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Cricket may be considered a complicated game, but betting on it doesn’t have to be. An easy path to following and betting on this wonderful sport is the highly competitive one-day game, also known occasionally as the 50-over format (please note limited overs can refer to the 50 or 20-over version). Simply speaking, both teams have a chance to bat, and the team with the highest score wins. But what does it mean for betting permutations?
Unlike Test match cricket, a draw in one-day cricket is very unlikely to occur, unless the game is washed out by the weather. Most bookmakers will have set rules about this, so please check carefully before placing any bet. Even if only one team has a chance to finish their batting innings, provided the second team has the opportunity to bat a minimum 20 of their 50 allotted overs, a result can be calculated by the rather complex Duckworth-Lewis method. A whole article would not cover the intricacies of this system, but suffice to say it can lead to some rather unsatisfactory results. This can be a frustration of betting on (and not to mention following) cricket, but in this article we will consider all of the normal possibilities in matches that remain weather-unaffected. Quite simply, the match odds option in one-day games more or less eliminates the draw, so this is a standard two-way bet.
Individual Player markets
One-day games are one-innings affairs, so all player markets are easily pitched and calculated. Punters can wager on which batsman will top score for his team, and in a similar vein to Tests, some of the bigger bookmakers offer batsman matches, meaning who will score the most runs between two batsmen. On the bowler side, the most successful bowler for a team can be selected (measured in terms of wickets and then runs per wicket). Punters can also bet on whether an individual player will score a hundred or even a fifty (or not) in the match, and sometimes if a player is not offered in any of these markets, often they can be requested directly.
A multitude of markets are offered on the first wicket, such as the method, and the runs range in which the first wicket will fall (for example 0-10 runs, etc.). Want to bet on who will win the toss? No problem. Man of the match is another popular option, as is which team will suffer the most run outs, and the number of runs to be conceded in the first over of the match.
Due to the attacking nature of the shorter formats of cricket, markets involving the number of fours and sixes tend to be introduced (a marked contrast from test an first-class cricket), and runs totals are also an attractive market (including the over/unders and runs range versions). When betting on any of these variations it is imperative that you check previous matches in the same format at the same venue – historical trends can be more important in cricket than in any other sport, especially when in relation to the venue, more so than the teams.
What to remember
As already alluded to, detailed analysis of previous trends at the same venue can be the difference between winning and losing a punt. As always, novelty and specialist markets are probably best avoided unless they are activated in-play, and match odds are the tips (and bets) of choice for experienced tipsters in the pre-game market.
Upcoming matches to look out for
The domestic season is underway south of the equator, so look out for the likes of the Matador BBQs One-Day Cup in Australia, and there is an upcoming international (ODI) series between Australia and New Zealand
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