Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Stars Dream11 Prediction, BBL Fantasy Cricket Tips, Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Updates For Match 17 of BBL 2023-24

The Bellerive Oval in Hobart is set to witness an electrifying encounter as the Hobart Hurricanes take on the Melbourne Stars in the 17th match of the BBL 2023-24 on Thursday, December 28. With both teams eager to climb the points table, the clash promises high-octane cricket action.

Team Standings

As the teams gear up for this crucial encounter, the Hurricanes find themselves in sixth place after winning one out of three games. On the other hand, the Stars, with just one win in four matches, are placed second-last in the points tally.

Both teams have a storied history, having played 19 matches in the Big Bash League. The Hurricanes have won seven, while the Stars have emerged victorious in 12 encounters. Last season, both teams won one game each, setting the stage for a fierce battle.

Recent Performances

In their recent outing against the Sydney Thunder, the Melbourne Stars won the toss and chose to bat. Beau Webster played a lone hand for the Stars, scoring over 30 runs and significantly contributing to the team’s total of 172 runs by the 20th over. However, a strong start from Cameron Bancroft and Alex Hales helped the Thunder successfully chase down the target of 173 runs.

In contrast, the Hobart Hurricanes faced the Melbourne Renegades in their recent clash. Choosing to bowl after winning the toss, the Hurricanes saw a strong opening partnership of 78 runs between Joe Clarke and Quinton de Kock.

Despite a setback, the Renegades posted a competitive total of 183 runs. The Hurricanes’ response was dominant, thanks to Matthew Wade and Macalister Wright’s commanding partnership of 140 runs for the second wicket. Wade’s brilliant knock of 82 runs ensured the Hurricanes secured victory with six wickets in hand.

Match Information

  • Fixture: Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Stars, 17th Match
  • Date: December 28, 2023 (Thursday)
  • Time: 1:45 PM IST
  • Venue: Bellerive Oval, Hobart

Probable Playing XI

Hobart Hurricanes:
CP Jewell, MS Wade (wk), M Wright, SR Hain, Corey Anderson, Tim David, N Chaudhary, CJ Jordan, Patrick Dooley, Nathan Ellis (C), Riley Meredith

Substitutes: Mitchell Owen, BR McDermott, Iain Carlisle, P Hatzoglou, Billy Stanlake, Sam Heazlett, L Guthrie

Melbourne Stars:
SB Harper (wk), Tom Rogers, BJ Webster, GJ Maxwell (C), MP Stoinis, HWR Cartwright, IM Wasim, J Merlo, Usama Mir, Haris Rauf, JS Paris

Substitutes: Joe Burns, Nick Larkin, Campbell Kellaway, SM Boland, Brody Couch, NM Coulter-Nile, Mark Steketee, LA Dawson, C Rocchiccioli, OP Stone

Injury and Availability News

This will be the last game of the season for Usama Mir and Haris Rauf as they are set to be released by the Stars for national duties after this match.

Pitch Report

The surface at the Bellerive Oval is expected to remain balanced. The average first innings score in the last five matches has been 161 runs. The team winning the toss might opt to bowl.

Player Picks

Captains:

Macalister Wright (HUR | BAT) – 8.5 CT

  • Scored a half-century in his first outing this season.
  • Scored 63 runs off 36 deliveries in partnership with Matthew Wade.

Glenn Maxwell (STA | ALL) – 9 CT

  • Scored 65 runs in three matches at an average of 21.66 and a strike rate of 135.41.
  • Picked up one wicket as well.

Imad Wasim (STA | ALL) – 8.5 CT

  • Scored 14 runs off 10 deliveries in his first BBL appearance this season.
  • Bowled four overs and has a track record of 10 wickets in 11 BBL matches.

Top Picks:

Hilton Cartwright (STA | BAT) – 7.5 CT

  • Leading run-scorer for the Stars this season.
  • Made 126 runs in four matches at an average of 42 and a strike rate of 168.

Marcus Stoinis (STA | BAT) – 9 CT

  • Bowled two overs in the last game and took one wicket.
  • Made 30 runs in four matches this season at a strike rate of 83.33.

Haris Rauf (STA | BOWL) – 9 CT

  • Took three wickets for 38 runs in the last outing.
  • Took all three wickets in the last over of the match.

Budget Picks:

Matthew Wade (HUR | WK) – 8.5 CT

  • Scored 82 runs off 50 deliveries in the last game, earning the Player of the Match award.

Beau Webster (STA | ALL) – 7.5 CT

  • Second-highest run-scorer for the Stars this season.
  • Scored 98 runs in three matches at an average of 32.66 and a strike rate of 119.51.

Chris Jordan (HUR | BOWL) – 9 CT

  • Second-highest run-scorer for the Hurricanes.
  • Scored 75 runs in three matches at an average of 37.50 and a strike rate of 182.92.

Avoid Having These Players in Your Fantasy Team

Tim David (HUR | BAT) – 8 CT

  • Managed just 25 runs in three matches and can be avoided.

Joel Paris (STA | BOWL) – 8.5 CT

  • Picked two wickets in three matches and can be left out of fantasy teams.

Fantasy Team Prediction

Head to Head:

  • Wicket Keeper: Matthew Wade
  • Batter: Hilton Cartwright, Tom Rogers, Macalister Wright
  • All-rounder: Glenn Maxwell, Beau Webster, Corey Anderson, Imad Wasim, Chris Jordan
  • Bowler: Usama Mir, Haris Rauf

Mega League:

  • Wicket Keeper: Matthew Wade, Sam Harper
  • Batter: Hilton Cartwright, Macalister Wright
  • All-rounder: Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Beau Webster, Corey Anderson, Imad Wasim, Chris Jordan
  • Bowler: Haris Rauf

As the cricket enthusiasts gear up for this high-stakes clash, fantasy cricket enthusiasts can strategically build their teams for an engaging contest at the Bellerive Oval. The battle between the Hurricanes and the Stars promises to be a spectacle, offering fans an exciting display of skills and competition in the BBL 2023-24.

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