Big Bash Cricket 2014: Semi-Final Start Time, Live Stream and More

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIFebruary 3, 2014

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 03:  Melbourne Stars Luke Wright and Hobart Hurricanes Ben Dunk pose after taking part in a 'big bash' hitting competition during the Big Bash League Semi Final media opportunity at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on February 3, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. Luke Wright and Ben Dunk are the top two boundary-hitters in the league this season, having hit a combined 64 fours and 25 sixes.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
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The KFC Big Bash League cricket semi-finals will get underway on Tuesday, Feb. 4, when the prohibitive favourite Melbourne Stars battle the Hobart Hurricanes at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Melbourne are going to be difficult to beat, given that they've won all eight previous fixtures and have plenty of talent, headlined by captain Cameron White and prolific batsman Luke Wright.

Wednesday will see the second semi-final at Sydney Cricket Ground between the hosting Sydney Sixers and the Perth Scorchers. Those two are the only other squads in the league with records north of .500, so that figures to be a competitive showdown to determine who will advance to the final on Friday, Feb. 7.

Let's take a closer look at both semi-final matchups and what to expect from each, along with when and where to catch the action in Australia.

Note: Statistics and squad information are courtesy of


DateTime (GMT)/LocalFixtureVenueTV/Live Stream
Tuesday, Feb. 48:45 a.m./7:45 p.m.Melbourne Stars vs. Hobart HurricanesMelbourne Cricket GroundSky Sports 2
Wednesday, Feb. 58:45 a.m./7:45 p.m.Sydney Stars vs. Perth ScorchersSydney Cricket GroundSky Sports 2
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Melbourne Stars vs. Hobart Hurricanes

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 21: Ben Dunk of the Hurricanes dives to make his ground during the Big Bash League match between the Melbourne Stars and the Hobart Hurricanes at Melbourne Cricket Ground on January 21, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo
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If the Hurricanes are meant to have a chance in this clash, they will need yet another big performance from Ben Dunk, who has risen to the occasion and has been on a tear as a batsman.

Dunk was named the Player of the Tournament on Monday, beating out his rival Wright by one vote, according to's Ben Waterworth:

However, the big star needs the help of his team-mates to contribute more to the cause against such a deep and talented squad as Melbourne. Facing a bowler such as Lasith Malinga will prove to be a tall task for Hobart.

But as formidable as Melbourne are, all the pressure is on the Stars to continue their winning ways as the stakes are raised. Playing on their home ground will be beneficial, yet it may also add scrutiny if they can't secure the victory.

Expect the Hurricanes to come out aggressively and try to knock the Stars off their game early. In the end, though, Melbourne will prove too much for Hobart to handle in a close battle that gets the Stars to their first final.


Sydney Sixers vs. Perth Scorchers

If the first encounter between these two sides this season was any indication, Wednesday's semi-final should be an excellent match.

The Sixers and Scorchers were tied at 153 runs apiece in their last meeting, with Perth getting the win at home on account of the one-over eliminator. Yasir Arafat clean bowled Sydney's Smith in the decisive eliminator and helped secure the win, per Alex Malcolm of

Both sides have plenty of bats, so this should be an entertaining, competitive fight to the end.

What will give the Sixers the edge in the end is the vengeance factor of taking care of business on their home turf and overcoming their numerous injuries and absences to get the job done.

Smith will not be in action for the hosts due to Test series obligations, but neither will Arafat for Perth, eliminating the rematch intrigue of their last duel that went Arafat's way.

Spinner Stephen O'Keefe should provide a boost for the Sixers with his prospective return.
Spinner Stephen O'Keefe should provide a boost for the Sixers with his prospective return.Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

It's critical for Sydney to compensate for the losses on the roster, but a source of inspiration could be Stephen O'Keefe, who is attempting a return from a dislocated right shoulder to bolster the Sixers' bowling line-up, per Ben Horne of the Sydney Morning Herald.

Some of the star power from the previous showdown won't be on display, but that only makes way for more players to step up on both sides. In what should be a tight one, Sydney will prevail and meet Melbourne in a final pitting the two squads atop the points table.