In the fourth game of the Big Bash League 2022-23, the Melbourne Stars will look to build on their last-game upset against the Hobart Hurricanes. The Stars come into this game with a loss against Sydney Thunder in their opening game. The Hurricanes would like to get off to a good start in this game.
The two teams have had a close rivalry in the last two seasons, with each winning two games out of four. The Stars will be concerned about the form of their batsmen, who failed to score in the previous game. It’s early in the tournament, and the Stars will look to make a comeback at home.
The 4th Match between Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes will take place on December 16th, 2022 at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne.
Match Details to Note
Match: Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes, 4th Match, Big Bash League 2022-23
Date: December 16, 2022 (Friday)
Time: 11:35 AM IST
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Adam Zampa’s side had a poor start to the tournament, losing by one wicket to the Sydney Thunder in the previous game. Despite the bowlers’ valiant efforts to defend the total, 122 runs on the board were never enough. Zampa would like his players to put this game behind them and deliver a better performance against the Hurricanes.
At the top, Tom Rogers and Joe Clarke did not score runs, and the team needs a better performance from the openers in this game. Nick Larkin and Joe Burns batted first in the previous game, and they must perform well in the middle order with Marcus Stoinis. The team has batting depth, and runs from Hilton Cartwright, Beau Webster, and Luke Wood can put the team in a good position.
Their bowlers looked in good form in the previous game, and Trent Boult and Luke Wood should provide a good burst with the new ball. After their strong performances in the previous game, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Beau Webster, and Zampa would be confident. They must maintain their current form because the Hurricanes have a strong batting lineup.
Trent Boult, Joe Burns, Hilton Cartwright, Joe Clarke, Brody Couch, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Liam Hatcher, Clint Hinchliffe, Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell (c), Marcus Stoinis, Beau Webster, Luke Wood, Adam Zampa, Campbell Kellaway, Tom O’Connell, Sam Elliott, Cam McClure
Possible Playing XI:
Adam Zampa (c), Tom Rogers, Joe Clarke (wk), Joe Burns, Nick Larkin, Marcus Stoinis, Hilton Cartwright, Beau Webster, Luke Wood, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Trent Boult
The Hurricanes have had four disappointing seasons in a row, and Matthew Wade is hoping for a better start against the Stars on the road. This season, they have several new players, and the Hurricanes’ coach wants to see them gel. A win here would boost the team’s confidence for the remainder of the season.
In the previous edition, Ben McDermott and Caleb Jewell did well at the top, and they must put runs on the board in this game. The team’s middle order is strong, and they would like to see runs from Wade, D’Arcy Short, and Tim David. In the lower middle order, James Neesham and Faheem Ashraf will look to score runs.
Riley Meredith was the team’s star bowler last season and would like to make an early impression, sharing the new ball with Joe Paris. Nathan Ellis and Faheem Ashraf bring a wealth of experience to this bowling attack, and the team will rely on them for quality spells. Neesham, Short, and Will Parker lead a powerful attack.
Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Caleb Jewell, Shadab Khan, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Mitch Owen, Joel Paris, Wil Parker, D’Arcy Short, Matthew Wade, Billy Stanlake, Paddy Dooley, Chris Tremain, Mac Wright, Zak Crawley (overseas replacement for Shadab Khan), Jimmy Neesham (overseas replacement)
Possible Playing XI:
Matthew Wade (c), Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott (wk), D’Arcy Short, Tim David, Riley Meredith, Nathan Ellis, Joel Paris, Will Parker, James Neesham, Faheem Ashraf
Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes Head to Head
Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes Head to Head Stats in BBL
Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes Toss Prediction
We recently witnessed excellent batting surfaces in Melbourne, where most teams won games by batting second. In this format, the team chasing the score always has an advantage, and we expect the team that wins the toss to bowl first.
Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes Pitch Report
The Melbourne Cricket Ground’s batting surface is excellent because the ball comes onto the bat nicely, allowing batsmen to score runs quickly. Fast bowlers do well with the new ball, and spinners have also done well here because the size of the ground allows them to experiment.
On December 15, there would be unusual clouds over Melbourne. Batting would be difficult in the early overs of the game, with batsmen having to play to the merit of the ball. Under these conditions, any team batting first would be pleased with a score of 160 runs.
Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes Prediction
The Melbourne Stars will be under pressure in this game because they have struggled with the bat. In this game, their batsmen will need to score runs and give bowlers a chance. The Hobart Hurricanes have a strong batting lineup and good ball hitters. It will help them become favourites in this game. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!
Hobart Hurricanes is the favourite to beat Melbourne Stars at the odds of 1.62.
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Last time around, Ben McDermott opened the innings with a bang. He is a run machine who would make an excellent captain in a small league.