The 16th match of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2019-20 will be played between Hobart Hurricanes and Melbourne Stars at the Aurora Stadium in Launceston.
The match starts at 01:40 PM IST (08:10 AM GMT) (07:10 PM Local). This match can be watched live on Sony Ten 3 and Sony Ten 3 HD. Live streaming will be available on Sony LIV. (The live telecast can be shifted to Sony Six and Sony Six HD if the England vs South Africa Test match ends on Sunday)
Preview for Dream11 Fantasy
A place in the top two is up for grabs for the winner of the match 16 in the ongoing BBL season. Both Hobart Hurricanes and Melbourne Stars have won two matches apiece so far out of three. This is also a return fixture between the two sides. The Stars, led by Glenn Maxwell, had won the previous face-off comfortably by 52 runs. Marcus Stoinis was the best performer for them with the bat while Haris Rauf starred with the ball.
The Hurricanes, however, brought their campaign back on track defeating the defending champions, Melbourne Renegades in the previous game. The Stars, on the other hand, fell agonisingly short of the target against the Adelaide Strikers. It is expected to be a close game with the Launceston set to host its first game of the season.
While the day is likely to begin with the sun smiling in Launceston, there is rain in the forecast during the match. It will be cloudy from 7 PM before the heavens might open up around 10 PM. At the start, there is around 43% chance of rain, it increases to 55% after 9 PM. DLS will come into play in that case and the teams will have to plan accordingly. The temperature will hover around 24-28 Degrees Celsius during the match.
Two matches were played at the venue last season and it produced two contrasting contests. The first one was a low-scoring affair while 170 was chased down comfortably in the other. It is tough to predict the behaviour of the surface for this game. The team winning the toss is expected to bowl with DLS also likely to come into play later with rain in the forecast.
Average first innings score: 138 (2 matches in BBL 2018-19)
Record of the chasing teams: Won – 2; Lost – 0
Injury and Availability News:
Scott Boland has joined the Hobart Hurricanes squad. He replaces fellow quick Tom Rogers in the side.
The Melbourne Stars have named an unchanged squad for this encounter.
Probable Playing XIs for Dream11 Fantasy
D’Arcy Short, Simon Milenko, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott (C & WK), David Miller, George Bailey, James Faulkner, Nathan Ellis, Clive Rose/Scott Boland, Qais Ahmad, Riley Meredith.
Bench – Scott Boland/Clive Rose, Macalister Wright
Nic Maddinson, Marcus Stoinis, Hilton Cartwright, Peter Handscomb (WK), Glenn Maxwell (C), Ben Dunk, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Daniel Worrall, Dale Steyn, Sandeep Lamichhane.
Bench – Nick Larkin, Clint Hinchliffe
Marcus Stoinis scored an unbeaten 81 against the Hurricanes in the previous face-off and he could be vital again. Maxwell looks in the best possible space at the moment after returning from a break. Though he bats at five, the Stars skipper is capable of scoring a quickfire fifty with the bat. With the ball, Steyn and Zampa will be crucial for the Stars.
D’Arcy Short, the all-rounder, is always a luxury to have in your Dream11 Fantasy team. Simon Milenko opened the innings in the last outing and he could prove to be effective if the Hurricanes continue with the experiment. Bailey and Faulkner are two of the consistent performers for the team.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – D’Arcy Short, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis
Vice-Captain – James Faulkner, Simon Milenko, Peter Handscomb
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Ben McDermott
Batsmen – Caleb Jewell, Nic Maddinson, Hilton Cartwright
All-Rounders – D’Arcy Short (C), James Faulkner, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis (VC)
Bowlers – Riley Meredith, Adam Zampa, Daniel Worrall
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Peter Handscomb
Batsmen- David Miller, George Bailey, Hilton Cartwright
All-Rounders – D’Arcy Short, Simon Milenko (VC), Glenn Maxwell (C), James Faulkner
Bowlers – Dale Steyn, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa
Simon Milenko as VC is worthy risk to take in Grand Leagues if he opens the innings again for the Hurricanes. If he bowls, the advantage literally doubles up as well. However, to pick him in the Dream11 Fantasy team, you will have to leave out one of the top all-rounders.
Melbourne Stars are expected to win the match.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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