Super Overs: When the Big Bash has required extra time
In eight seasons there have been just three Super Overs in the KFC Big Bash. Recap each of the tiebreakers - all of which have featured the Sydney Sixers.
24 September 2019, 04:59 PM AEST
Rule changes to the KFC Big Bash League finals mean multiple Super Overs will be played until a result is achieved this season.
The move presents the attractive proposition of unlimited must-win cricket in the final stages of important games.
But just how often will it be used? The answer, if looking back at years gone by, is next to never. In eight seasons, there have been just three Big Bash games settled by a Super Over.
But if the World Cup final is anything to go by, forever expect the unexpected. There could be more of the below coming our way when the new season kicks off at the Gabba on December 17.
BBL|03: Perth Scorchers defeat Sydney Sixers at the SCG
Yasir Arafat was always going to be tough to handle, but a young Steve Smith did the Sixers no favours as he was clean bowled trying to scoop the first ball.
Nic Maddinson added a single, before Moises Henriques was also dismissed for a duck, ending the Sixers’ innings on a grand total of one.
Brett Lee had the job of defending the measly total, with Michael Klinger successfully finding victory for the visitors.
Unlimited Super Overs will be the new norm if there's a tied final in #BBL09. The new rule wouldn't have been needed in BBL|03 after this one-sided affair between the @sixersBBL and @scorchersBBL (feat. some very uncharacteristic Steve Smith decision-making!) pic.twitter.com/fd9dxnmBTM— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) September 24, 2019
BBL|04: Melbourne Stars defeat Sydney Sixers at the MCG
Already known as ‘The Finisher’ for his late-game heroics with bat and ball, James Faulkner smashed the Stars to 19 runs in an unbeaten Super Over.
The following six-ball chase by the Sixers wasn’t without drama either, with Cameron White and Kevin Pietersen pulling off one of the more bizarre outfield catches.
BBL|06 Semi-Final: Sydney Sixers defeat Brisbane Heat
After two unsuccessful Super Overs in previous years, the Sixers booked themselves a spot in the final with victory over the Brisbane Heat in January 2017.
Henriques helped blast the Sixers to an impressive score of 22 with two boundaries in the first Super Over, before Brendon McCullum and Ben Cutting fell short and missed out on an opportunity to face the Scorchers the BBL decider.