Melbourne Stars look to get past the loss
It is the game 3 of the Big Bash League and if the first two matches were any indications the squads and big names does not matter as both of the games were won by the non-favourite teams.
Melbourne Stars will again be in action and after the shock defeat in their first game, as they lost by eight wickets and gave away 149 runs under 13 overs. Last defeat will affect Stars’ net run rate drastically which can be crucial if they are tied in points with other team to end up in the top four.
Anyways, that seems a bit far for the time being. Game 3 in the Big Bash League is between Melbourne Stars and Hobart Hurricanes, who will play their first game of the season.
Melbourne Stars :
They were startled by the performance or rather the manner in which Adelaide Strikers came at them winning the game while chasing 149 in just under 13 overs. However they would like to forget their first game and may be try to into the groove of the tournament otherwise after losing two or three games the teams could end up playing catch up game.
For Melbourne Stars, Pieterson, who played after five months, scored a well made 66 off 46 balls hitting four balls over the rope. He was well supported by Wright (45 off 37) but after that partnership there was no substantial contribution by any batsman.
Boasted by a star studded batting line-up, the Stars, failed to capitalize on the good partnership between Pieterson and Wright as David Hussey, Glenn Maxwell and James Faulkner went cheaply.
However, they are not expected to change the line up after one defeat. Here is the expected XI for the game tomorrow. The thirteen man squad announced for the game is :
Melbourne Stars squad :
White (c), Beer, Bird, Boland, Faulkner, Hastings, D. Hussey, Keath, Maxwell, Pietersen, Triffitt, Worrall, Wright.
Hobart Hurricanes :
They were the finalist in the last season but lost it by 39 runs. They have had a pretty good three Big Bash League as they have ended up in top four in two out of three seasons.
In the inaugural season they finished second in the points table winning five of their seven games. While second season was a dampener for them as they finished fifth winning four out of eight games played. Third season too they were on the edge as they won just three of the eight games played but got into the semis as one game was washed out thus they got into the semis.
Taking a look at the squad they have this year.
Hobart Hurricanes Squad
George Bailey(c), Tim Paine, Travis Birt, Cameron Boyce, Xavier Doherty, Ben Dunk, Evan Gublis, Alex Hales, Ben Hilfenhaus, Joe Mennine, Darren Sammy, Van Der Gugten, Jon Wells.
As we can see here the basic core of the team is same for them over the three seasons. If we talk about the new recruits, it is the T20 opener for England Alex Hales and West Indies all rounder Darren Sammy. The team looks filled with batting stars like their opposing team.
Travis Birt, George Bailey, Evan Gublis and Tim Paine have always been key batsman for the Hurricanes since the beginning. With Hales and Sammy in the side they can provide more balance to the batting line up.
Past record :
These two sides have played each other four times and Melbourne Stars won it three times but Hurricanes won when it mattered the most as they gave Stars a drubbing in the last year’s semi final.
The Pitch :
The game is to be played at Melbourne Cricket ground which has bouncy pitch. If we take a look at the last five matches played here in the big bash league have ended in the score of 208-90-131-161-141. Two of these matches were won by the side batting first while three were won by the teams batting second. The Melbourne Stars did not lose a single game at this venue last season.
The Odds :
Melbourne Stars is 1.71 to win the game and given the batsman Hobart possess, the game will be a bit more closer than the odds suggest.
In this match we recommend not to bet on any particular team win but take the price whoever is less and back to lay that team. It seems the match will be topsy turvy one and the odds are expected to swivel.