BBL T20 Betting: Australian Big Bash League
The Big Bash League, or BBL, is arguably one of the most remarkable success stories in the history of Australian sport. Launched at the start of the decade, in 2011, it is now a fixture in the Australian summer and highly sought after by players from around the world. BBL has witnessed growth year after year: in terms of popularity, profile, and the quality of overseas players wanting to join the ‘Bash’.
Big Bash League 2020-21, which will also be its 10th edition, will take place from December 3, 2020, to February 6, 2021.
If you have a hunch on who’s going to win or who’s going to lose, BBL betting is for you. Go ahead and have a punt!
A number of reputed online sportsbooks offer a wide range of odds for Big Bash League betting. Some of them also accept Indian Rupees. This article includes all relevant information for Indian bettors, including the MOST TRUSTED BBL cricket betting websites.
BIG BASH LEAGUE 2020-21 BETTING WEBSITES
Bookmakers offer a variety of match markets, including live betting on ones such as the winner market, the number of the first innings runs, and how many runs will be scored in the first six overs of the game. We’ve listed some of the other most popular match markets just below.
But for those who prefer to look at the bigger picture, there are also plenty of outright markets. That means you can have a go at picking the outright winner, the Big Bash top batsman, Big Bash top bowler, which two teams will make the final or who will qualify for the Playoffs.
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Bet365 offers a full selection of betting options for the Big Bash League series.
BBL BETTING OPTIONS
All things considered, Bet365 offers some of the best Big Bash League betting rates among sites that accept Indian bettors. You can find sports betting odds, all IPL matchups as well as overall statistics for the entire league including the ultimate winner of the tournament. In short, here are some BBL betting odds options you can consider wagering on:
Man Of The Match
Winner of Coin Toss
BIG BASH LEAGUE 2020-21 TEAMS
The BBL features eight city-based franchises. The capital city of each of Australia’s six states/provinces has one team, with Melbourne and Sydney playing an extra team each. As is the case with derbies in any other sport, the Melbourne Derby (Renegades against Stars) and the Sydney Derby (Sixers against Thunder) are among the most heavily attended fixtures during the league. Fan anticipation aside, the derbies—and other face-offs in general—attract a lot of betting aficionados.
The following is a list of BBL franchises, the players and management that comprise each team, along with their preseason odds to win the 2020-21 Big Bash League, from Bet365.
ADELAIDE STRIKERS (+500)
Home ground: Adelaide Oval
Best result: Champion (2017-18)
Captain: Travis Head
Coach: Jason Gillespie
Squad: Danny Briggs (Eng), Wes Agar, Alex Carey, Harry Conway, Travis Head, Spencer Johnson, Rashid Khan (Afg), Michael Neser, Harry Nielsen, Liam O’Connor, Matt Renshaw, Phil Salt (Eng), Liam Scott, Matt Short, Peter Siddle, Cameron Valente, Jake Weatherald, Daniel Worrall, Jon Wells
In: Danny Briggs, Spencer Johnson, Matt Renshaw (Heat), Liam Scott, Daniel Worrall (Stars)
Out: Jake Lehmann, Billy Stanlake (Stars)
Verdict: The Strikers are always one of the toughest teams to beat and their bowling, led by Rashid Khan, looks strong. But with skipper Travis Head away on Test duties, they may just be a little weak with the bat.
Prediction: Playoff place but no better.
BRISBANE HEAT (+700)
Home ground: Brisbane Cricket Ground
Best result: Champion (2012-13)
Captain: Chris Lynn
Coach: Darren Lehmann
Squad: Tom Banton (Eng), Xavier Bartlett, James Bazley, Max Bryant, Joe Burns, Tom Cooper, Lewis Gregory (Eng), Sam Heazlett, Matthew Kuhnemann, Marnus Labuschagne, Ben Laughlin, Dan Lawrence (Eng), Chris Lynn, Simon Milenko, Morne Morkel, Jimmy Peirson, Lachlan Pfeffer, Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Afg), Mark Steketee, Mitch Swepson, Jack Wildermuth, Matthew Willams, Jack Wood
In: Xavier Bartlett, James Bazley, Tom Cooper (Renegades), Lewis Gregory, Dan Lawrence, Simon Milenko (Hurricanes), Morne Morkel (Scorchers), Lachlan Pfeffer, Jack Wildermuth (Renegades), Matthew Willans, Jack Wood
Out: Ben Cutting (Thunder), Josh Lalor (Renegades), Matt Renshaw (Strikers), James Pattinson (Renegades), Jack Prestwidge (Renegades), AB de Villiers
Verdict: They look strong in the spin department and explosive at the top of the order with Tom Banton and Chris Lynn two huge hitters. But with Joe Burns and Marnus Labuschagne on Australia duty their middle-order may struggle, a common problem for the Heat over the years.
Prediction: Could well miss out on the Playoffs.
HOBART HURRICANES (+750)
Home ground: Bellerive Oval and York Park
Best result: Runners-up (2013-14, 2017-18)
Captain: Matthew Wade
Coach: Adam Griffith
Squad: Scott Boland, Tim David, Jake Doran, Nathan Ellis, James Faulkner, Peter Handscomb, Colin Ingram (SA), Will Jacks (Eng), Sandeep Lamichhane (Nep), Dawid Malan (Eng), Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, David Moody, Mitch Owen, Wil Parker, Keemo Paul (WI), D’Arcy Short, Matthew Wade, Nick Winter, Mac Wright
In: Tim David (Scorchers), Peter Handscomb (Stars), Sandeep Lamichhane (Stars), Colin Ingram, Will Jacks, Dawid Malan, Wil Parker, Keemo Paul, Nick Winter
Out: Clive Rose
Verdict: The signing of Number 1 ranked T20 batsman Dawid Malan could be a superb one and when he’s batting with D’Arcy Short and later in the tournament, Matthew Wade, there should be some fireworks. Could be a top-class fast bowler short of going all the way.
Prediction: Should make the Playoffs at the very least.
MELBOURNE RENEGADES (+1300)
Home ground: Docklands Stadium
Best result: Champion (2018-19)
Captain: Aaron Finch
Coach: Michael Klinger
Squad: Noor Ahmad (Afg), Cameron Boyce, Zak Evans, Aaron Finch, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Jon Holland, Josh Lalor, Shaun Marsh, Mohammad Nabi (Afg), James Pattinson, Mitch Perry, Jack Prestwidge, Kane Richardson, Rilee Rossouw (SA), Will Sutherland, Imran Tahir (SA), Imad Wasim (Pak), Beau Webster
In: Noor Ahmad, Josh Lalor (Heat), James Pattinson (Heat), Mitch Perry, Jack Prestwidge (Heat), Rilee Rossouw, Imran Tahir, Imad Wasim
Out: Dan Christian (Sixers), Tom Cooper (Strikers), Jack Wildermuth (Heat)
Verdict: Their batting looks strong with Finch, Marsh, and Rossouw all class acts but they have too many overseas players coming in and out rather than playing the whole season which could disrupt things.
Prediction: Will do well to make the Playoffs.
MELBOURNE STARS (+450)
Home ground: Melbourne Cricket Ground
Best result: Runners-up (2015-16, 2018-19)
Captain: Glenn Maxwell
Coach: David Hussey
Squad: Hilton Cartwright, Jackson Coleman, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Dunk, Andre Fletcher (WI), Seb Gotch, Lewis Hatcher, Clint Hinchliffe, Dilbar Hussain (Pak), Zahir Khan (Afg), Nick Larkin, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Jono Merlo, Lance Morris, Tom O’Connell, Nicholas Pooran (WI), Will Pucovski, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa
In: Andre Fletcher, Lewis Hatcher, Nicholas Pooran, Billy Stanlake (Strikers), Will Pucovski, Zahir Khan (Heat)
Out: Peter Handscomb (Hurricanes), Daniel Worrall (Strikers), Haris Rauf, Sandeep Lamichhane (Hurricanes)
Verdict: They’re always there or thereabouts and will benefit from having Zampa, Maxwell and Stoinis on board for the whole season rather than missing games on Australia duty, which is normally what happens. But with Jonny Bairstow cancelling his contract, they haven’t made the most of their overseas spots. It’s still a strong team, though.
Prediction: Could well fall at the last hurdle- the final- yet again.
PERTH SCORCHERS (+750)
Home ground: Perth Stadium
Best result: Champions (2013-14, 2014-15, 2016-17)
Captain: Mitchell Marsh
Coach: Adam Voges
Squad: Ashton Agar, Fawad Ahmed, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Joe Clarke (Eng), Cameron Gannon, Cameron Green, Aaron Hardie, Josh Inglis, Matthew Kelly, Liam Livingstone (Eng), Mitchell Marsh, Colin Munro (NZ), Joel Paris, Kurtis Patterson, Jhye Richardson, Jason Roy (Eng), Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Sam Whiteman
In: Joe Clarke, Colin Munro, Jason Roy
Out: Morne Morkel (Heat)
Verdict: They look pretty well-balanced with some big-hitters at the top of the order, a couple of excellent all-rounders and some genuinely quick Aussie fast bowlers. Could be the surprise package.
Prediction: Could have a decent chance of making the final.
SYDNEY SIXERS (+550)
Home ground: Sydney Cricket Ground
Best result: Champion (2011-12)
Captain: Moises Henriques
Coach: Greg Shippard
Squad: Sean Abbott, Carlos Brathwaite (WI), Jackson Bird, Dan Christian, Tom Curran (Eng), Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards, Mickey Edwards, Moises Henriques, Jason Holder (WI), Daniel Hughes, Hayden Kerr, Nathan Lyon, Ben Manenti, Lawrence Neil-Smith, Steve O’Keefe, Josh Philippe, Lloyd Pope, Tom Rogers, Jordan Silk, Mitchell Starc, James Vince (Eng)
In: Carlos Brathwaite, Dan Christian (Renegades), Jason Holder, Mitchell Starc
Verdict: The defending champions look once again to have just about the best-balanced side and when bowling Test trio Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, and Mitchell Starc are back, they could be unplayable. Overseas players offer further balance with Tom Curran a potential Player of the Tournament.
Prediction: Could well win it again.
SYDNEY THUNDER (+1000)
Home ground: Sydney Showground Stadium
Best result: Champion (2015-16)
Captain: Callum Ferguson
Coach: Shane Bond
Squad: Sam Billings (Eng), Jonathan Cook, Ben Cutting, Oliver Davies, Brendan Doggett, Callum Ferguson, Matt Gilkes, Chris Green, Alex Hales (Eng), Baxter Holt, Usman Khawaja, Nathan McAndrew, Adam Milne (NZ), Arjun Nair, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Jason Sangha, Tanveer Sangha, Chris Tremain
In: Sam Billings, Ben Cutting (Heat), Baxter Holt, Adam Milne
Out: Liam Bowe, Jay Lenton, Chris Morris, Gurinder Sandhu
Verdict: They look a better side than in previous years and their Top 4 looks strong with the bat. Maybe a tad light on fast bowlers, though.
Prediction: Touch and go whether they make the Playoffs.
|Tournament format:||Double round-robin (home & away), followed by playoffs and then the final|
|Number of teams:||8|
|Defending champion:||Sydney Sixers|
|Most successful franchise:||Perth Scorchers (3)|
|Top run-scorer:||Chris Lynn (2,332)|
|Top wicket-taker:||Ben Laughlin (110)|
BIG BASH LEAGUE 2019-20 RECAP
Here is a quick summary of BBL 2019-20.
- Result: Sydney Sixers (116/5; 12 overs) defeated Melbourne Stars (97/6; 12 overs) by 19 runs
- Player of the BBL 2019-20 final: Josh Philippe of Sydney Sixers
- Top run-scorer: Marcus Stoinis of Melbourne Stars (705 runs from 17 innings)
- Top wicket-taker: Daniel Sams of Sydney Thunder (30 wickets from 17 innings)
HISTORY OF THE BIG BASH LEAGUE
The Big Bash League replaced the erstwhile Twenty20 Big Bash in 2011. After seeing the success of T20 cricket at the international level, and the response to the Indian Premier League (IPL), Cricket Australia replaced the six, state-based team tournament with one involving eight city-based franchises. Fast-food giant KFC has been sponsors since the inaugural Big Bash tournament (2005-06). Ahead of its launch, a design competition was run in an effort to promote the BBL across the country. Australian designers were encouraged to come up with a blueprint for the trophy and the public was allowed to vote.
Needless to say, BBL has been a great success. The fixtures often attract massive crowds and generate millions of dollars in revenue for Cricket Australia through television rights. In addition to the presence of prominent domestic players, BBL attracts top talent from across the globe. Twenty20 cricket’s biggest household names relish the atmosphere of competition.
The exception to the rule are Indian cricketers. Any current Indian international cricketer is not allowed to play for other domestic T20 leagues, such as the BBL. The BCCI (the Board of Control for Cricket in India) feels it might threaten to dilute the quality of their own IPL.
Based on the immense success of the league, there are now plans to bring about a number of changes to reach a wider audience. They include adding new teams that come from lesser-known parts of Australia such as Geelong, Canberra and Newcastle.
BIG BASH LEAGUE ATTENDANCE FIGURES
The BBL now holds the record of being in #9 place on the list of the “most attended sports league in the world” as per recent calculations.
A big contributor to these numbers is the matches played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), home to the Melbourne Stars. Not only does it hold the record for the highest-ever attendance at a Big Bash League match – 80,833 fans when the Stars hosted their rivals the (Melbourne) Renegades on January 1 2016 – but it’s by far the ground with the most people showing up on a regular basis.
Last season, the 46, 418 spectators that watched the Melbourne Derby at the MCG on New Year’s Day was almost 6,000 more than those who watched the actual final, which was played at the Marvel Stadium, home of the Renegades. The final was contested by the Melbourne Renegades and the… Melbourne Stars.
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BIG BASH LEAGUE TOURNAMENT FORMAT
The Australian summer also coincides with international teams touring Down Under to play Test cricket against Australia, which is then normally followed by an ODI and/or T20I series. This makes it difficult for most of the top Australian Test and limited-overs players to regularly feature in BBL games. That said, any player discarded from the Australian national squad (or a non-reserve player who isn’t part of an ongoing international fixture) is normally allowed to play. Furthermore, Australia’s national cricketers are allowed to represent their respective BBL franchise if there is a break between series.
Up until last season, i.e. 2018-19, BBL followed a double round-robin league stage (home & away fixtures) followed by knockouts: two semifinals and a final. That format changes this edition onwards.
BIG BASH LEAGUE FORMAT CHANGE: HELLO PLAYOFFS!
BBL 2019-20 saw the introduction of playoffs.
Unlike the IPL—which sees the four top teams move to the playoff stage—the top five teams at the end of the league stage will get a crack at the BBL trophy. The fourth and fifth-placed teams will play in the Eliminator, with the winner going on to play the third-placed team in the Knockout. Meanwhile, the top two teams meet each other in a high-stakes Qualifier because the winner gets a ticket straight to the final. The loser, however, gets another chance. They face off against the winner of the Knockout game to determine who will be the Challenger for the final.
The Twenty20 format is simple, where each team has to send down a total of 20 overs. Each team can have, at most, 18 players under contract for the season. At least two of those players have to be on a rookie contract, and there can be a maximum of two players from overseas involved in any game. However, each team can have a total of six players on overseas contracts, an increase on the four from previous seasons. Though as stated already, only two can play in a particular game.
Television broadcasters have tended to experiment with new technology each season to make the BBL as interactive as possible with the fans, giving them an in-depth view of what goes on off the field and on the pitch
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is online Big Bash League betting popular in India?
Yes, along with IPL and BPL, BBL online cricket betting is popular with Indian cricket betting fans. Indians and almost everyone in the subcontinent are passionate about cricket. And given its appeal, BBL attracts a lot of bettors. A number of websites offer safe, reliable, and secure wagering on BBL cricket. Indian Rupee (INR) is an accepted currency and some online betting shops also allow credit card payments. Millions of cricket fans in India safely partake in betting during each BBL season.
What are the safest sportsbooks to bet BBL cricket online?
- Bodog India – Bodog welcomes Indian gamblers and it includes a large choice of markets for BBL bettors. Established in 1994, the sportsbook has offered cricket odds for a long time and has earned a positive reputation in its 25 years of operation. Bodog is a safe option for BBL betting online and it offers a good mix of choice, odds, bonuses and value for bettors. Credit card payments are also accepted.
- Betway – For more than 10 years, Betway has been among the best options for those betting on BBL on the internet. Betway is one of the few betting destinations that accepts Indian Rupee (INR) from its customers, which is a big positive for cricket bettors in India. When the tournament comes along, there is a wide choice on Betway, and one can place a BBL online satta on many individual markets and odds, including match result, top batsman, and many more.
- 10Cric – Reviews have been positive for 10Cric. For starters, Indian customers can deposit and withdraw in Indian Rupees. And as with all of our preferred bookmakers, there is a good choice of cricket markets and high odds, so this is a great betting website for BBL gambling and a safe place to play for real money, Credit card payments are accepted as well.
- Bet365 – One of the best websites for BBL live betting, pre-match markets and prop bets, Bet365—which has been around since 2000—declares its betting odds earlier than most bookmakers. The odds offered are some of the best. The shop is considered a safe and trusted destination for BBL bettors.
Is the BBL always organized between December and February?
Unlike the much-vaunted Indian Premier League, there is no window as far as BBL is concerned. The Big Bash League has always taken place between December and January or February. International cricket continues to take place and that is also the time when nations tour Australia for Test and limited-overs cricket.
When does BBL 10 start?
Big Bash League 2020-21 (or BBL 10) will run from December 3, 2020 t0 February 6, 2021.
Is there any option for live BBL betting?
The fast nature of Twenty20 cricket makes live or in-match cricket betting a popular choice for players once the first ball has been bowled. Most sportsbooks, including the shops, recommended above, offer customers live betting options on BBL cricket.
Who were the top batsman and top bowler in BBL 2019-20?
In order to correctly predict the leading run-scorer and wicket-taker in BBL season, cricket bettors must pick which four teams which are most likely to make the playoffs. In the past, most leading run-scorers and wicket-takers have been from teams that have finished in the top four. The only exceptions are Ben Laughlin (2012-13) and Cameron Gannon (2013-14) among bowlers, and Chris Lynn (2015-16) and Ben Dunk (2016-17) among batsmen.
However, Marcus Stoinis scored the highest runs (705 in 17 matches) in the 2019-20 league, while Daniel Sams was the highest wicket-taker at 30 in 17 matches.
Who are exciting overseas players to look out for in 2020-21 BBL season?
There are a lot of English players coming over to play the Bash this year. Top-order batsmen Tom Banton (Heat), Liam Livingstone (Scorchers), Jason Roy (Scorchers), and Alex Hales (Thunder) will all be here. As will Dawid Malan (Hurricanes) currently ranked the Number 1 T20 batsmen in the world.
Other eye-catching signings are West Indies batsman Nicholas Pooran (Stars), Kiwi batter Colin Munro (Scorchers) and Kiwi fast bowler Adam Milne (Scorchers). As per usual, Afghan pair Mohmmad Nabi (Renegades) and Rashid Khan (Strikers) will be playing as well.
Who are the favourites for the 2020-21 Big Bash League?
As has been the case for the past few seasons, the Melbourne Stars and the Sydney Sixers are the pre-tournament favourites. Interestingly, they were the two finalists last year, a game which the Sixers won.
The Sixers are justified co-favourites, now boasting two Big Bash titles. And they always make the Playoffs. The Stars also tend to make the Playoffs as well but unlike the Sixers, have never gone all the way.
BIG BASH LEAGUE FACTS AND RECORDS
- Perth Scorchers: first BBL team to sell out all home matches in a season; they also have the best win % in BBL (57.21).
- Chris Gayle holds the record for the fastest 50 in BBL. Playing for Renegades, he reached the mark in just 12 balls against Strikers in 2016.
- Chris Lynn has smashed a record 146 sixes. He has also scored the most runs in BBL, 2,332 runs in 75 matches.
- Marcus Stoinis has the highest individual score in BBL. He smashed 147 not out off just 79 balls against Sydney Sixers this season.
- Ben Laughlin has the most number of wickets, 110 scalps in 88 matches. Sean Abott comes in second at 99 in 76 matches.
- Not only have the Renegades been bowled out for the lowest total in BBL (57 all out, vs Stars, 2015), they have also conceded the highest total; ironically, just hours after holding the record for the highest total (Hurricanes: 223/8 d. Renegades 222/4 by 2 wickets, 2017).
- Andrew Tye has secured two hat-tricks, the most in BBL history.