Who plays who in 2023 Big Bash League finals format

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It was a mad dash to the end, but the stage has finally been set for the Big Bash finals series, with the final five teams all locked in.

The Hobart Hurricanes pulled off a remarkable two-run victory over the Brisbane Heat on Wednesday, only to fall short of making the final five.

The win lifted the Hurricanes to fifth on the ladder, but they were pushed back down to sixth and out of the finals when the Sydney Thunder toppled the Melbourne Stars at the MCG on Wednesday night.

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How does the final series work?

The Perth Scorchers (1), Sydney Sixers (2), Melbourne Renegades (3), Sydney Thunder (4), and the Brisbane Heat (5) have all qualified and are ready to battle it out for BBL glory.

Basically, our first match is 4 v 5 called ‘The Eliminator’, with the winner to play 3 in ‘The Knockout’. 1 v 2 face off in ‘The Qualifier’ with the winner heading straight to the GF and also claiming hosting rights. The winner of 3 v 4/5 plays the loser of 1 v 2 in ‘The Challenger’ to become the second 2nd team through to the final.

Games locked in so far

Thunder and the Heat face will face off first in ‘The Eliminator’, with the winner moving on to ‘The Knockout’ where they will play the Renegades. The Scorchers and the Sixes battle it out in ‘The Qualifier’ to see who goes straight through to the final.

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Returning allrounder Jason Sangha believes the Sydney Thunder can cause some trouble in the BBL finals after sneaking into the top-five.

The Thunder locked in the last spot in the BBL finals with a tense three-wicket win against the lowly Melbourne Stars at the MCG on Wednesday night.

The unconvincing victory allowed the Thunder to jump into fourth to secure a home final, knocking Hobart down to sixth.

The Thunder will host Brisbane at Sydney Showground Stadium on Friday night.

“Looking back at our season, it has been a bit of a rollercoaster,” Sangha said.

“The one good thing is we’ve managed to find a way in those tight situations, we’re just finding ways to win. 

“In the finals series, all you need is a couple of things to go your way. 

“For us going forward is just recognising those key moments in a game.”

BBL|12 finals schedule

Friday January 27: The Eliminator, Sydney Thunder v Brisbane Heat, Showground Stadium, 7.15pm AEDT

Saturday January 28: The Qualifier, Perth Scorchers v Sydney Sixers, Perth Stadium, 4.15pm AWST

Sunday January 29: The Knockout, Melbourne Renegades v winner of The Eliminator, Marvel Stadium, 7.15pm AEDT

Thursday February 2: The Challenger, loser of The Qualifier v winner of The Knockout

Saturday February 4: The Final, winner of The Qualifier v winner of The Challenger, 7.30pm AEDT

Where to watch

All games will be Channel 7, Fox Cricket and Kayo Sports. You can also catch all the action on SEN Radio.

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