Cricket Betting Terminology

No-one said cricket was an easy game to understand in terms of its rules, its customs and traditions or even the terminology used. Anyone who knows the game and sits down to watch a match with someone who’s new to it may have a pretty hard time trying to explain how the LBW rule works, what the 10 different ways of getting out are, how DRS works (and why it’s there) or why spinners are more effective towards the end of a Test match rather than at the beginning.

And once you’ve just about started to grasp the rules, the scoring system and how it all works, the next step is to have a thorough understanding of the terminology of the game. What’s the difference between mid-off and mid-on? What’s a third man? What’s a googly? As a batsman, would you rather that a bowler bowls a ‘yorker’ in the death overs or a full-toss? Speaking of which, what are death overs in the first place?

Here you can read about all these cricket specifics in detail, in the context of a cricket match or betting on cricket.

But crucial to getting the most out of all that is to understand cricket betting terminology. Knowing what all the different cricket betting markets are, what our writers mean when they use a certain betting term and how it all binds together.

Cricket Betting Guide

So welcome to our cricket betting guide. Below we’re going to delve deep into what all the cricket betting terms actually mean that you’ll see most often mentioned, whether that be in the name of a cricket betting market, a betting preview ahead of a big match or something mentioned in a promotional e-mail from one of India’s leading bookmakers.

Why is this all so important? Well, for starters if you decide to bet on say the top bowler market, it’s good to know what the market is, how it works and any specific rules that apply to it. Does it mean the bowler who takes the most wickets, bowls the most overs, has the best economy rate? Spoiler alert: it’s the bowler who takes the most wickets and on 10CRIC, in the case of two bowlers taking an equal number of wickets, the winner will be decided by who concedes the least runs in the process.

These betting terms are also extremely useful to know when reading our betting previews. As experts in their field, our previewers and analysts use proper cricket betting jargon so it certainly helps if you know what it all means.

What is man of the match?

Since the mid-80s, any cricket match of note will have a man of the match chosen as the outstanding player of the game. He’s normally chosen by the game’s commercial sponsors, the on-air commentators, a specially selected panel or very occasionally, by a public vote. On televised matches, the presentation of the award, normally accompanied by a cheque, is screened and the man of the match normally says a few words about his performance and the game as a whole.

The most important thing to note about this is that 99 times out of 100 the man of the match comes from the winning side. In a Test match, where draws can happen, he could just as easily come from one side as the other. Very, very occasionally a player who makes an outstanding contribution in a losing cause can pick up the award, but this is rare indeed.

A typical example of a man of the match performance is a batsman scoring a century or a bowler taking lots of wickets though other types of contributions like a bowler being very economical in a T20 game or a batsman blasting 50 off 25 balls, can also see them rewarded.

Ahead of any important game, there will be a man of the match betting market. The nice thing about this is that all the players generally have high odds because there are 22 different players who can win it. Even a real superstar like Virat Kohli or Ravi Ashwin will be available at odds of at least 6.0 in this market.

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What is top batsman betting?

This is one of the easier ones to explain. Whichever batsman scores the most runs is the winner of the market. However, customers playing a top batsman betting market should be aware of a few important rules.

If two batsmen came out, batted for 10 minutes and then the rain arrived and the game was called off, batsman A who scored eight runs to batsmen B’s five wouldn’t be declared the winner. That’s because bookmakers establish that a minimum number of overs must be bowled for the bet to stand. In the case of 10CRIC, here are the minimum number of overs from format to format.

  • One day International – 20 overs
  • All Domestic 40 Over Competitions – 10 overs
  • All Domestic 50 Over Competitions – 20 overs
  • All Twenty20 Cup – 6 overs
  • 10 Over Matches – 6 overs
  • Test Cricket - A minimum of 50 overs must be bowled unless All Out. Otherwise, the bets are void.

Customers should be aware that this applies to the batsman who scores the most runs for their side (not across both teams). They should also be aware that when the top batsman betting market is offered ahead of a T20 or an ODI, it applies to the only innings where the team bats but in Test matches, where teams bat twice, it applies to the first innings only.

Finally, you should know that in the event of a tie (eg. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma both top score with exactly 65 runs each), the bet would be dead-heated. It doesn’t go down to who scored the most boundaries or had a higher strike rate.

What is top match batsman betting?

Now that we’ve gone through how the rules work on the top (team) batsman betting market, we need to make the distinction between that market and the top match batsman.

In the first case, it’s just about finding the top scorer for Team A or Team B but in this market, you need to try to pick the top batsman in the whole match. The top match batsman betting market is generally only offered for limited-overs matches (ODIs, domestic 50-over games, T20 and T20is) where each batsman only bats once. If you applied it to Test matches where some batsmen bat twice and others only once, it can become a bit too confusing.

So let’s say it’s India v Australia in an ODI. If Virat Kohli was available at say 3.5 in the top (India) batsman market, he may well be available at odds of about 7.0 in the top match batsman market because he not only has to beat his Indian team-mates but all of the Australian batsmen, as well.

The higher odds on offer as a result of that make it an attractive market to play but it’s obviously also harder to pick the winner.

What is top bowler betting?

We mentioned top bowler betting in the introduction section above but we’ll go into it in more detail now.

Ahead of any game, you need to pick the bowler who you think will take the most wickets. Remember that a bowler is deemed to have taken a wicket if he: bowls the batsman, has him trapped LBW, has him caught, stumped or if the batsman hits his wicket; if the batsman gets outrun out or by any another method, this doesn’t count as the bowler taking a wicket.

As explained above, if two bowlers take the same amount of wickets, then there needs to be a tie-breaker to find a winner. Say it’s an IPL match and both Ravi Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo each take three wickets for the Chennai Super Kings but Jadeja concedes 20 runs while taking them and Bravo concedes 26, then Jadeja is the winner. If they happened to concede the same runs of runs as well as taking the same number of wickets, then it would be dead-heated.

In Test matches, the top bowler market only applies to the first innings. If you back a bowler who doesn’t get to bowl for whatever reason, unfortunately, the bet stands.

What is 1st Wicket method?

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan come out to open the batting in an ODI. With 40 runs on the board, Sharma is facing and gets out. But, how did he get out?

That’s exactly what the 1st wicket method betting market is asking. How is the first batsman to get out, going to get out? 10CRIC lists the following methods as ways that a batsman can get out:

  • Caught.
  • Bowled.
  • LBW.
  • Run out.
  • Stumped.
  • Others.

For interest’s sake, ‘others’ covers all the remaining methods of getting out such as hitting wicket, obstructing the field of play and handling the ball. The reason they’re all lumped together is that they’re so rare in terms of a method of getting out that there’s not much point listing them all separately.

Ahead of any given match, ‘caught’ is the favourite in terms of methods of getting out because it’s by far the most common form of dismissal. Having said that, customers who like to study data might find that the two opening batsmen of any given team have a tendency to get out LBW or bowled rather than caught and that when they’re playing, the smart money might be on one of those two outcomes at far bigger odds than the ‘caught’ one.

What is Most Run Outs?

If you look above, ‘run out’ is the fourth method listed for getting out. As a reminder, a run-out is executed when a batsman is running between the wickets and the stumps are broken at the end he’s running to before he gets to the crease. This could be through a direct hit- a fielder throws the ball at the stump and hits them- or by a fielder throwing the ball to the bowler, another fielder or the keeper, who then breaks the stumps using the ball.

It’s worth noting that run outs tend to happen a lot more in limited-overs matches than they do in Test matches because batsmen tend to take more risks when running between the wickets in search of quick runs.

When betting on who will get the most run-outs ahead of any match, the three runners are: Team A, Team B or the draw. The first essential thing to explain is that this applies to the team who is fielding. So if South Africa are Team A, India are Team B and South African fielders execute three run-outs to India’s one, then Team A (South Africa) will be the winners in the market. If they both executed two run-outs, or somewhat more likely none, then the draw would be the winner. Which is normally the favourite.

So what does one look for when playing this market? You generally want to side with the team who has the best fielders or go against a side who has a reputation for having batsmen who are slow or lazy when it comes to running between the wickets.

What are favourites and outsiders?

Let’s say India are in action in an ODI against Pakistan and that you want to bet on the India top batsman market. Virat Kohli is available at odds of 3.5, Rohit Sharma is 4.0, Shikhar Dhawan 4.0 and much further down the list, you might have the likes of Kuldeep Yadav at 60.0 or Jasprit Bumrah at 80.0.

Kohli in this scenario is the favourite; the player with the shortest odds on winning. If Sharma was also 3.5 (rather than 4.0) with Kohli was also 3.5, then they’d be called the joint-favourites.

The likes of Bumrah and Yadav, whose odds suggest it’s almost impossible to win this betting heat, are considered the outsiders.

The term ‘favourite’ comes from the fact that they’re the punter’s favourite; in other words, they’re the ones favoured by punters to win meaning that the money bet on them leads to bookmakers needing to keep the odds on them short to avoid too much of a liability, should they win.

If you were looking at the match winner market and India were 1.7 and Pakistan 2.1, then India would be the favourites and Pakistan would be the outsiders.

And if it were a Test match between India and Pakistan where lots of rain was expected to mean a lot of time would be lost from the game, then the draw might bet the shortest-priced of the three outcomes. In this case, the draw would be favourite.

What is century betting?

It’s just about the greatest feeling for a batsman. You arrived at the crease a little nervous and anxious and a couple of hours later you’ve reached 100 runs in the innings and get to raise your bat to the crowd, milk the applause and enjoy the moment.

So betting on whether a century is going to be scored is a pretty logical thing to be able to bet on. Customers should, however, be aware that betting on whether a century is going to be scored or not comes in different forms.

The first is quite simply whether a century will be scored in the match by…anyone. It’s also sometimes known as ‘a hundred score in the match’. So if it was an IPL game between the Mumbai Indians and the Delhi Capitals, you’d win if anyone got to 100.

In other cases, the market applies only to the first or second innings of the match. So let’s say Mumbai bat first, the 7.0 that century was scored would only apply to Mumbai’s batsmen. If it was ‘second innings century’ with Delhi batting second, then the 8.0 would only apply to the Delhi batsmen.

Customers are advised to read the betting market’s name carefully and if necessary, to also read the betting rules that apply to that market to be sure of what they’re betting on and how it all works.

What is outright betting?

Cricket betting isn’t just about wagering on particular aspects of a specific match. You can also bet on who might win a tournament, such as the (ODI) World Cup, the World T20, the CPL or the IPL.

Outright betting is predicting who can win a tournament and that might be before it’s started or while it’s in progress.

For example, the next T20 World Cup will take place in 2020 and the best bookmakers, such as 10CRIC, have already priced up all of the different teams so you can select who you think might go on to win it.

The good thing about outright betting is that if you do your research well in advance, you can work out who has the players and skills to go on to win a particular tournament. Look at the players making up the team, the coach, the conditions in which they’ll be playing, their historic results in terms of how they’ve performed in that event in the past and how they stack up against the opposition in terms of their strength with both bat and ball.

Ahead of any given tournament, there’s very rarely a favourite so hot that they’re odds-on, so you always have the opportunity to back aside before the event gets underway at pretty attractive odds in the outright betting.

However, with outright betting, you need the side to actually go on and win the tournament. Making the semis or losing the final isn’t enough.

What is ‘to make the final’ betting’?

Above we looked at outright betting and towards the end, we stressed the importance of the team actually going on to win it rather than just making the semis or being beaten in the final.

But it doesn’t necessarily have to be all or nothing. With most bookmakers, you can also bet on a team just making the final. In other words, if you’d backed India to ‘make the final’ of the upcoming T20 World Cup rather than actually winning it, you’re home and dry as soon as they progress to the final.

Meaning that customers don’t have to go through the trials and tribulations similar to what happened in the recent (ODI) World Cup between England and New Zealand, where England miraculously recovered first to make a Super Over and then denied the Kiwis off the very last ball to win the match and consequently, the tournament.

In terms of the odds, backing a team to make the final rather than winning it outright, are generally half what they would be in comparison to win the tournament.

What is ‘most sixes’ betting?

For a batsman, hitting the ball for six is behind only getting to a fifty or a century in terms of the most satisfying experiences you can have. Seeing the ball disappear into the stands as the fielders watch on helplessly is not only a big fillip to the batsman himself but also a big boost to the team as a whole as a six is obviously the maximum amount of runs you can get from a single delivery; no-balls excluded.

With most bookmakers, you can bet on which team will get the most sixes. A good way to research the market is to look at how many sixes the side concedes per match, as well as of course being aware of how many sixes they hit themselves, on average.

Customers playing this market should pay particular attention to which format the upcoming game will be played in.

For example, the West Indies may not hit that many sixes compared to other teams when it comes to Test matches but when they play in T20s, the likes of Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell and Sunil Narine prefer to go big even if that means taking risks, rather than accumulating their runs through singles and twos. Meaning the Windies are normally a good bet in this market.

Customers should be aware that the market always contains the ‘tie’ option, meaning that the team you back needs to get at least one more six than the opposition; getting the same amount won’t do it.

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What is ‘opening partnership’ betting?

The opening partnership means the two openers; the batsmen who open the innings at the top of the order.

Some of the best opening partnerships in the history of Test matches were Justin Langer and Mathew Hayden while Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly excelled for India when it came to ODIs.

The runs scored by the opening partnership are how many runs they get between them until one of them gets out, including any extras. So if Tendulkar got 30 runs, Ganguly got 20 and there were a further five runs in extras before one of the two got out, the opening partnership would be worth 55 runs.

Opening partnership betting is, therefore, trying to predict which of the two teams will put on the most runs before the first wicket falls. If India’s opening partnership put on 55 runs and Sri Lanka’s put on just 30 until they lost their first wicket, then India would be the winners on the betting market. Customers should be aware that the market normally has the ‘tie’ option in it.

What is Winner FT betting?

Winner FT betting, sometimes also known as match-winner betting or match odds betting, is quite simply betting on who will win a particular cricket match.

In limited-overs matches, such as ODIs, T20s, T20Is or 40-over matches like the ones played in the English county game, this is a two-runner market, meaning that in most cases there’s always a winner in the match. With two notable exceptions. The first exception is where the match isn’t completed, normally because of bad weather, but sometimes due to other factors, such as crowd trouble or floodlight failure. In these circumstances, all bets on the winner FT market will be void.

The second exception is where the match ends in a tie (not to be confused with a draw, see below). In some cases, teams will play a Super Over- as famously happened in the final of the 2019 World Cup- and the winner of the Super Over is declared the winner and the winner FT betting market will be settled accordingly. But in other cases, the game just ends in a tie and the teams share the points so in this case, all bets would be void on this market because it didn’t produce a winner.

Test matches, on the other hand, have three outcomes in terms of FT betting: Team B, Team B or the draw. As do English County Championship games and matches in India’s Ranji Trophy.

What is a Super Over?

A super over is cricket’s equivalent of a penalty shoot-out in football and is used to find a winner in a limited-overs match that ends in a tie.

Ahead of a Super Over, each team nominates three batsmen to face one over. One team bats first and tries to score as many runs as possible off six (legal) balls; if however, the team loses two wickets before those six balls have been bowled, their innings will end here and that’s the score that they set the opposition. In other words, a team can use a maximum of three batsmen in a Super Over- the two openers - and one more who comes in at the fall of the first wicket.

The opposition then has to try to chase that total the same way they would in any other limited-overs match but again, only have one Over in which to do it.

There was great controversy when in the final of the 2019 World Cup, New Zealand tied England’s Super Over total but ended up losing the match and the tournament because they had scored fewer boundaries during the game. In a bid to rectify that happening again, the likes of the Big Bash organisers have decided that a second Super Over will be played in the event of a tied Super Over and any more Super Overs that are needed until an actual winner is found.

What is Duckworth-Lewis-Stern?

Originally just called Duckworth-Lewis (DL) , with the Stern part added in 2014, it’s a mathematical formulation designed to create a target score for the team batting second in matches where weather has affected the match to the extent that the team batting second simply won’t be able to bat the full allocation of overs.

It was created to try to find a winner in games where rain meant there wasn’t enough time left in the match for teams to bat the original number of overs rather than having lots of games that ended without a result, which was particularly disruptive in tournaments like a World Cup.

Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) aims to find a fair target for the side batting second by trying to reach a score with a reduced number of overs that would be as difficult to chase as it would have been if they had batted the full allocation of overs. So, for example, if Australia post 320 batting first and India will only be able to bat for 30 overs because of time lost to rain, the Duckworth Lewis Stern target might be adjusted to say 225 at the start of India’s innings.

After each over under DLS, the target score is adjusted based on how many overs there are left and how many wickets the team batting still has in hand. That means that if the rain arrives during the second innings, everyone will always know if the team is ahead or behind the DLS total at any given moment.

So, if the game came to a permanent halt because it was raining too much, India would either be behind the DLS score when the match was called off and lose it or ahead of the DLS score and win it when the Umpires stopped the game. Frequent loss of wickets during a DLS-adjusted target, tend to make the target rise very quickly.

What is decimal odds betting?

Decimal odds betting is the form of displaying odds that are used in online betting in India and most European countries as well.

The key thing to remember with decimal odds is that 2.0 is ‘even money/evens’ meaning anything greater than 2.0 is odds-against and anything smaller than 2.0 is odds-on. For example, if India are strong favourites to beat Sri Lanka in an ODI, they might be available at odds of 1.4, while Sri Lanka would be about 2.63.

Decimal odds tend to be preferred to the traditional fractional odds for two main reasons. The first is that the odds themselves are easier to understand than fractional odds. Just as an example, it’s easier to work out how much you’d win if you backed Sri Lanka at 2.63 in decimal odds than it’s equivalent in fractional, which would be odds of 13/8.

Secondly, decimal odds already have your stake built into them. So if you backed Sri Lanka at 2.63 for ₹1,000, you know that you’ll win ₹1,000 X 2.63, which is ₹2,630 should Sri Lanka win. If you placed the same bet at the equivalent fractional odds of 13/8, you first need to work out how much you win at those odds and then still have to add your stake on at the end to work out how much you’ll be paid out in total.

What is live betting?

These days any betting company worth its salt will offer live betting, sometimes also known as in-play or in-running betting.

Live betting means betting on a cricket match after it has already started. Most betting companies don’t offer quite the same amount of betting markets in live betting as they do in pre-match betting but will always offer the Winner FT market, innings runs (during the first innings) and a few others like top batsman or method of dismissal for the next wicket.

The idea behind live betting is that customers have the chance to watch the game and draw their conclusions rather than having to place all their bets before a ball has even been bowled. The odds-compilers at the betting company are constantly changing the odds based on the state of play in the game so customers need to be aware that the odds at one given moment might have changed thirty seconds later if something significant happened in the meanwhile, like a boundary being scored or a wicket falling.

Most of the time live betting is offered until the very last ball of the match, with tight run chases in limited-overs matches leading to particularly volatile betting heats where one team is favourite and then just a couple of minutes later, the other team has gone favourite.

What is innings runs betting?

Any cricket match starts with one team batting the first time around. In Test matches, teams normally bat twice, while in limited-overs games they only ever bat once (excluding Super Overs, of course).

So let’s say it’s India v England in a T20 match and India are batting first. At the start of the innings, the betting company may decide that they think India will score roughly 160.5 runs so you as the customer need to decide if they think they’ll score more than 160.5 or less than 160.5. The 0.5 is there to make sure there isn’t a tie in the betting if India scored exactly 160 runs.

In live betting, the innings runs betting line is constantly changing. So, if India got off to an excellent start and were 60/1 after five overs, the total innings runs betting line might be adjusted to 185.5; but if they were 30/3 after five overs, the line would be adjusted to about 120.5.

Sometimes betting companies offer more brackets than just ‘under/over’ in terms of innings runs so customers have more options. So in the example above, maybe the lines would be 150 runs or under, 151-170 and 171 runs or over.

What is a par score?

A par score is the number of runs that a team is expected to score when batting first. Rather than the main consideration being the strengths of the two teams, the major considerations are: how good the batting wicket is, how small the ground is, whether it’s sunny or overcast, whether it’s a fast or slow outfield and historical scores at that particular ground.

So let’s say it’s an IPL match between Royal Challengers Bangalore v Delhi Capitals in Bangalore. Bangalore is famous for having a good batting wicket and small boundaries so the commentators, analysts and captains may declare that 180 is a par score. If Bangalore score 190 they will have bettered the par score but if they only score 160, they’d be 20 runs short of what’s deemed a par score. But if the match was in Delhi, maybe 160 would be thought to be the par score because it’s harder to bat there.

The reason commentators love talking about a par score is that it gives a good indication of how well the team batting first has batted and how difficult the task of chasing is for the team batting second. So it’s useful when you’re taking part in live betting to have a good understanding of what the par score is.

What is betting value?

Betting value means being offered odds that are more generous than what they should be. The simplest possible example of that would be if someone offered you odds of 2.5 on the outcome of a coin toss or odds of 2.3 on whether the next card in a normal deck would be red or black. In both cases, the true odds should be 2.0 so to be offered odds greater than that should be taken advantage of.

It’s a little less clear cut than that when it comes to cricket betting because a team’s chances of winning a match are far more subjective. As are those of someone being a top batsman.

Still, if Virat Kohli was available at odds of 3.5 to top score for India in an ODI, those odds would be about right given his career average, recent performances and the number of times he’s won the market in the past. But if a bookmaker offered you odds of 5.5 then those odds are far more generous than what they should be and would be a clear example of betting value. Value is important because it ensures that if you have a winning bet, you get paid out more than you probably should have.

What is a dead-heat?

A dead-heat is when two or more outcomes in a market end up tied. The best example of this would be in a top batsman betting market. So let’s say England are playing the West Indies in an ODI and Joe Root and Ben Stokes each get 85 runs before getting out.

There’s no tie-breaker that decides that one should win rather than the other, like who faced fewer balls or who hit the most sixes. So Stokes and Root would be dead-heated. When a bet is dead-heated between two different outcomes, you get paid out at half the odds or the full odds for half your stake, which comes to the same thing. So if you’d backed Root at odds of 6.0, you’d get paid out at 3.0. If you’d backed Stokes at odds of 8.0, you’d get paid out at 4.0. In the very unlikely event that a third batsman also scored 85, your bet would be dead-heated three ways and you’d get paid out at just 1/3 of the odds.

In the top bowler betting market where if two players have the same number of wickets, it goes down to the number of runs conceded. But if two bowlers both took three wickets and conceded exactly 30 runs each in the process, then they would be dead-heated because there wasn’t a third filter to decide on the winner.

What is a Double Chance betting?

Double chance betting means that rather than having just the one outcome going for you, you have two. The best example of this would be in a Test match, where there are three outcomes: Team A, Team B and the draw.

Let’s say it’s Australia v India in Australia with the Aussies favourites. You might decide that India have the weapons to deny Australia and that the best bet is to go with either an India win or a draw, especially if India are lucky enough to win the toss and bat first.

Another strategy is to decide that based on the wicket, that is difficult to bat on and will result in lots of wickets tumbling, that the match definitely won’t end in a draw.

So, in this case, you could take India/Australia on the double chance market and then you just need one side or the other to win to be in clover. In tight matches, having two of the three outcomes onside means you generally don’t get great odds. But if you’re opposing the favourite (eg. having India/Draw in the example above), then the odds are slightly better.

What is a cricket betting bonus?

From time to time betting companies may decide to reward a customer with a cricket betting bonus for being loyal and doing their betting with that Sportsbook rather than another one.

A common form of cricket betting bonus is to give a customer a free bet. For example, 10CRIC may give a customer a ₹1,000 free bet ahead of a particular game which means that the customer doesn’t have to use their own money to place the bet. If the free bet wins, the customers get to keep the winnings (generally not the stake as well) although they may have to fulfil certain wagering requirements (i.e. they might have to place two or three more bets that win before they can actually withdraw the winnings).

Another form of a cricket betting bonus might be to give a customer extra money when they make their next deposit or to give them higher odds than usual as a one-off, on a particular outcome.

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What is combo betting?

Combo betting is wagering on more than one outcome within the same bet. In normal circumstances, cricket bettors will place just one bet, known as a single, and it either wins or loses (or is void or dead-heated, in rare cases).

So betting on Ravi Ashwin to be top India bowler against Sri Lanka is a single. Or betting on the Windies to score over 160 runs against England, is also a single.

A good example of combo betting is when there are two matches on the same day in the IPL. So if it’s Mumbai v Delhi in the morning and Kolkata v Chennai in the afternoon and you think Mumbai will win the first game and Kolkata the second, you can place a combo bet. The good news is the odds o the two teams are multiplied by one another. So if Mumbai are 1.8 and Kolkata are 2.1, the total odds of your combo are 1.8 x 2.1 which comes to 3.78. The bad news is that you need both parts of the bet to win for you to have a winning combo.

You don’t have to just bet on a team to win, though. You could bet that Rohit Sharma top-scored for Mumbai in the first match and that Kolkata scored over 160 runs batting first in the second match. Nor do you have to limit your combos to just two selections; you can have five or six different selections in your combo if you wish.

What is hedging?

The term hedging comes from the financial world where it means doing the opposite of what you originally did. So for example, you might gamble that the US dollar will go up and then when it does, you then bet that it will go down, with the difference between the two bets securing you a profit.

In cricket betting, hedging can apply to both the bookmaker and the customer. An example of a bookmaker hedging a bet would be if they took a very large bet from a customer and then hedged the same bet with another bookmaker to reduce their liability.

A customer may hedge their bet as a way of making sure that the win at least something after having placed a good bet to start with. So for example, if someone backed New Zealand to win the T20 World Cup at odds of 10.0 and they made the final against England, the customer could then hedge their bet by backing England before the final; that way they’d either win on one bet or the other.

What is to win the toss betting?

Any cricket match officially starts the moment the toss is held. Both captains go out to the middle and a match referee or commentator will conduct the toss, where the captain who calls correctly decides whether he wants to bat first or field first.

Win the toss betting is quite simply, wagering on which team will…win the toss. In all truth, there’s no skill in trying to predict who will win the toss because there is a 50/50 chance that it will be one team or the other. Not only that but win the toss betting should have odds of 2.0 about each team but because of the need for bookmakers to insert a margin into their odds, the odds will generally be about 1.85, so you’re getting poor value on either outcome.

Some betting companies take it a step further and have four runners rather than two, adding what the captain who wins the toss will do to the equation. So rather than the market being just: India to win the toss and South Africa to win the toss, it would be: India win and bat, India win and bowl, South Africa win and bat, South Africa win and bowl.

What is tournament top batsman/bowler betting?

Ahead of any major tournament, like a World Cup or the IPL, bookmakers will offer odds not just on who will win the tournament or but also who will be the batsman scoring the most runs but also the bowler taking the most wickets.

The good thing for customers when it comes to tournament top batsman/bowler betting is that because there are so many players involved in a tournament, the odds on any given player to be top batsman or bowler are generally pretty big. For example, when Rohit Sharma was top batsman at the 2019 Cricket World Cup, he was available at odds of around 18.0 before it started.

As the tournament progresses, bookmakers will change the odds depending on what’s happened, just like they do with outright betting on the winner. So if Sharma gets a century in his first match his odds will shorten, whereas if Virat Kohli gets out for just 10 in his first match, his odds will lengthen.

What is batsman runs betting?

Not all batsman betting is about which player scores the most runs. Bookmakers also offer odds on exactly how many runs a particular batsman may score in their innings. Sometimes it’s a straightforward case of whether they will score a 50 (yes/no) or a 100 (yes/no) but in other cases, the bookmakers offering batsman runs betting can be even more specific.

For example, if the Mumbai Indians are playing the Delhi Capitals, bookmakers may decide that they think Quinton de Kock will score roughly 34.5 runs so you have to bet on whether you think he will score more or less than 34.5 runs. In other cases, they might make it a three-runner market and offer more options. For example, it might be: de Kock 30 runs or less, 31-40 runs, 41 runs or more.

In general, bookmakers only offer batsman runs betting on the top three batsmen in the side; there’s not much point from a customer’s point of view to offer odds on a batsman who bats at five or six when there’s always a chance (in limited-overs at least) that they might not bat at all.

What is a betting stake?

A betting stake is how much you wager on a particular bet. So if you decide that you wish to wager ₹1,000 on India winning the upcoming T20 World Cup, then that ₹1,000 is your stake on that bet.

Most bookmakers have a minimum and maximum stake per bet. The minimum stake is there to ensure that accepting a bet is worth their while whereas the maximum bet is in place to make sure that the bookmakers’ liability on a particular bet doesn’t get out of hand. In general, a new customer should expect to have a lower maximum stake allowed than a loyal customer who has been betting with that bookmaker for a while.

Customers who tend to bet in large amounts are sometimes known as high-rollers.

What is an odds-compiler?

When you see odds offered about any event, ranging from the winner of a cricket match to how many sixes will be scored in any given game, the odds are set by someone called an odds-compiler.

That’s a member of staff from a betting company who is tasked with studying all the relevant factors applying to a betting heat and pricing up the different runners, including establishing who’s the favourite.

So if it’s India v England in an ODI in India and the odds-compilers are pricing up the two teams, they’d look at India’s record at home over the past few years in ODIOs in general, how England have performed away from home over the past few years, what the head-to-head between the two teams (see below), which key players are in form, whether there are any important players missing and whether the conditions on the day favour one team over another.

After doing all this research, the odds-compiler may decide that India deserve to be 1.65 favourites with England 2.3 outsiders. Odds-compilers are also responsible for offering ever-changing odds during a match through live betting.

What is DRS?

Short for (Umpire) Decision Review System, DRS involves using technology to rectify blatant umpiring mistakes in an attempt to make the game as fair and error-free as possible from an umpiring point of view.

If a batsman is given out caught but thinks he didn’t hit the ball, he can refer the decision to DRS and assuming he didn’t actually touch it, the technology- analysed by the Third Umpire who has access to lots of different angles and clever technological tools- should show that the decision was incorrect and the umpire’s decision should be reversed, with the batsman being given not out ‘on appeal’.

It can also happen the other way. If a bowler thinks he has a batsman out LBW for example and the umpire doesn’t give the batsman out, the fielding captain can choose to refer the decision to DRS and if the technology shows that the umpire was wrong and should have given it out LBW, then the decision will be reversed and the batsman is given out after all.

In T20s and ODIs each team has one DRS review both when batting and fielding to start with. If they use DRS and are shown to be wrong, they lose their review. But if they use it and are proved to be right or the decision is marginal, then they get to keep their review.

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