BBL 10 knockouts: Contrary to other top T20 leagues around the world, Big Bash League has a provision for five teams in the knockout stage.
The ongoing 10th season of the Big Bash League is into its business end now. After 56 league matches which were played for more than a month, as many as five teams qualified for the knockout phase.
Contrary to other top T20 leagues around the world, Big Bash League has a provision for five teams qualifying for the second round. Given the amount of innovations which are don with respect to the rules in BBL, the same isn’t much of a surprise.
Sydney Sixers (36), Perth Scorchers (32), Sydney Thunder (31), Brisbane Heat (29) and Adelaide Strikers (28) ended up being the top five teams in BBL 2020-21.
BBL 10 knockouts
The first match of BBL 10 knockouts was played today between the fourth and fifth ranked team in Heat and Strikers respectively. Titled as The Eliminator, the match was won by Heat as they chased a 131-run target in the penultimate over with six wickets in hand.
— Adelaide Strikers (@StrikersBBL) January 29, 2021
The Qualifier, between the top two ranked teams in Sixers and Scorchers respectively, will be played tomorrow at the Manuka Oval as the winner will directly qualify for the final match to be played on February 6.
The Knockout, which will witness the third-ranked team in Thunder locking horns against the winner of The Eliminator (Heat), will again be played at the Manuka Oval on Sunday.
The winner of Thunder vs Heat will play the loser of The Qualifier in The Challenger on February 4. There is no point in guessing that this match will be played as a virtual semi-final.
While a five-match knockout fixture is rare to find in T20 leagues, BBL 10 should be able to entertain the fans with its unique round in the next week or so.