The ongoing edition of the BBL has almost reached the finishing stage. There are just 3-4 group stage fixtures left before the qualifying teams would play further fixtures. After the end of the group stage, the deserving teams would play Eliminator, Qualifier, Knockout, Challenger.
After that, two teams would play the final. Perth Scorchers and Sydney Sixers have by far been the two greatest teams in the ongoing edition. Both teams secured 32 points. However, with a better Net Run Rate, Perth Scorchers are topping the points table.
Scorchers won 8 games and lost 4 with an NRR of +0.949. Sixers come next on the table with 8 wins and 5 defeats with an NRR of +0.259. Adelaide Strikers are third in the table with 28 points.
They secured 7 wins and 6 defeats so far and they have a Net Run Rate of +0.170. Sydney Thunder also won 7 games and lost 6 with 27 points (+0.931). Hobart Hurricanes come next on the table with 27 points (7 wins, 6 defeats) with NRR (-0.159).
Luckiest cricketer in BBL
There have been several incidents of cricketers getting dismissed in the most unusual circumstances. Melbourne Renegades captain Aaron Finch found different ways of getting out. He has to be the unluckiest cricketer in BBL.
On the other side of the coin, there is Ben Dwarshuis, who has to be the luckiest cricketer in BBL. During the 52nd match between Hobart Hurricanes and Sydney Sixers, an unbelievable moment took place.
During the fag end of the Sixers’ innings while they were trying hard to chase down the target, Nathan Ellis was given the ball to do the task. Hurricanes bowler tried his best to keep the batsmen in check.
Ellis delivered a sensational delivery to left-handed batsman Ben Dwarshuis. The batsman missed the ball completely and the ball was carried by Matthew Wade behind the stumps.
For a split second, everyone thought the batsman was out after the ball hit one of the bails. The ball managed to make contact with the bail before traveling towards Wade.
While everyone thought the bail would lose balance and fall down, the ball just remained standstill. Meanwhile, Ellis and Wade couldn’t really believe the incident as it clearly defied physics.
Watch the video below:
Hurricanes still remain alive
Sixers tried extremely hard to chase down the target but fell short of just 7 runs. Meanwhile, Hurricanes successfully kept their hopes alive of a top 5 finish. Batting first, Hurricanes posted a mammoth total of 188/8 in 20 overs. Hurricanes captain Matthew Wade top-scored with 86 off 44 balls including 10 fours and 3 sixes.
Wade struck a 145-run opening run stand with D Arcy Short who scored 72 off 52 (7 fours, 3 sixes). Sean Abbott, Ben Dwarshis, and Jake Ball took 2 wickets each. In reply, Sixers scored 181/8. Nathan Ellis was the pick of the bowlers as he took 3 wickets while Sandeep and Riley took 2 wickets. Wade was adjudged the man of the match for his batting performance.