Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Stars Big Bash Betting 2012 at the Blundstone Arena at 7.00pm Monday 9 January
Game 1 – defeated Perth Scorchers by 31 runs at WACA (18/12)
Game 2 – defeated Sydney Sixers by 42 runs at Blundstone Arena (21/12)
Game 3 – defeated Adelaide Strikers by 14 runs at Adelaide Oval (28/12)
Game 4 – defeated Sydney Thunder by five wickets (with eight balls remaining) at Blundstone Arena (1/1)
Game 5 – lost to Brisbane Heat by three runs at ‘Gabba (6/1)
v Melbourne Stars at Blundstone Arena (9/1)
v Melbourne Renegades at Blundstone Arena (18/1)
Game 1 – lost to Sydney Thunder by six wickets (with six balls remaining) at MCG (17/12)
Game 2 – defeated Brisbane Heat by eight runs at ‘Gabba (20/12)
Game 3 – lost to Sydney Sixers by two runs at SCG (27/12)
Game 4 – lost to Perth Scorchers by eight runs at MCG (4/1)
Game 5 – defeated Melbourne Renegades by 11 runs (under D/L method) at MCG (7/1)
v Hobart Hurricanes at Blundstone Arena (9/1)
v Adelaide Strikers at MCG (19/1)
Rana Naved and Tasmania have developed a special relationship over the past couple of years. The 33-year-old played two seasons with the Tasmanian Tigers and was a huge hit with his teammates and fans. And the Imran Khan look-a-like has returned to the Apple Isle once again to play with the Hurricanes in the inaugural season of the Big Bash League – and has been a massive hit. Rana has shown why he is the perfect T20 pace bowler, taking 11 wickets – the most in the competition – from his four games. He has mixed his pace up, swung the ball both ways and has shown great discipline and accuracy when bowling at the death of an innings. With the long hair and big smile, Rana is sure to be a favourite in front of his home crowd against the Stars
You could probably call David Hussey the perfect T20 player. He is an outstanding batsman, who has scored the most domestic T20 runs of all time. But the 34-year-old is just as effective with the ball and in the field, taking 47 wickets and 90 catches in domestic T20 cricket. Hussey’s flexibility across all disciplines makes him a big asset for the Stars and one of the most valuable recruits across the league. He is also incredibly consistent and reliable, so you will always know what you’re going to get with him. Hussey has scored 143 runs so far in the competition, the sixth-most of any batsman. After a mini failure against the Scorchers, the ‘star’ Star will be keen to make amends.
1. Phil Jaques
2. Jonathon Wells
3. Travis Birt
4. Owais Shah
5. Tom Triffit (WK)
6. Rhett Lockyear
7. Matt Johnston
8. Jason Krejza
9. Rana Naveed
10. Xavier Doherty (C)
11. Ben Laughlin
1. Rob Quiney
2. Matthew Wade (WK)
3. George Bailey
4. David Hussey
5. Cameron White (C)
6. Adam Voges
7. Luke Wright
8. James Faulkner
9. Clint McKay
10. Shane Warne
11. Jackson Bird
Before the start of the Big Bash League, the general thought was the Hurricanes would finish towards the bottom of the table and the Stars could win the whole tournament. Must have been opposite day when those calls were made, because it has been a complete contrast across the firs four rounds of the tournament.
Hobart looked invincible, almost unbeatable – until it faced winless Brisbane. The Hurricanes travelled up to the Gabba as the warmest favorites of the tournament to date, but left the most embarrassed of the tournament to date, going down by three runs in a thrilling match.
The boys in purple conceded 3-201 with the ball, but fought back to almost chase down the target, mainly thanks to a brilliant partnership between Travis Birt (74 runs) and Owais Shah (69). In the end, the total was too much as the Hurricanes fell three runs short.
Melbourne had a bit more luck though, defeating cross-town rivals the Renegades in a rain-interrupted contest. Once again it was David Hussey who led the way for the Stars, crafting 511 runs off 42 balls with four fours and one six. But perhaps the most encouraging sign for the Stars was the performance of young fast bowler Jackson Bird, who took 1-17 off his three overs.
However the Hurricanes have been in scintillating form – particularly at home – this season and will be keen to get revenge for their last performance against Brisbane. With the Stars looking like they are not enjoying themselves, expect the home team to bounce back with a vengeance.
Hobart Hurricanes to win ($1.80 – Centrebet)
Matthew Wade Stars High Bat ($6.00 – Sportsbet)