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Match 38, Melbourne, January 15, 2024, 01:45 PM
Hobart Hurricanes beat Melbourne Stars by 7 runs
MLS vs HBH Match Detail:
Match: Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes
Date: January 15, 2023.
Time: 07:15 PM LOCAL.
League: Big Bash League 2023–24
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
MLS vs HBH 38th Match Preview
The air crackles with anticipation as the 38th match of the Big Bash League pits the Melbourne Stars (MLS) against the Hobart Hurricanes (HBH) in a high-stakes showdown at the Bellerive Oval on January 15th, 2024. Both teams, fueled by playoff aspirations, promise a T20 spectacle that could swing the fate of the season.
Last Match Echoes:
The Stars limped into this clash after a narrow defeat to the Perth Scorchers in their previous outing. Their batting failed to ignite, with only Hilton Cartwright’s gritty 52 offering a semblance of resistance. The bowling unit, however, shone, restricting the Scorchers to a modest total, but ultimately fell short in a chase defined by missed opportunities.
The Hurricanes, in contrast, cruised to a comfortable victory against the Sydney Thunder. Ben McDermott hammered a scintillating 78, ably supported by Caleb Jewell’s brisk 42. Their bowlers then choked the life out of the Thunder innings, skittling them out for a meager 110. The win showcased the Hurricanes’ potent mix of power and precision.
The BBL rivalry between the Stars and Hurricanes is steeped in thrilling encounters and unpredictable outcomes. In their 12 head-to-head clashes, the Stars hold a narrow edge with 7 wins to the Hurricanes’ 5. Notably, the last encounter at the Bellerive Oval was a one-sided affair, with the Hurricanes crushing the Stars by 8 wickets. However, the Stars bounced back handsomely in their most recent meeting, registering a dominant 7-wicket victory in Melbourne.
Key Players to Watch:
- Melbourne Stars: Marcus Stoinis, the Stars’ talisman, needs to find his batting rhythm to provide the much-needed impetus. The experience of Glenn Maxwell and the spin wizardry of Nathan Lyon will be crucial for their success.
- Hobart Hurricanes: Ben McDermott has been a revelation this season, and his form at the top of the order will be paramount. The pace attack spearheaded by Riley Meredith and James Faulkner will aim to stifle the Stars’ batting.
MLS vs HBH Pitch Report
The MCG pitch promises an exciting and unpredictable BBL encounter between the MLS and HBH. While batsmen might hold a slight edge, the early swing and potential for late-innings slowdown add intrigue to the contest. Ultimately, the team that reads the conditions better and executes their skills with precision will emerge victorious in this crucial playoff battle.
MLS vs HBH Weather Report
The weather forecast is for scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon so a shower or two cannot be ruled out as the match goes on. The pitch here during this time of the year provides plenty of assistance to batsmen so this might turn out to be a run fest.
MLS vs HBH Team Squads
Melbourne Stars Squad:
Thomas Rogers, Daniel Lawrence, Beau Webster, Glenn Maxwell(c), Marcus Stoinis, Hilton Cartwright, Imad Wasim, Peter Handscomb(w), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Joel Paris, Scott Boland, Nick Larkin, Corey Rocchiccioli, Mark Steketee
Hobart Hurricanes Squad:
Ben McDermott, Matthew Wade(w), Macalister Wright, Caleb Jewell, Nikhil Chaudhary, Tim David, Corey Anderson, Chris Jordan, Patrick Dooley, Nathan Ellis(c), Riley Meredith, Peter Hatzoglou, Mitchell Owen, Billy Stanlake