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BBL 2019-20: Here Are The Major Records That Were Scripted

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The ninth edition of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2019-20 season came to an end on Saturday, February 8. Sydney Sixers zoomed to glory after overcoming Melbourne Stars in a rain-curtailed encounter at the SCG.

Moises Henriques-led Sixers managed 116/5 in 12 overs, whereas, Stars got to 97/6 and lost the match by 19 runs.

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This was after the match was reduced to 12 overs a side due to rain. Sydney Sixers pocketed their second BBL title across nine seasons.

Their previous title-winning campaign was in the inaugural 2011-12 season. For the Melbourne Stars, this was their second final in a row and third in BBL history. However, they are yet to win the title.

“Much better to get out there, do some physical work, to win your trophy. Another entertaining game. Thanks to fans who came out in this weather,” said Sixers’ skipper Moises Henriques after seeing his side producing a stellar show.
We had some blistering performances throughout the season. Several players stood up and delivered. The season produced some first-time records scripted in the history of the cash-rich tournament. Meanwhile, some established names extended their records by extending their statistics.
The BBL highlighted why the tourney is well respected and sorted in terms of glamour and substance. In this article, we look at the major records scripted in the BBL.

Chris Lynn becomes the highest run-scorer in the history of BBL

Chris Lynn had a decent campaign for the Brisbane Heat after scoring 387 runs in 14 league games. Lynn smashed two fifties at a strike-rate of 148.84.
During the season, Lynn became the highest run-scorer in the history of BBL. The Aussie star has a whopping 2,332 runs at an average of 37.61.
The Mumbai Indians player has one century and 18 fifties to his name. Notably, he became the first player to register 2,000-plus runs in BBL history. Lynn also raced to 146 career BBL sixes. He is the only player with 100-plus sixes in the tournament.
Lynn also equaled the BBL record for the most sixes in an innings (11) during his knock of 94 against the Sixers in a league tie. It was the second time he achieved the milestone.

Meanwhile, Australia’s limited overs skipper Aaron Finch became the second player in the tournament to get past 2,000 career runs. Finch, who plays for Melbourne Renegades, has amassed 2,252 runs. He scored 363 runs in nine matches this campaign.

Marcus Stoinis smashes a fleet of BBL records 

Marcus Stoinis may be out of the Australian cricket team of late, however, the player showed his worth for Melbourne Stars. The dashing all-rounder smashed a commanding 705 runs this season.
His feat came in 17 matches for the Stars at an impressive average of 54.23. Stoinis amassed one hundred and six fifties at a strike-rate of 136.62.
The previous record for most runs in a BBL season was held by D’Arcy Short. He hit 637 runs in the 2018-19 season.

Stoinis also played a superb unbeaten knock of 147 against the Sydney Sixers in a league-stage tie. In the process, the right-handed batsman became the highest individual run-scorer in the history of the T20 league.

Stoinis broke the previous record held by D’Arcy Short, who scored an unbeaten 122 for Hobart Hurricanes against Brisbane Heat in 2018.

Stoinis’ campaign grew stronger with records. Next in the line was his record-breaking stand.
The player got immense support from fellow opening partner Hilton Cartwright in the league tie against the Sixers. The pair posted a mammoth 207 runs, which is now the highest stand for any wicket in the tournament history.

They went past the previous partnership record of Melbourne Stars’ Rob Quinney and Luke Wright (172).

Stoinis is also now the ninth-highest run-scorer in the BBL. He has 1,741 runs at 37.84. Meanwhile, during his knock of 147*, Stoinis smashed 13 fours and eight sixes.
100 runs came in boundaries, which is now a record in the Big Bash League. The previous best tally was notched by Wright, who got 86 runs in boundaries in the year 2012.

Other notable records registered in the BBL 2019-20 season

Sydney Thunder’s Daniel Sams accounted for 30 scalps in the 2019-20 season. The 27-year-old Aussie all-rounder has an astounding average of 15.36.
Notably, the player now holds the record for the most wickets in a single season of the tourney. He broke the previous record held by Kane Richardson (24) in the 2018-19 season.
In the Big Bash League, a total of six hat-tricks have been taken. This season saw a unique record in the form of Rashid Khan and Haris Rauf claiming hat-tricks for their respective sides. For the first time, two hat-tricks were taken in the same season.

Adelaide Strikers’ Rashid Khan claimed his hat-trick in a loss against the Sixers. Meanwhile, Melbourne Stars’ Haris Rauf also snatched his hat-trick against Sydney Thunders.

Melbourne Stars skipper Glenn Maxwell claimed five catches in the 2019-20 BBL season. With this mark, he became the first player to register the most catches in the T20 league (50).
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