Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Stars
Hobart Hurricanes will take on Melbourne Stars in the KFC BBL semi-final game at the Blundstone Arena on Thursday night. Hobart Hurricanes were on an impressive run of form this season sitting at the top of the table in the league, but the team’s performance faltered after their last match defeat to the Sydney Thunder and also three losses in the last five games. Now, the team will be bolstered by the return of James Faulkner who was injured due to dodgy knee.
Melbourne Stars heads into this contest after a stunning demolition of the Sydney Sixers by 94 runs at the MCG. Glenn Maxwell have been in an exceptional form this game scoring 82 off 43 balls, followed by a outstanding performance from the bowlers that helped Melbourne Stars secure a important 94-run win over Sydney Sixers.
Melbourne Stars are in good form this season but inconsistency constantly holds them back, while Hobart Hurricanes have been the most consistent side this season having won the most number of games in the league. Hurricanes appear to hold a clear edge over their rivals Stars for this game, but considering the past performance of Stars we predict Stars will come out as a winner in the end.
Melbourne Stars to win @ 2.10 @ Pinnacle Sports
Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Sixers
Melbourne Renegades will face the Sydney Sixers in the KFC BBL semi-final game at the Marvel Stadium on Friday night. The Melbourne Renegades lost their final game of the season against Hurricanes by 16 runs in an entertaining encounter last time out, but somehow managed to win the second spot in the league table. The club are in good shape for the last few weeks having won three consecutive games before a loss in an important game against the Hurricanes.
Sydney Sixers are in excellent form for the last few weeks winning four straight games in the league but their good performance came to an end with a crushing 94 run defeat by Sydney Thunders. Sixers sits third in the league table with 16 points having won 8 games and lost 6. Meanwhile, the team will miss Tom Curran in semi-final clash against the Melbourne Renegades on Thursday, having been left the side to fly to Caribbeans for England’s upcoming ODI series against the Windies.
Sydney Sixers are undoubtedly a dangerous side on their day, but the team appears weak for the excellent-form Renegades here. We predict Melbourne Renegades will register a victory here.
Melbourne Renegades to win @ 1.79 at Pinnacle Sports