Big Bash League, 2018 | Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Stars, 1st Semi-Final | HBH vs MLS Who Will Win
After some intriguing battles, the tournament has finally reached its eventual knockout stages where the four teams who have made it big are Hobart Hurricanes, Melbourne Stars, Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Renegades. The first semi-final will be played between Hobart Hurricanes and Melbourne Stars at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart which is the home ground for the Hobart Hurricanes.
Hobart Hurricanes were the table-toppers in the league stages, while Stars made it to the fourth position after handsomely winning their last match against Sydney Sixers by 94 runs. The win ensured them a semi-final spot where they set a date with the table toppers.
Both these teams have had two face-offs this season, their first battle took place on December 24 at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart where the hosts Hobart Hurricanes registered a comfortable 6 wickets win.
The second meeting between these two sides took place at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne and the result this time was same again as the Hurricanes registered a 59 runs victory courtesy D’Arcy Short’s masterclass knock of 96 runs from 57 deliveries.
With a lot at stake for both these sides, this surely is going to be an epic clash.
Venue:- Bellerive Oval, Hobart
Match Timing:- Thursday, February 14, 2018, 02:00 PM IST
Here’s how both teams’ might line-up:-
George Bailey, Matthew Wade, Clive Rose, Ben McDermott, Simon Milenko, Jofra Archer, Riley Meredith, James Faulkner, D Arcy Short, Qais Ahmad, Caleb Jewell.
Glenn Maxwell, Seb Gotch, Sandeep Lamichhane, Ben Dunk, Peter Handscomb, Jackson Bird, Adam Zampa, Dwayne Bravo, Nic Maddinson/Nick Larkin, Daniel Worrall, Marcus Stoinis.
Safest players to bet on:
Both teams are possessed with some natural entertainers in the shortest format of the game. The likes of D’ Arcy Short and Matthew Wade who have piled up runs at will and are the top two run-getters of the tournament are the safest bets here.
George Bailey, Ben McDermott, Ben Dunk, Simon Milenko and Jofra Archer are the others who are safe to bet on.
The potential game changers:
Despite a bad day in the office last time around, Sandeep Lamichhane is till a big threat for any opposition batting line-up. The current form of Marcus Stoinis with both bat and ball makes him an X-Factor for sure. Glenn Maxwell who was the batting mainstay in the last game for Stars will be a crucial pick. James Faulkner is also capable with both bat and ball.
Among others, Qais Ahmed, Adam Zampa, Riley Meredith, Dwayne Bravo will be the potential game changers.
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