BBL 2021-22: 5 Best Spells From League Stage
The Big Bash League never stops to fascinate its fans. It provides fine contests between bat and ball every year. Every year some record breaks and few new ones are made. Usually T20 cricket is inclined towards batsmen and doesn’t have much for bowlers. Too much run scoring doesn’t leave much space for bowlers to thrive. Still, bowlers have managed to put on new skills and have delivered some memorable performances every year.
As the league stage is almost over and knockouts are about to start, let’s have a look at the five best spells of this season of the BBL.
5) Steve O’Keefe (4-0-14-4) against Melbourne Stars
In the first game of the season, Sydney Sixers’ Steve O’Keefe delivered his best bowling figures to start the campaign with a bang. Steve O’Keefe, who was speculated to be playing his last BBL, picked 4 wickets cheaply. Out of these four wickets, he picked up two in the first over of the innings. Steve got Joe Clarke caught at long-off and trapped Nick Larkin before wickets in the first over. He then removed Sam Elliot and Adam Zampa on consecutive deliveries in the ninth over.
While batting first, the Sydney Sixes amassed their best ever score of 213 runs. Faced with an enormous run chase and without Marcus Stoinis, the Melbourne Stars crumbled to their own record low. It is the largest ever defeat in BBL history. Get the latest big bash live score here.
4) Ben Dwarshuis (4-0-26-5) against Melbourne Renegades
In the 43rd game, Ben Dwarshuis’ 5 for 26 helped the Sydney Sixers defend an ordinary total of 150 runs against the Melbourne Renegades. Defending the target of 150 runs, the Sixers’ quicks landed early blows. The Renegades couldn’t gather control and slid from 3 for 65 to be bowled out for 105 runs. Ben Dwarshuis made the best use of Renegades woes. Dwarshuis rocked the middle order by dismissing Will Sutherland and Sam Harper in the same over. He later cleaned up the tail-enders to finish his match figures at 4-0-26-5.
3) Peter Siddle (3.5-0-23-5) against Hobart Hurricanes
Peter Siddle’s fifer helped the Adelaide Strikers break a six-match losing streak in this match. After winning the toss, captain Peter Siddle asked the Hobart Hurricanes to bat first. Peter Siddle struck early and used his full-length mastery to great effect to limit the visitors at 126 runs. Siddle picked up five wickets and registered match figures of 3.5-0-23-5. Out of his 5 wickets, 4 were clean bowled.
Strikers in response achieved the target rather comfortably in 15.1 overs. Despite Siddle’s heroics, Matthew Short was adjudged player of the match for his unbeaten 72 runs. We are provide best BBL cricket prediction and tips. Check it here.
2) Cameron Boyce (4-0-21-5) against Sydney Thunders
In the second last match of league, Cameron Boyce scripted history by picking up a double hat-trick in the BBL. Melbourne Renegades leg-spinner Cameron Boyce shook the Sydney Thunder’s batting order with his exploits. He came in to bowl in the seventh over and dismissed Alex Hales on the last ball of the over. Then in his next over, ninth over of the innings, Boyce got Jason Sangha stumped on the first ball. On the following delivery, he dismissed Alex Ross LBW to complete his hat trick.
He didn’t stop there. On the following delivery, he dismissed Daniel Sams to complete a double hat-trick. He became the first bowler in BBL history to take double hat-trick. In his next over, he dismissed Matthew Gikes and finished with match figures of 4-0-21-5.
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He is the first bowler from the Renegades to take hat-trick. Despite his efforts, the Renegades failed to concede a win and lost by one run.
1) Rashid Khan (4-0-17-6) against Brisbane Heat
The T20 champion bowler from Afghanistan delivered a memorable performance before leaving the tournament midway to join the Afghanistan team for national duties. In the clash between the Adelaide Strikers and Brisbane Heat, Rashid Khan spun web around the Heat batters to pick up 6 wickets for 17 runs. Rashid Khan’s heroics helped the Strikers register a clinical win of 71 runs and also lifted strikers up from the bottom of the table.
Rashid now has the third-best figure in the BBL after Lasith Malinga(6/7) and Ish Sodhi(6/11). He soon signed off from the tournament to join his national team for the series against the Netherlands. Read our full parimatch app review here.