Cricket is the second most popular sport in the world after soccer, with a massive following growing every year on the Indian subcontinent. This popularity makes for exciting opportunities to place a bet and watch the outcome of some of the best sporting rivalries being played out on the field today.
Cricket Betting Options
If you’ve been reading our tips and betting previews, but are a little unsure about what betting format is your best option, take a look at the most popular bet types below:
Match Outcome and Series Winner
The most popular market in cricket betting is the match outcome wager, where the punter places a bet on which team will win the day’s game. Similarly, if they want a bit of a longer outlook then they can wager on the outcome of a series.
Most Runs or Wickets
If you aren’t so sure about the outcome of a match, but you have a strong theory on the players, then you might want to bet on who will finish the game with the most runs or wickets. Similarly, if you’ve seen some strong consistent play, you can bet on the most runs or wickets in the tournament, rather than just individual matches.
Highest Opening Partnership
One of the most popular options to get the blood flowing early is highest opening partnership betting. For T20 and ODI cricket this bet is to predict which team will score the most runs before they lose their first wicket, while in Test matches it is before they lose a wicket in the 1st innings of the match.
Man of The Match
If you have a man you think is stellar on the field, then you might want to make a man of the match wager, which is based on predicting who will walk away with the man of the match award at the end of the game.
Number of Boundaries
A growing market, suitable for those who want a more involved wager, is betting on the number of fours or sixes scored.
Cricket History and Formats
Cricket was invented in England back in the 16th century, but has evolved dramatically ever since, particularly in the last fifty years. Traditional cricket is played over a number of days, with two innings per side. Also known as Test cricket, this five day game has the potential to end in a win or a draw, and is still considered by many to be the most important format of the sport.
More modern variations include One Day Cricket and T20 Cricket, popularised in the 1970s and 2000s respectively. One Day Cricket is played over one day, with fifty overs per team, while T20 cricket is played in a single afternoon, which just 20 overs for each team.
Some of the most popular test rivalries, which get plenty of attention from punters, include The Ashes (England vs Australia), Basil D’Oliveira Trophy (England vs South Africa) and Border-Gavaskar Trophy (Australia vs India).
Cricket Tips and Betting Preview
If you are looking for a little more insight into the best ways to bet on the game, take a look at our cricket tips and betting previews.