T20 Big Bash League - KFC

From the Stands - Chasing is trending

16/12/2012 18:14 PM
Victory
By Ben Waterworth

Scroll up to the top of this page, hover over Match Centre, right-click on Results and select 'open link in new tab'.

Now, have a look at the outcomes of each contest so far in BBL|02.

Notice a strange and unique consistency with the results? Notice how every result reads the team batting second having a higher score than the team batting first?

It is not often that all matches in a tournament are won by the chasers -  the team batting second. But that is what has occurred so far in every contest during the second edition of the KFC T20 Big Bash League.

Traditionally, chasing has never been a sexy cricketing concept - no matter the format. On a good pitch, most captains would elect  to bat first if they won the toss.

It makes sense, as batting first gives your team the perfect chance to set the tone of the match and apply immediate pressure to the opposition.

Former Australian Test captain Ian Chappell always said: 'if you win the toss, bat first nine times out of 10 and on the 10th time, think about bowling then bat first anyway'.

Yet times have changed.

Batting second and chasing a target is certainly not the end of the world.

Yes it requires plenty of mental strength. Yes it requires maturity. Yes it is essential to find the right balance between risk and reward.

But in the short and fast-moving T20 format, teams now genuinely believe they can reach a target from almost any position.

And BBL teams around the country are perfecting the art.

Will this latest trend continue in tonight's crucial match between the Sydney Sixers and the Perth Scorchers at the SCG?

With accomplished, powerful and mature batsmen in both batting line-ups, tonight's chasing team will no doubt back itself to reach the target.