Hobart Hurricanes (HBH) vs Melbourne Stars (MLS), 1st Semi-Final BBL 2019 free betting tips & prediction. Get schedule, head to head stats to bet with Betway, Betrally & Bet365.
Hobart Hurricanes finished top of the Big Bash League 2018/19 table with ten wins from their 14 matches - but three of their four defeats came in their last five matches.
Melbourne Stars won their final game to sneak into the fourth semi-final spot, with a record of seven wins from 14 games.
Hobart's form owes much to their opening batsmen, Matthew Wade and D'Arcy Short. Both have hit six half-centuries in 14 innings, with Short scoring 602 runs and Wade 590. The next nearest batsman is the Stars' all-rounder Marcus Stoinis on 476 from 11 innings.
Table-topping Hobart Hurricanes host fourth-placed Melbourne Stars at the Blundstone Arena in the first of this year’s two Big Bash League 2018/19 semi-finals. The match is scheduled for February 14 and the live action begins at 19:40 local time.
HBH vs MLS, BBL 2018-19: Where to watch/Live streaming
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HBH vs MLS Bat Flip Prediction
Hobart Hurricanes prefer to field first upon winning the toss, and have generally been more successful when they have fielded first.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Stars, BBL 2018-19.
Hobart Hurricanes Team News & Playing 11
HBH Team News
Australian test captain Tim Paine did not feature in the final group stage match despite being released by Cricket Australia, and the Hurricanes are therefore likely to opt for the same batting line-up - with Caleb Jewell selected - for the semi-finals. Teenage leg-spinner Qais Ahmad is set to continue, having been flown out to replace Johan Botha, while James Faulkner will return after taking a precautionary two-game rest due to a knee injury. David Moody could be the man to make way.
HBH Key Players
Hobart Hurricanes' success in the league stage of BBL 2018-19 season was built around their opening partnership with D'Arcy Short and Matthew Wade both scoring plenty of runs. Short's high score of 96 not out came in the win against Melbourne Stars at the MCG, while Wade scored well in both matches.
In total, they both hit six half-centuries in their 14 league games, with Short just ahead on the run-scoring list with 602 to Wade's 590. Short has also taken two wickets in each of the last two matches.
George Bailey proved his form last time out, meanwhile, when he scored 53 in the defeat to Sydney Thunder. He now has 326 runs from 11 innings, including three half-centuries.
With the ball, James Faulkner's return is a huge boost. He has taken 18 wickets in 12 matches as well as scoring some useful late-order runs. Jofra Archer has taken 17 in 14 games, including 3-25 in the first win against the Stars in the league stage, while Riley Meredith has 16 in 12 games. Meredith took 4-21 when these two teams last met.
HBH Team Form
Hobart won ten of their 14 matches in the league phase, including both matches against Melbourne Stars, but they did lose three of their final five matches - including their most recent game against Sydney Thunder. On that occasion, George Bailey scored 53 in a total of 165/4 in a game reduced to 19 overs apiece. In reply, Qais Ahmad and D'Arcy Short both took two wickets apiece but the Thunder got home to win by four wickets with four balls to spare.
The Hurricanes also lost to the Sydney Sixers, at the start of their stuttering finale to the league stage. On that occasion, Matthew Wade hit 64 and the Hurricanes 172/4 in total, but they lost by nine wickets in 17.1 overs.
D'Arcy Short (68*) and Caleb Jewell (61*) led them to a nine-wicket win against Brisbane Heat next up, however - chasing 146 to win in just 14.2 overs.Inconsistent has been the key word, however, as they lost to Adelaide Strikers next up - failing to defend a total of 169/7 powered by Wade's 54-ball 88; the Hurricanes lost by seven wickets with 13 balls to spare. In between their last two defeats they did beat Melbourne Renegades, however. On that occasion, Another Wade half-century helped them to 183/6, before wickets for Jofra Archer, Short and Ahmad helped them to a 16-run win.
Hobart Hurricanes Predicted Playing 11
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 Team News & Playing 11
MLS Team News
David Worrall looks to have earned a spot in the Melbourne Stars’ bowling attack, having taken 2-24 last time out. He is likely to get the nod ahead of Tom O’Connell. Sandeep Lamichhane is also in that attack – the Nepalese spinner making a timely return after his Bangladesh Premier League and international commitments.
MLS Key Players
Marcus Stoinis was sorely missed when he went away on international duty but he has returned in superb form. He has scored 70*, 53, 43, 49, 81 and 34 in his six innings since, while in the five matches he bowled in, he claimed ten wickets. He now sits third in the batting charts with 476 runs from his 11 innings, including four half-centuries, while he has 14 wickets in total at an average of 14.07.
Glenn Maxwell, another of the returning international players, has also hit form at the perfect time. He scored 61 from 40 balls against Brisbane Heat and then, last time out, 82 from 43 balls in the win against Sydney Sixers. He also claimed a wicket from his solitary over. His innings moved him ahead of Ben Dunk in the run-scoring charts – he now has 287 runs, whereas Dunk has 276.
Sandeep Lamichhane’s return could be key with the ball, meanwhile, as he claimed 3-11 from 3.4 overs in the win last time out. The Nepalese spinner previously took five wickets in Nepal’s three matches against the UAE, and has 11 in six matches in this year’s BBL. Their leading wicket taker, level with Stoinis, is Dwayne Bravo – the West Indian all-rounder having claimed 14 wickets so far. Neither he nor Stoinis were required to bowl last time out, however, as Adam Zampa also moved into double figures when he took 2-15 from his four overs.
MLS Team Form
When their international players returned after Australia’s ODI series, the Stars won their next three games in a row. Two defeats followed, putting their semi-final hopes in jeopardy, but they won last time out to snatch fourth place.
Marcus Stoinis’ all-round form was key to their three wins – he took 3-19 and scored an unbeaten 70 in a six-wicket win against Melbourne Renegades, and then hit 53 and took 3-20 as they beat Adelaide Strikers by 44 runs next up.
Stoinis also scored 43 and took 4-21 in a five-run win, defending 134/8, against Brisbane Heat and while they Stars lost both following matches, his batting form continued – he scored 49 in a 28-run win defeat to Perth Scorchers and 81 as they lost by ten wickets, in just ten overs, defending 156/8 in the second game against the Heat.
Glenn Maxwell was the batting star last time out, however – he scored 82 from 43 balls in a total of 168/6, before Sandeep Lamichhane’s 3-11 and two wickets each for David Worrall and Adam Zampa helped the Stars bowl Sydney Sixers out for just 74 in 13.4 overs.
Melbourne Stars Predicted Playing 11
Marcus Stoinis, Ben Dunk, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Nic Maddinson, Dwayne Bravo, Seb Gotch, Adam Zampa, Jackson Bird, Sandeep Lamichhane, David Worrall
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
HBH : L W L W L
MLS : W L L W W
HBH vs MLS Head to Head
Hobart Hurricanes won both league matches in this season’s Big Bash League against Melbourne Stars, taking them to four wins in ten previous meetings between the two teams.
In the first, Jofra Archer took 3-25 as the Stars were restricted to 155/5 and, though Sandeep Lamichhane took 3-24 in reply, Matthew Wade’s 37-ball 52 helped the Hurricanes claim a six-wicket win with eight balls remaining.
Wade then hit 41 in the next meeting, but D’Arcy Short was the Hurricanes’ batting star. He hammered an unbeaten 96 from 57 balls in a total of 185/2. Riley Meredith led the bowling when a depleted Stars team replied, claiming 4-21 to help bowl them out for just 126.
Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Stars Betting Odds
After topping the league table, Hobart Hurricanes are 1.80 with Bet365 and 1.70 with Betway to beat Melbourne Stars. The Stars are 2.10 to win.With D’Arcy Short and Matthew Wade in top form, the Hurricanes are 1.73 with Betway to post the highest opening partnership. Top run scorer Short is 3.25 to be the Hurricanes’ top batsman with Bet365, while Wade – who has been in better form in more recent mactehs – can be backed at the same price.
Marcus Stoinis has been the form man for the Stars, meanwhile, he is 3.25 to be their top run scorer but Glenn Maxwell is also back in form and he could be worth backing at 4.50 with Bet365.
James Faulkner will return for the Hurricanes and he is 4.33 with Bet365 to be their top bowler.
Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Stars Prediction
Hobart Hurricanes’ form may have dropped towards the end of the league stage but they will welcome James Faulkner back and, on home soil, can live up to their favourites tag.
Back Hobart Hurricanes to beat Melbourne Stars at 1.80 with Bet365 and 1.70 with Betway.