Opening T20 BBL game sets a high standard with a BBEI of 2,862

Chris Stead 20 December 2017 NEWS

Season 07 of the Big Bash has officially kicked off with the Sydney Thunder hosting the Sydney Sixers in an epic encounter.

What a start! Over the last month, has been quantifying and measuring the entertainment value of the Big Bash League games, and it doesn’t get much more entertaining than the season opener. The Sydney Thunder chose to field against the Sydney Sixers and scraped home on the final ball following a Shane Watson hitting masterclass. The big all-rounder smashed all of the Thunder’s six sixes on the way to 77. This is despite Sixers bowler Daniel Sams’ stunning debut, finishing with figures of 4/14.

As our regular readers will know, for this season, – a sponsor of Network Ten’s BBL coverage – has created the Big Bash Entertainment Index (BBEI). Our unique algorithm can definitively determine how entertaining a game of T20 cricket is, allowing us to compare not only single encounters, but teams and stadiums over the course of a season.

When we ran the numbers on the Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers season opener, the BBEI returned a score of 2,862. When we compare that to all the games of Season 06 of the BBL, it would have placed third. Furthermore, the Thunder had a disastrous BBL season last summer, proving to be the least entertaining of all the teams in the competition. Both Sydney derbies were duds, too, with the corresponding game last year earning a BBEI of 1,592, and the return match earning an even worse BBEI of 743.

Sydney Thunder fans will be looking forward to a big year, having – in this first game – beaten their Season 06 average for overs batted, runs scored, fours hit, sixes hit, wickets taken, outfield catches and runouts.

Make sure you check out all our stunning Big Bash entertainment statistics here.

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