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The Big Bash League or the BBL is Australia's premier T20 competition. It was established in 2011 by Cricket Australia. The Big Bash League replaced the previous competition, the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash, and features eight city-based franchises instead of the six state teams which had participated previously. Ever since its inception, fast-food outlet KFC has sponsored it.

BBL matches are played in Australia during the summer in the months of December, January and February.

The Perth Scorchers are the most successful team in the Big Bash league's short history, winning the title three times including consecutively for two years and have reached the final of the tournament in five of the seven seasons so far. The other four teams which have won the title are Adelaide Strikers, Sydney Sixers, Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder. Adelaide Strikers are the defending champions.

Before 2014, the top two teams in the tournament used to qualify for the Champions League Twenty20 tournament. It was an annual international Twenty20 competition played between the top domestic teams from various nations. However, the CLT20 became defunct after the 2014 tournament.

Tournament format:

Barring the inaugural season, the BBL has followed the same format every year. The inaugural season in 2011 saw 28 group stage matches before it was expanded to 32 in the following season.

As of now, eight teams fight it out in the competition. According to the Big Bash League current format, each team plays every other team at least once during a season. However, each team is also assigned a particular "rival" with which they play for the second time in the same season. The assigned 'rival' for a team does not change generally in different seasons. Cross-town teams such as Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars have been assigned as "rivals" to each other. This allows BBL to have 2 Melbourne derbies as well as 2 Sydney derbies within a single season.

Previously, the group stage matches were divided into eight rounds, with four matches played in each round. Each team played eight group stage matches, four at home and four away. At the end of the league phase, the top four teams advanced to the finals. Thus, the total number of matches during the season tallied up to 35, with 32 group stage matches and three knocks out matches.

In the seventh season (2017/18), however, the format changed, thus extending the number of group games to 40. Each team played 10 matches before the semi-finals. The season was held over a similar time-frame thus resulting in more doubleheaders (one game afternoon, one game night) and teams playing more regularly.

The eighth season will be the longest ever BBL season ever, with an expanded 59 game season, with each team playing 14 home and away matches before two semi-finals and the Big Final.

The final of the tournament is played at the home ground of the highest-ranked team. The only exception to this rule was 2014–15 season when the final was played at a neutral venue (Manuka Oval), due to the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

Big Bash League (BBL) teams:

Eight teams fight it out in the Big Bash League (BBL). Previously, six state-based teams had competed in the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash. Each state's capital city features one team, with Sydney and Melbourne featuring two. The team names and colours for all teams were officially announced on 6 April 2011.

As of now, a single city-based franchise can have a maximum of 18 contracted players for a season. Each team should have a minimum of two rookie contracts and a maximum of two overseas players in the squad. Each team can also have a maximum of two overseas replacement players, in case the original overseas players get injured or withdraw due to a particular reason.

 

Team City State Home ground
Adelaide Strikers Adelaide South Australia Adelaide Oval
Brisbane Heat Brisbane Queensland The Gabba
Hobart Hurricanes Hobart Tasmania Blundstone Arena
Melbourne Renegades Melbourne Victoria Marvel Stadium
Melbourne Stars Melbourne Victoria Melbourne Cricket Ground
Perth Scorchers Perth Western Australia Optus Stadium
Sydney Sixers Sydney New South Wales Sydney Cricket Ground
Sydney Thunder Sydney New South Wales Spotless Stadium

 

Tournament results:

So far, five of the eight teams have won the tournament at least once.  The Perth Scorchers are the most successful team in the Big Bash league's history, winning the title three times including back-to-back in 2013–14 and 2014–15. They also hold the record for reaching the final of the tournament the most times, doing so consecutively in the first four seasons. In contrast, only two other teams have reached the final twice. The other four teams which have won the title are the Sydney Sixers in the inaugural season (2011–12), the Brisbane Heat in the second season (2012–13), the Sydney Thunder in 2015–16  and the Adelaide Strikers in 2017-18.

 

Season Winner Runner-up
2011–12 Sydney Sixers Perth Scorchers
2012–13 Brisbane Heat Perth Scorchers
2013–14 Perth Scorchers Hobart Hurricanes
2014–15 Perth Scorchers Sydney Sixers
2015–16 Sydney Thunder Melbourne Stars
2016–17 Perth Scorchers Sydney Sixers
2017–18 Adelaide Strikers Hobart Hurricanes

 

Here is the year-wise performance of each team in BBL:

 

Team 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18
Adelaide Strikers 6th 5th 7th SF (1st) SF (1st) 6th W (2nd)
Brisbane Heat 5th W (4th) 5th 8th 6th SF (2nd) 7th
Hobart Hurricanes SF (2nd) 6th R (4th) 5th 7th 7th R (4th)
Melbourne Renegades 7th SF (1st) 6th 6th 5th 5th SF (3rd)
Melbourne Stars SF (4th) SF (3rd) SF (1st) SF (3rd) R (2nd) SF (4th) 8th
Perth Scorchers R (1st) R (2nd) W (3rd) W (2nd) SF (3rd) W (1st) SF (1st)
Sydney Sixers W (3rd) 7th SF (2nd) R (4th) 8th R (3rd) 5th
Sydney Thunder 8th 8th 8th 7th W (4th) 8th 6th

 

Prize money:

Cricket Australia increased the prize money for the BBL to a total of $890,000 for the four finalists from 2015–16 season, after the Champions League Twenty20 tournament was discontinued with effect from 2015. The prize money will be split between the teams as follows:

$20,000 – To the team finishing fifth in the season
$80,000 – To each losing semi-finalist
$260,000 – To the Runner up
$450,000 – To the Champion of the season

However, the additional cash increase of $600,000 will go to successful clubs and not their players. Till the 2014–15 Big Bash League season, a total prize money of $290,000 was awarded.

Ashton Agar, BBL 2018-19
Ashton Agar (Photo by Stefan Gosatti - CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)
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Big Bash League 2018-19: Ashton Agar Ruled Out of Sydney Sixers Game

Perth Scorchers all-rounder Ashton Agar is ruled out of the next Sydney Sixers game. The Australian all-rounder is ruled out due to an ankle injury for tonight’s match. Agar is in good form in the ongoing season as he has scored 58 runs and has scalped five wickets.

Meanwhile, the two-times champions Perth Scorchers is at the bottom of the points table. Scorchers haven’t ticked the right boxes in this season as they have won only two matches out of the seven they have played in this season. Thus, their chances to qualify for the next stage is bleak.

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Ashton Agar. Credit: Getty Images

Ashton Agar is been replaced by 19-year old Cameron Green. In fact, Cameron Green is yet to make his debut for the Perth Scorchers. However, the prodigy batsman has impressed with his skills while playing for Western Australia. Green made his debut in 2017 in the Sheffield Shield and would like to hit the ground running.

Green had recently scored a fine unbeaten 119 from 145 balls for Subiaco-Floreat in the WACA Premier competition. On the other hand, Ashton Agar should be fit for Friday’s game against table-toppers Hobart Hurricanes.

Ashton Agar, BBL 2018-19
Ashton Agar (Photo by Stefan Gosatti – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

“Ash sustained a moderate grade right ankle lateral ligament injury whilst fielding in the last BBL match against the Melbourne Stars, and did not pass a fitness test last night,” sports medicine manager Nick Jones said.

“He will continue his rehabilitation with the aim of being available for our next BBL match against Hobart.”

Meanwhile, Perth Scorchers opener Michael Klinger stays in the squad despite suffering from the rib injury which was sustained in training this week.

Perth Scorchers will take on Sydney Sixers today at Optus Stadium.

Colin Ingram, India Army caps
Colin Ingram. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz - CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)
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Big Bash League 2018-19: Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars – Review

Big Bash League 2018-19: Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars – Review. It was a one-sided affair in the 27th match of the ongoing Big Bash League 2018-19 as defending champions Adelaide Strikers won by 41 runs against Melbourne Stars. Thus, the reigning champions have occupied the second place in the points table. The visitors, Melbourne Stars won the toss and decided to bowl first.

1st Innings:

Adelaide Strikers didn’t get a good start as Matthew Bird as sent back by Jackson Bird. Furthermore, Jake Weatherald soon followed his opening partner after he scored only 15 runs. However, Adelaide Strikers skipper Travis Head and Colin Ingram added 74 runs for the fourth wicket.

Colin Ingram, BBL 2018-19
Colin Ingram. Photo by Stephen Blackberry/Action Plus via Getty Images)

The southpaw skipper scored 43 runs off just 31 balls and scored three sixes in his innings. Furthermore, Colin Ingram continued his good form going. The left-hander scored a fine knock of 57 runs from only 41 balls, to get the Man of the match award.

Jonathan Wells applied the finishing touches to the innings as he scored 32 off just 14 balls. He scored four fours and one six in his blistering knock. On the other hand, England’s pacer Liam Plunkett scalped four wickets for the Melbourne Stars.

2nd Innings:

Melbourne Stars got an ideal start to their run-chase. Their openers Evan Gulbis and Ben Dunk added 50-runs partnership to start their chase. Evan Gulbis was the aggressor as he scored 37 from 25 balls and smashed five fours and one six.

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Ben Laughlin. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

However, Stars veered off the track as they lost their top four wickets for only 15 runs on the board. The Windies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo tried to keep his side in the game. However, the Stars were always behind the eighth-ball.

Michael Neser, Wes Agar, Liam O Connor bagged two wickets whereas Ben Laughlin scalped three wickets in the game.

Brief Scores: Adelaide Strikers: 178-5 (20 overs), Colin Ingram 57 (41), Liam Plunkett: 4-36.

Melbourne Stars: 137-10, Evan Gulbis: 37 (25), Ben Laughlin: 3-19.

You can check the complete scoreboard of Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars. Scorecard.

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Sam Harper. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
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BBL 2018-19: Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Renegades, 26th Match – Report

Brisbane Heat, who tasted victory in the last couple of games lost a home game to Melbourne Renegades on Thursday in the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL 2018-19). In the 26th match, it was Melbourne, who made a successful tour to Brisbane to outsmart Chris Lynn-led side. The collective bowling effort and Sam Harper once again stars for Melbourne Renegades.

Usman Khan, Cameron Boyce delivers:

Initially, it was Melbourne Renegades, who won the toss and asked Brisbane Heat to bat first. Unlike to them, Brendon McCullum and Max Byrant started things pretty slowly. Both the batsmen played run-a-ball knocks to surprise the fans.

BBL 2018-19, Melbourne Renegades, Brisbane Heat

Max Byrant walked back after scoring 18 to his name while Chris Lynn failed to repeat the show. He also walked back with 14 off 15 balls. However, Brendon McCullum got his second consecutive fifty to push scoreboard slowly.

The middle-order has once again failed to deliver for Brisbane. It was once again Ben Cutting, who scored 20 runs off 10 balls to push Brisbane Heat to a moderate tally of 144 runs on the board.

Usman Khan Shenwari picked up 3 wickets while Cameron Boyce bagged a couple of wickets. Meanwhile, Joe Mennie and Jack Wildermuth chipped in with each wicket apiece.

Sam Harper-Tom Cooper finishes the chase:

In reply, Harvey once again failed to knock runs while Marcus Harris, who just returned from Test cricket scored 28. Both walked back on a quick succession to see scorecard read 39/2.

Perhaps, Brisbane thought it was the time to rattle the defence of Melbourne but Sam Harper and Tom Cooper balanced the ship. The duo went on to add an unbeaten 106-run partnership for the third wicket to bag those two crucial points for the team.

It was Sam Harper, who was named as the man of the match. With the victory, Melbourne Renegades are placed second in the points table while Brisbane Heat is placed last second.

Brief Scores:

Brisbane Heat – 144/8 (Brendon McCullum 50, Usman Khan 3/16, Boyce – 2/17)

Melbourne Renegades – 145/2 (Sam Harper 56*, Cooper 36*, Mujeeb 1/23)

Match Result – Melbourne Renegades won by 8 wickets facing Brisbane Heat

BBL 2018-19, Melbourne Stars, Perth Scorchers
Andrew Tye Picked up 4-wicket haul. (Credits - Twitter)
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BBL 2018/19: Melbourne Stars Vs Perth Scorchers, 25th Match – Report

Finally, Perth Scorchers gets their second win in the tournament (BBL 2018/19). They outsmarted Melbourne Stars in all sections of the game to seal victory in the 25th match. It was Cameron Bancroft, who finally put his hands up for Perth Scorchers to get it done while Ashton Turner once again showed his class.

Ben Dunk Pushes Melbourne Stars to 146:

Initially, it was Perth Scorchers, who won the toss and chose to bowl first. But, they haven’t got the good start, as Ben Dunk and Evan Gulbis batted beautifully to added 65 runs for the first wicket. However, it was the only decent partnership for Melbourne.

The skipper Nic Maddinson walked back for a cheap score while rest of the batsmen walked back for single-digit scores. If not Ben Dunk’s brilliant 62, it would have been worse for Melbourne Stars.

Andrew Tye, who lost his mojo in the recent past has been the wrecker-in-chief for Perth Scorchers. He bagged as many as 4 wickets by giving away 18 runs in his 4-over spell. David Willer and Usman Qadir chipped in with each apiece.

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Cameron Bancroft delivers:

Finally, Cameron Bancroft got into his zone, who stood tall for Perth Scorchers in the tricky chase. He batted brilliantly to stabilise the innings while Ashton Turner carried on his dangerous form with his willow.

BBL 2018-19, Melbourne Stars, Perth Scorchers
Cameron Bancroft scored 59. (Credits – Twitter)

The duo took away the game from Melbourne Stars with their beautiful partnership. Bancroft scored 59 off 42 balls while Ashton Turner scored 43 off 22 balls. Turner remained unbeaten to guide his side to the victory.

For Melbourne, Dwayne Bravo bagged a couple of wickets while Liam Plunkett and Liam Bowe picked up each wicket. Andrew Tye, who picked up a 4-wicket haul bagged the man of the match award.

Brief Scores:

Melbourne Stars – 146/6 (Ben Dunk 62, Gulbis 37, Andrew Tye 4/18)

Perth Scorchers – 147/4 (Bancroft 59, Ashton Turner 43*, Bravo 2/18)

Match Result – Perth Scorchers won by 6 wickets against Melbourne Stars

BBL 2018/19, Brisbane Heat, Sydney Thunder
Credits - Cricket Australia
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BBL 2018/19: Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat, 24th Match – Report

Brisbane Heat got their second win on a trot after losing first three games in the tournament (BBL 2018/19). They have outsmarted Sydney Thunder in their own den, where rain also helped the visitors. It was Brendon McCullum, Chris Lynn and the co, who batted brilliantly for Brisbane to post a massive tally on the board.

Brendon McCullum, Chris Lynn knocks fifties:

Initially, it was Sydney Thunder, who won the toss and opted to bowl first. However, the toss decision has’t been that great as Max Byrant and Brendon McCullum started things in a fine fashion. The duo kept Syndey players chasing the leather more often than not.

Just when things looked bleak for Sydney, Jonathan Cook rattled the defence of Byrant to give the first breakthrough. However, there head ache increased from then, as Chris Lynn showed his class to the hosts.

Lynn and McCullum went berserk in the middle to yeild runs at a great pace. After scoring 56 off 35 balls, Brendon McCullum walked back while attempting a shot against Gurinder Sandhu.

Meanwhile, Chris Lynn also brought up his half-century with the help of 4 fours and 4 sixes. At one stage, their scorecard read 1553 in 15 overs. However, in the span of 3 runs, they lost 4 wickets to pull Sydney back in the game.

Suddenly, the run rate has faillen and all they managed was 186 on the board. Jonathan Cook bagged three wickets while Fawad Ahmed chipped in with a couple of wickets.

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Sydney Thunder scored 34/2 before rain interupts:

In reply, Brisbane Heat got a brilliant start, as they sent back dangerous Jos Buttler and Callum Ferguson in a quick succession. However, they have got their skipper Shane Watson in the crease alongside Joe Root at the end of 5.3 overs.

BBL 2018/19, Brisbane Heat, Sydney Thunder
Credits – Getty

The rain god didn’t allowed the game to progress, which saw Sydney Thunder 15 runs short, as per D/L method. In between, Brendon Doggett and James Pattinson bagged one wicket each.

Brief Scores:

Brisbane Heat – 186/8 (Brendon McCullum 56, Lynn 54, Cook 3/27)

Sydney Thunder – 34/2 (5.3) (Shane Watson 13*, Pattinson 1/6, Doggett 1/18)

Match Result – Brisbane Heat won by 15 runs (DLS Method) Against Sydney Thunder

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Melbourne Renegades won by 6 wickets. (Credits - Twitter)
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BBL 2018/19: Melbourne Renegades Vs Hobart Hurricanes, 23rd Match – Report

Well, Hobart Hurricanes faced their first loss of the Big Bash League this season (BBL 2018/19). It was sixth-ranked Melbourne Renegades in the points table, who thumped Hobart Hurricanes in the 23rd match of the tournament. The collective bowling and batting effort from Melbourne saw George Bailey’s 70* go in vain.

Georgy Bailey, Ben McDermott shines for Hobart:

Initially, it was Melbourne Renegades, who won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first. They have got a brilliant start with three wickets being dismissed for 11 runs. The in-form Mathew Wade, D’Arcy Short and the reliable Alex Doolan walked back for a single-digit score.

However, George Bailey and Ben McDermott played superbly to balance the ship. The duo batted well to put Melbourne bowlers away from success for quite a period in the middle of the innings.

The duo added a 102-run partnership for the fourth wicket before Ben walked back in search of some quick runs in the slog overs. It was followed by Milenko’s 13-run knock. Meanwhile, Bailey scored an unbeaten 70* to help Hobart Hurricanes put 145 on the board.

Aaron Finch, Daniel Christian ends it fine:

In reply, Melbourne Renegades finally got their skipper Aaron Finch back to open the innings. During the course, their in-form opener Harvey failed to replicate his show for Melbourne, who was dismissed for 7 to his name.

However, Harper and Aaron Finch steadied the chase, who put on a 64-run partnership for the second wicket. In particular, Sam Harper has been brilliant. Things always looked pretty easy for Melbourne Renegades, as all the batsmen got starts in their approach.

BBL 2018/19, Hobart Hurricanes, Melbourne Renegades
Sam Harper was brilliant (Credits – Twitter)

Tom Cooper once again failed while Daniel Christian and Mohammad Nabi finished things off in a style. Daniel Christian once again showed his fantastic skills by knocking an unbeaten 25* off 13 balls. Earlier, Aaron Finch scored 42 off 39 balls.

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Brief Scores:

Hobart Hurricanes – 145/5 (George Bailey 70*, Ben McDermott 50, Richardson 3/38)

Melbourne Renegades – 150/4 (Finch 42, Nabi 26*, Clive Rose 1/15)

Melbourne Renegades won by 6 wickets facing Hobart Hurricanes.

BBL 2018/19, Brisbane Heat, Perth Scorchers
Brisbane Heat won by 5 wickets. (Credits - Twitter)
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BBL 2018/19: Perth Scorchers vs Brisbane Heat, 21st Match – Report

Yet another one-sided game took place in the Big Bash League (BBL 2018/19). Brisbane Heat convincingly thrashed the home team Perth Scorchers in the 21st Game of the tournament. It was a collective team effort, which did the trick for Brisbane Heat.

Mujeeb ur Rahman delivers for Brisbane Heat:

Initially, it was Brisbane, who won the toss and chose to bowl first. Accepting the task, Perth got a 56-run opening partnership from Cameron Bancroft and Michael Klinger. But, what comes as good news for Heat was that both openers played with a below-par striker rate.

BBL 2018/19, Brisbane Heat, Perth Scorchers
Credits – Twitter

Both failed to convert their knocks into big scores, which kept the pressure on the middle-order department. However, Ashton Turner once again showed his incredible batting skills to push the side to a decent total.

The flamboyant batsman knocked 47 to put 135 runs on the board, Earlier, Mujeeb picked up a couple of wickets by giving away just 10 runs in his 4-over quota. And also, Ben Cutting picked up a couple.

Chris Lynn, Ben Cutting finishes:

In reply, Brisbane got early jolts as Brendon McCullum and Max Byrant failed to get the decent scores on the board. However, quite unlike him, Chris Lynn played a run-a-ball knock to shoulder his side towards the target.

Though he lost his wicket in the middle of the chase, Ben Cutting gave the much-needed fire boost in the chase to make things happen for Brisbane Heat. In between, Joe Burns and Renshaw also chipped in with decent scores.

Nathan Coulter-Nile was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets while Jhye Richardson and Jason Behrenforff picked up each wicket.

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Brief Scores:

Perth Scorchers – 135/6 (Ashton Turner 47, Mujeeb 2/10)

Brisbane Heat – 139/5 (Chris Lynn 33, Cutting 26*, Coulter-Nile 3/25)

Brisbane Heat won by 5 wickets against Perth Scorchers

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Melbourne Stars won by 8 wickets. (Credits - Twitter)
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BBL 2018/19: Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder, 20th Match – Report

Well, Melbourne Stars are back in the race with a victory against Sydney Thunder in the morning clash at Queensland. Melbourne convincingly thrashed Sydney Thunder in the 20th match of the Big Bash League (BBL 2018/19). It was a collective team effort from Melbourne, which helped them sealing a victory.

Daniel Sams scored 42 off 25 balls:

Initially, it was Sydney Thunder, who won the toss and asked Melbourne to bowl first. However, the toss decision ended in a negative way, as they lost wickets at regular intervals of time and also, never really got going.

Shane Watson and Buttler failed to convert their good starts while Callum Ferguson was a duck out. Joe Root’s run-a-ball knock never really helped the team to get the momentum while Jason Sangha failed to repeat his show.

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Daniel Sams (Credits – Twitter)

Just when things looked pretty bleak, Daniel Sams once again came to the party. He whacked 42 runs off just 25 balls that included 4 sixes. His quick knock helped them to put 135 runs on the board.

Marcus Stoinis and Bolland picked a couple of wickets each while Adam Zampa, Dwayne Bravo and Plunkett picked apiece.

Glenn Maxwell, Larkin adds an unbeaten 80 Partnership:

In reply, Melbourne opened innings with Marcus Stoinis and Ben Dunk. Dunk, once again carried on his poor form while Stoinis batted brilliantly to give the much-needed start in the tricky run-chase.

Ben Dunk was early to leave the crease while Stoinis lost his wicket when scorecard read 57. However, it was Larkin and Glenn Maxwell, who added an 80-run partnership for the third wicket. They both finished with identical scores of 41.

For Sydney, Fawad Ahmed and Sams picked up each wicket. Marcus Stoinis was adjudged man of the match for his performance in both sections of the game.

Brief Scores:

Sydney Thunder – 135/8 (Sams 42, Bolland 2/28, Stoinis 2/29)

Melbourne Stars – 137/2 (Maxwell 41*, Larkin 41*, Fawad 1/26)

Match Result – Melbourne Stars won by 8 wickets against Sydney Thunder.

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Hobart Hurricanes won by 5 wickets against Sydney Sixers in 19th match of BBL 2018/19. (Credits - Twitter)
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BBL 2018-19: 19th Match, Hobart Hurricanes Vs Sydney Sixers – Report

Well, Hobart Hurricanes are continuing their dream run, as they once again emerged out victorious in the Big Bash League (BBL 2018/19). They make it 5 in 5, after securing a comfortable victory against Sydney Sixers in the 19th match of the tournament. D’Arcy Short was the man with the bat while Johan Botha and Co delivered with the ball.

Daniel Hughes knocks 61:

Initially, it was Hobart, who won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first. They got a brilliant start, as Joe Denly and Justin walked back in quick succession when Johan Botha struck twice for Hobart.

Sydney Sixers, Hobart Hurricanes, BBL 2018/19
Credits – Twitter

However, Daniel Hughes stood tall for Sydney, who scored a brilliant 61 to his name. The flamboyant batsman found boundaries more often than not to see run-rate intact. Meanwhile, Moises Henriques also batted well for his 31 but failed to convert it into a big score.

The late blitz saw Sydney post a decent 161-run target on the board. Johan Botha and James Faulkner bagged three wickets while Jofra Archer picked one wicket to his name.

D’Arcy Short does the trick:

In reply, this time, Mathew Wade walked back for a cheap score while trying to dominate the powerplay. However, it was D’Arcy Short, who stood for the home side to knock runs for his side. He batted brilliantly to keep Sydney bowlers at bay.

He was supported by Doolan and George Bailey in the middle, which saw things happening for Hobart Hurricanes. Though the game went to the deep, Bailey and Co knocked it for the home side to make it 5 in 5.

Sean Abbott picked a couple of wickets while Tom Curran, Dwarshuis and O’Keefe picked up one wicket each. D’Arcy Short was adjudged man of the match for his brilliant show.

Brief Scores:

Sydney Sixers – 161/8 (Hughes 61, Johan Botha 3/22, Faulkner 3/36)

Hobart Hurricanes – 162/5 (D’Arcy Short 64, Bailey 30; Abbott 2/29)

Match Result – Hobart Hurricanes won by 5 wickets against Sydney Sixers

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Adelaide Strikers won by 32 runs. (Credits - Twitter)
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BBL 2018/19: 18th Match, Melbourne Renegades VS Adelaide Stars – Report

Yet another one-sided event takes place in the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL 2018/19) Tournament. Adelaide Strikers comfortably knocked down the hosts Melbourne Renegades in the 18th match of the tournament. It was Jack Weatherald’s 71 and the collective bowling effort did the trick for Adelaide Strikers.

Jack Weatherald knocks 71 for Adelaide Strikers:

Well, initially, it was Melbourne Renegades, who won the toss and asked Adelaide Strikers to bat first. Accepting the challenge, Weatherald showed his power-hitting skills to Melbourne. After adding 60 to the first, Alex Carey walked back by handing a catch to Webster.

He was quickly followed by Colin Ingram, who carried his poor form with the willow. During the course, Jack knocked boundaries more often than not to keep run rate intact. However, the run out of Weatherald saw the wrong side of things for the visitors.

None of the middle-order batsmen contributed runs at a great pace for Adelaide before Rashid Khan whacking some quick runs at the end of the innings. All in all, they garnered 158 runs to put on the scoreboard.

Bowlers did the trick for Adelaide:

In reply, Melbourne never looked like chasing the total. They lost wickets at regular intervals of time to make things look bleak for the team. They lost 6 wickets for 51 runs in the chase, which opened the gates for a big dent in the net-run-rate.

Adelaide Strikers, Melbourne Renegades, BBL 2018/19
Rashid Khan (Credits – Twitter)

However, Webster Jack Wildermuth batted together to add 40 runs and saved the team from further embarrassment. In the end, it was Cameron Boyce, who entertained the fans with quick cameo but it was never enough.

In the bowling department, Michael Neser, Connor and Stanlake bagged a couple of wickets each while Laughlin, Rashid Khan and Colin Ingram picked up one wicket apiece.

Brief Scores:

Adelaide Strikers – 158/6 (Jack Weatherald 71, Well 22; Christian 1/7)

Melbourne Renegades – 126/9 (Webster 33, Neser 2/10, Stanlake 2/27)

Match Result – Adelaide Strikers won by 32 runs against Melbourne Renegades

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