The Bellerive Oval is a cricket ground located on the eastern shore of Hobart, Australia. Also known as the Blundstone Arena for sponsorship reasons, the cricket venue was established in 1914.
With a seating capacity of around 20,000, the Bellerive Oval is the second-largest stadium in Tasmania and the only venue to host international cricket matches in the island state of Australia.
The venue hosted its first international cricket match, a Test between Australia and Sri Lanka, in December 1989. Since then, the Hobart cricket ground has staged 14 Tests, 36 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and three T20Is so far.
The Bellerive Oval is the home ground for the Tasmanian Tigers, Hobart Hurricanes and the Australian cricket team. It is also the secondary home ground for Australian Football League outfit North Melbourne.
Hosts Australia are unbeaten at the Bellerive Oval in T20I cricket, winning all three matches so far.
The venue is all set to host the first-round matches of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022. Let’s have a look at the T20I records at Bellerive Oval in Hobart.
Bellerive Oval T20I records and stats
Highest total: Australia cricket team’s 213/4 against England is the highest team total at the Bellerive Oval in T20Is. During the first T20I of England’s tour of Australia in 2014, the hosts rode on openers Cameron White’s 75 off 43 balls and Aaron Finch’s 31-ball 52 to post a mammoth score in their 20 overs. Later, Australia restricted England to 200/9 to secure a 13-run victory.
Lowest total: Zimbabwe scored 79/5 against South Africa after rain reduced the Super 12 match in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022 to nine overs-a-side. It is the lowest T20I total at this venue. The Zimbabwean team were reduced to 19/4 after 3.4 overs, but Wessly Madhevere's unbeaten knock of 35 runs from 18 balls ensured a competitive total on the scoreboard.
Highest individual score: Australia’s swashbuckling batter Glenn Maxwell holds the record for the highest individual score at the Bellerive Oval in T20I cricket. Batting at number four, Maxwell smashed an unbeaten 58-ball 103 to help Australia chase down England’s 155/9 in 18.3 overs and secure an impressive five-wicket win, with nine balls to spare in 2018.
Best bowling figures: Bangladeshi fast bowler Taskin Ahmed has the best bowling figures at this ground in the T20I format. The right-arm pacer picked four wickets for 25 runs in his quota of four overs against Netherlands in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022. His four-wicket haul powered Bangladesh to a nine-run win in the Super 12 encounter.
Most runs: Glenn Maxwell has scored the most runs at this venue in T20I cricket. The Australian middle-order batter has amassed 123 runs in two matches at a strike rate of 173.23. He slammed a hundred at this ground against England during a Trans-Tasman Twenty20 Tri-Series encounter in February 2018. Maxwell’s former teammate Cameron White is second on the list with 90 runs in two matches.
Most wickets: Australia’s Nathan Coulter-Nile and Glenn Maxwell have picked the most wickets at the Bellerive Oval in T20 Internationals. While Nathan Coulter-Nile has picked four wickets in a solitary T20I match at an economy of 7.75, Maxwell features second on the list with four dismissals in two games at an economy of eight runs per over.
Highest partnership: Australian duo of Cameron White and Aaron Finch hold the record for the highest partnership at this venue in T20Is. The two forged a 106-run partnership for the opening wicket against England in January 2014. The impressive partnership powered Australia to 213/4 in their 20 overs before restricting the England batting line-up to 200/9.
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