After three losses in a row – the last two being demoralising – Brisbane Heat need a win in their penultimate match of the Big Bash League season as they face the top-rankers Melbourne Stars at the MCG.
The return of D’Arcy Short to the Hobart Hurricanes side and the excitement of a fight for Big Bash League playoff spots highlight this clash with Sydney Thunder at Blundstone Arena on Friday.
The biggest names of the competition will be on view as Brisbane Heat look to get things back on track when they host Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League at the Gabba on Thursday.
With the race for top-five proving to be tighter than ever in the Big Bash League, the Adelaide Strikers will hope that lady luck will smile on them when they host the Melbourne Stars at Adelaide Oval on Wednesday.
It will be a basement battle between Melbourne Renegades and Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League when they sides meet at Marvel Stadium on Tuesday.
The Optus Stadium in Perth will play host to the first match of the Big Bash League season between the Perth Scorchers and the Sydney Thunder with the two sides separated by a solitary point and in a battle for a playoff place.
When Sydney Sixers travelled to the MCG they were only two points behind Melbourne Stars, but so much has changed in eight days and they start this fixture at the SCG seven points behind and facing a battle to make the top two.
With the race for the playoffs in the Big Bash League heating up, the Brisbane Heat can’t afford to lose any more and that makes their match against the Melbourne Renegades at the Gabba on Sunday crucial.
The Hobart Hurricanes are clinging on to slender hopes of playoff qualification in the Big Bash League and need a win when they take on the Adelaide Strikers at Aurora Stadium in Launceston on Sunday.
Rain robbed Sydney Sixers of a chance to cut down the Melbourne Stars’ lead at the top of the Big Bash League standings and they now face a derby neighbours Sydney Thunder at the Sydney Showground Stadium on Saturday.
BIG BASH LEAGUE TIPS
The ninth edition of the Big Bash League T20 competition kicked off on December 17.
A total of 56 games will be played in the regular season before a new finals format featuring double chances for teams will result in the BBL09 champions being crowned.
Melbourne Renegades are the defending champions having won the BBL title for first time last year when defeating Melbourne Stars in the final.
BIG BASH LEAGUE LIVE STREAM
Channel 7 will be televising every game in the Big Bash League season.
Live action from the Australian Big Bash League T20 competition this year will be available online – and you can watch and bet on every game online.
BIG BASH LEAGUE TEAMS
The Big Bash League is made up of eight teams – city-based franchises from across the country.
BETTING ON BIG BASH LEAGUE CRICKET
There are various markets available on which you can bet on cricket matches, series and tournaments. Most of the bookmakers will offer opportunities to bet before the start of each of the three Tests of the series apart from offering outright betting on the series itself. To search for all the markets available, visit the website of your favourite bookmaker and head to the Cricket menu. Under cricket, you can hunt for the market of your choice.
Outright Winner Bets
All bookmakers will offer odds on the outright winner of the BBL. You’re betting on who you think will be crowned champions. This will be available through the entire duration of the tournament, till obviously it is decided. So right up to the final, you will be able to bet on the outright winners.
All bookmakers will offer odds on match winners for every match in the Big Bash League. These odds will fluctuate up and down for each of the results – win, loss and draw – during the course of the tournament.
Most bookmakers will offer markets for the top batsman and bowler for both teams. And there will be odds for the top batsman and bowler for the entire tournament as well, for each side.