In a clash of the strugglers, Hobart Hurricanes and Melbourne Stars will face off in the 17th match of BBL 2023–24 on December 28, 2023, at 1:45 p.m. IST at Bellerive Oval Stadium, Hobart.
Both teams face a dire need for a win, with Hobart Hurricanes securing two points from their initial three matches and sitting in sixth place.
Meanwhile, Melbourne Stars find themselves at the bottom of the table, winless in three matches. Anticipate a fierce battle as both teams strive for redemption in this crucial encounter.
Ellis has taken 14 wickets in the last 10 matches.
The betting tip is...
Nathan Ellis to take 1.5+ wickets
For the Hobart Hurricanes, the start was really difficult, but they won their last match and have picked up some momentum.
They lost the first two games defending, while they won the third one chasing a target of 184 runs. Their captain, Nathan Ellis, is in top form with 14 wickets in the last 10 BBL games, and he has received excellent support from Riley Meredith, who has 13 wickets in the last nine matches.
As far as the batting is concerned, all eyes will be on Matthew Wade, who played a match-winning innings of 82 runs in just 50 balls in the previous game.
The same 11 are expected to take the field that played in the last match.
Predicted Lineup: Matthew Wade (wk), Caleb Jewell, Macalister Wright, Sam Hain, Corey Anderson, Tim David, Nikhil Chaudhary, Chris Jordan, Patrick Dooley, Riley Meredith, and Nathan Ellis (c)
For the Melbourne Stars, it has been a story of poor batting thus far, followed by some poor team selection as well. They lost their opening game while chasing a huge score of 215 runs while losing the other two defending.
Glenn Maxwell, their captain and their most key player, has not arrived yet at the Big Bash League as a top performer, and that has hampered the team a lot.
Their key batter in this fixture against the Hobart Hurricanes would be Hilton Cartwright (276 runs in the last 10 BBL fixtures), and Beau Webster, who took four wickets in the last match, would be the bowler to watch out for.
Nick Larkin is likely to replace Thomas Rogers on the team.
Predicted Lineup: Sam Harper (wk), Nick Larkin, Beau Webster, Glenn Maxwell (c), Marcus Stoinis, Hilton Cartwright, Jonathan Merlo, Liam Dawson, Usama Mir, Mark Steketee, and Haris Rauf
As per our analysis, Hobart Hurricanes hold a commanding position in this upcoming clash. With a recent victory under their belt and the advantage of home conditions, they are poised for success.
Melbourne Stars' struggles in crucial moments have led to significant defeats in all three games, making them the underdogs.
The match is expected to be a battle of the batsmen, given the anticipated batting-friendly pitch. Drawing parallels with their recent encounter, where Hobart Hurricanes secured a two-wicket win, we predict a similar outcome this time. The contest promises thrilling moments and an exciting showdown between these two teams.