The long awaited Big Bash finals are here with the top five making it through to the eliminator, knockout and qualifier stages of the tournament.
The Scorchers and Sixers were the clear best teams in the league this season and have earned a double chance in these finals and are clear favourites to emerge the winner. The Thunder, Heat and Renegades have made it, but could all be knocked out in their first game.
We’re breaking down the odds and chances for every team here and looking at who can take out the trophy for BBL 12.
BBL12 TITLE ODDS AND ANALYSIS
BRISBANE HEAT: $19 (via bet365)
This is only the second time the Heat have made finals in the last six years and they have found form at the right end of the season.
Some experienced players have led the way for the Heat this season, with Michael Neser picking up 16 wickets, including multiple four wicket hauls and Matt Renshaw becoming the perfect T20 all rounder.
They are yet to beat the Thunder this year in two previous meetings and will lose their test quality batsmen in their batting line-up if they make it further in the finals, so they will likely struggle to go all the way.
COllie Davies of the Thunder bats during the Big Bash League. Picture: Mike Owen/Getty Images
SYDNEY THUNDER: $17 (via Betr)
The Thunder are an intriguing side with consistent bowlers, but are yet to find any rhythm in their batting.
With David Warner extremely out of form, Ollie Davies has stepped up with three 50s to his name and if he can continue his great run of form combined with the death bowling of Daniel Sams they should beat the Heat this weekend.
The Thunder don’t look to have the quality to go all the way after only just scraping into the finals, but can at least win the eliminator.
Aaron Finch of the Renegades bats during the Men’s Big Bash League. Picture: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images
MELBOURNE RENEGADES: $9 (via Ladbrokes)
Renegades fans are pumped to have their team back in the finals after three years of finishing last following their BBL8 title victory.
Two of the league’s biggest hitters in Aaron Finch and Will Sutherland have been a major reason for the Gades solid form, Finch averaging 42 runs and Sutherland with an insane 160 strike rate.
The Renegades will struggle to win more than one final but do look like a better overall team than the Thunder and Heat, beating them both earlier in the season.
Moises Henriques of the Sixers bats during the Men’s Big Bash League. Picture: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images
SYDNEY SIXERS: $2.62 (via bet365)
The Sixers have the biggest weapon in their arsenal coming into the first week of the finals and that is Steve Smith: he has bludgeoned the most sixes in the competition this season in FOUR GAMES.
Unfortunately for the Sixers he won’t play in the Grand Final if they make it, but he can certainly help the Sixers reach it and have a home Grand Final at the SCG by beating the Scorchers in Perth this weekend.
As for the rest of the squad, Josh Philippe and Kurtis Patterson will need to lift when Smith leaves.
The bowlers led by Sean Abbott are in great form and it would be silly to discount any team that has Moses Henriques and Dan Christian involved, the Sixers can absolutely win the BBL.
Josh Inglis of the Scorchers bats during the Men’s Big Bash League. Picture: Paul Kane/Getty Images
PERTH SCORCHERS: $2.20 (via bet365)
The Scorchers are the benchmark for the competition and have been for many years: this season they’re guaranteed at least two home finals and having won 12 of their last 13 at home, the Scorchers will like their chances to win the BBL once again.
The top four in the batting line up, Cameron Bancroft, John Inglis, Andrew Hardy and Stephen Eskinazi are all in very good touch at the moment and can score runs quickly to get an innings going. Then you throw in Ashton Turner who is one of the best finishers in the competition, you can chase down any score or set a mammoth target.
The bowling ranks, led by Jason Behrendorff, can take wickets in a flash and bring an innings to a screeching halt, which is why the Scorchers are the team to beat in the BBL.
They just need to stop Steve Smith this Saturday.
THE PICK: Perth Scorchers
THE LONGER SHOT: Melbourne Renegades
[all odds as of January 26]
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