the later part of the league stage. They managed to jump to the fourth spot after the league stage and hence qualify for the semifinal with seven wins from 14 matches.
The main reason for the success of Hobart Hurricanes has been the consistent performances from their opening combination of Matthew Wade and D'Arcy Short. Both the openers have scored around 600 runs with six half-centuries each and are comfortably sitting at the top of the batting charts.
They also have George Bailey in the middle order who can score useful runs if need be. In the bowling department, James Faulkner would be back after resting for two games. He would get good support from Jofra Archer and Riley Meredith, both of whom have picked in excess of 15 wickets.
Melbourne Stars have a star studded bowling lineup with all-rounders Marcus Stoinis and Dwayne Bravo and leg spinners Sandeep Lamichhane and Adam Zampa. Marcus Stoinis is the mainstay of the batting lineup and has five 40+ scores in his last six innings. The team also has the flamboyance of Glenn Maxwell in the batting lineup who has the ability to turn the match around on its head.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XIs of both teams.
Hobart Hurricanes- Matthew Wade, D’Arcy Short, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, George Bailey, Simon Milenko, Clive Rose, Jofra Archer, Riley Meredith, James Faulkner, Qais Ahmad
Melbourne Stars- Marcus Stoinis, Ben Dunk, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Nic Maddinson, Dwayne Bravo, Seb Gotch, Adam Zampa, Jackson Bird, Sandeep Lamichhane, David Worrall
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – Hobart Hurricanes
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – D'Arcy Short (Hobart Hurricanes), Ben Dunk (Melbourne Stars)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Jofra Archer
(Hobart Hurricanes), Sandeep Lamichhane (Melbourne Stars)
Most Sixes – D'Arcy Short (Hobart Hurricanes), Ben Dunk (Melbourne Stars)
Team Scores Batting First – Hobart Hurricanes 170+, Melbourne Stars 155+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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