Cricket Betting Guide


Cricket can seem a confusing game to the uninitiated, with the concept of playing for five days and not having a winner one of many things that can seem strange to the newcomer. However, cricket, in its various formats, from the fast-paced action of the IPL and other T20 competitions through to the drawn out excitement of Test matches is a fantastic sport that hooks people for life. Predominantly played in countries that formerly made up the British Empire it is now one of the most popular sports in the world, in large part due to its massive popularity in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

It is also a great sport on which to bet for a number of reasons. Whether you want to place a bet that will last all summer or one that will be settled on the very next ball, there is a cricket betting opportunity available. Moreover, with matches being played in both hemispheres and numerous international and domestic competitions, rarely a day goes by without some cricket to watch, bet on and enjoy.

How To Bet On Cricket

Cricket has been in the news rather too much in recent years with regards to match fixing, in particular spot fixing, which relates to organising very specific events to happen at given times that generally won’t impact the overall result. However, on the whole it is a clean sport with a huge range of fun and exciting markets on which to bet.

Cricket Bets

  • To win – As with most sports the simplest bet is the most popular and involves betting on a given team to win a particular match. In Test cricket this will always include the draw but not the tie, whilst most limited overs matches will just have the option for either side to win.
  • Series betting – As well as betting on an individual match you can also bet on a side to win a series, either Test or one-day, or for it to be a tie.
  • Series correct score – A self-explanatory bet that involves picking a team to win a series by a specific score (or that it will end as a tie).
  • Top run scorer – Which batsman will score the most runs, either in a given innings, match, series or competition.
  • Leading wicket taker – As above but for a bowler taking wickets.
  • To score a century – Betting on whether a given player will score 100 runs or more in an innings in a particular match.
  • Team to score the most 6s – Which team will score most 6s in a given match, usually a one-day game.

There are a host of other bets on most of the big games, many of which are in-play markets like who will be out next or how many wides will be bowled. Practically any event that could happen is offered as a getting market in cricket, meaning it’s a great sport if you like placing regular bets as the game develops. From backing which side will have the highest opening partnership to who will win the toss or how many runouts there will be, you really are spoiled for choice.

Cricket Betting Rules

When betting on cricket one thing to be aware of is the difference between a tie and a draw in Test matches (although admittedly a tie will very, very rarely come into the equation) with some bookmakers settling a tie using dead-heat rules. In one day games a tie is more likely but may not be offered as a betting option so it’s worth checking the bookmaker’s terms.

Rules vary, as always, but in general, abandoned or postponed games will be voided, unless the bet has already settled in the case of abandonment. If the Duckworth-Lewis method is used this will almost certainly be accepted, with bets settled on official results.

Cricket Betting Strategy

There are different things to watch out for depending on what form and level of the game you are betting on. In Test matches the weather and the pitch are critical in deciding your bets, so always consider those very carefully and keep an eye out for changes in the weather forecast in particular. Close monitoring of the weather can be one of the easiest ways to make money betting on the cricket, so meteorologists are particularly well placed. For club matches, being aware of which players are on international duty can be very useful, whilst knowledge of local conditions can also be a great help.

As in any sport, to make a profit over the long term by betting on cricket relies on effective research. Knowledge of past matches can be particularly important as the ground, wicket and weather at a particular venue are all constants that have a strong influence on the match. It is also worth being aware of the particular strengths and weaknesses of bowlers and batsman. For example Graeme Swann has enjoyed amazing success against left-handed batsman, so would be a great bet on a turning wicket against a side with many left-handers.

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