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Stars favourite to open account against the Hurricanes

Sat, Dec 24, 11:14am by Head Editor

Preview: Big Bash League: Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Stars

Date and Time: Monday December 26, 7:40pm AEDT

Venue: Bellerive Oval, Hobart

TV: Live on Channel Ten

The sixth match of the BBL sees the Hurricanes take on the Stars in the Big Bash League at the Bellerive Oval on Boxing Day night with the hosts looking to make it two wins from as many games.

After winning only three games for the whole of the last season, the bookies have installed the Hurricanes as a $2.30 outsider. The Stars are a $1.61 favourite with Sportsbet.

The hosts finished a disappointing second bottom in last year’s competition. However, they opened their campaign with an impressive 60-run victory over the Sydney Sixers on Friday and will head into this contest full of confidence.

Skipper Tim Paine led from the front in Friday’s won, top scoring with 63 off just 45 balls as the Hurricanes posted an impressive 6/200 from their 20 overs. Shaun Tait then took three wickets to ensure a comfortable victory. Import Stuart Broad had a night to forget, taking 0/35 off three overs.

The Stars were runners-up in last year’s competition after finishing second in the league. They will be missing Peter Handscomb who is starring for Australia against Pakistan, joining him in the list of outs is star overseas player Kevin Pietersen who is also set to miss this one.

I’m backing the Hurricanes to continue their good form here against an understrength Melbourne outfit.

Suggested Bet: Hurricanes to win: $2.30

Sportsbet Full Market:

Head to Head

Hurricanes $2.30

Stars $1.61

Man of the Match

Glenn Maxwell $7.00

Luke Wright $8.00

Marcus Stoinis $10.00

Kumar Sangakkara $10.00

Tim Paine $10.00

James Faulkner $13.00

D’Arcy Short $13.00

Rob Quiney $13.00

Adam Zampa $13.00

George Bailey $15.00

Shaun Tait $18.00

Sam Harper $18.00

Cameron Boyce $18.00

Scott Boland $18.00

Dan Christian $21.00

Stuart Broad $21.00

Ben Hilfenhaus $21.00

Tom Triffitt $21.00

David Hussey $21.00

Michael Beer $26.00

Hamish Kingston $26.00

Daniel Worrall $26.00

Evan Gulbis $26.00

Clive Rose $26.00

Dominic Michael $26.00

Beau Webster $34.00

Jon Wells $34.00

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