How to watch Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Stars BBL and match preview
The Melbourne Stars are seeking some consistency as they come up against the struggling Hurricanes in Hobart.
The Melbourne Stars' season has been bookended by losses to the Sydney Sixers, with 2 impressive wins in between. They've conceded nearly 400 runs in the 2 Sixers defeats, but have delivered strong bowling performances in the other matches.
The Hurricanes have produced scores of just 130, 129 and 125 in 3 of their 4 matches, but scored a whopping 213 in the other. As a result, they have just the 1 win to show from their opening stanza this season, with back-to-back losses to Perth coming in the past week.
When is Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Stars?
The game begins at 3:30PM on Friday 24 December at Blundstone Arena in Hobart.
How to watch Hurricanes vs Stars
You can also catch some games on free-to-air television via Channel 7. But like last season, that option has the rights to 16 less BBL games across the season compared to Fox Cricket.
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Who will win Hurricanes vs Stars?
Glenn Maxwell and Matthew Wade could prove to be the biggest factors in this contest. Maxwell made a brilliant century in an ultimately beaten cause against the Sixers in the Stars' most recent hit out. The Hurricanes' only decent batting display this season was launched on the back of a 93 from Wade.
Maxwell has 65 more runs than the next-highest Stars run scorer (Hilton Cartwright), whilst Wade sits in the top 10 scorers for the competition this season.
The bowling depth of Adam Zampa, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Qais Ahmad, Andre Russell and Brody Crouch might prove to be the difference for the Stars. The Hurricanes' batting depth has dropped away significantly after the opening partnership of Wade and D'Arcy Short is broken.
We think the Stars will have enough to claim their third win of the season.
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