Welcome to our Cricket Betting Glossary, your one stop guide to cricket betting.
Here we will explain all you need to know about betting on cricket. Starting with explanations of cricket match formats, we will also have details about team bets, and individual player bets.
- Test Match Betting – A 5 day event played between two of the 12 Test playing nations. There are four possible outcomes from a betting perspective.
They are Home/Draw/Away – but there is also a tie, where if the results are equal, the match is a tie, not a draw.
To put the tie into perspective, there has only ever been two in the history of Test match cricket.
- 50 Over Matches – Matches of this length are known as ODI when they are played by international teams.
50 Over matches are played with a white cricket ball, and the players also wear coloured clothing.
- T20 – This is another format played with a white ball, and by players wearing coloured clothing.
T20 is played at both domestic and international level. Some of the most popular competitions like the IPL are played in T20 format.
- The Hundred – This is another white ball format based on T20. Rather than bowling 120 balls a side like in T20, The Hundred is just simply a 100 ball format.
- T10 – Another popular off shoot of T20, the T10 is an even shorter format of cricket. It is also played in coloured clothing, and with a white ball.
Popular Cricket Bets
- Winner – This is a bet on who wins the match. In Test and 1st Class cricket (Red Ball), there is three outcomes – Team A/Draw/Team B. While in Limited Overs cricket (White Ball, T20, 50 Overs), there are two outcomes – they are Team A/Team B, drawn matches are classed a tie, and are subject to the relevant bookmakers terms and condition.
- Draw No Bet – This is a bet on either Team A to win, or Team B to win. In the event of a Draw, you get your bet refunded.
- To Win the Toss – Quite simply a bet on who wins the Toss. There is only obviously two possible outcomes. Bookmakers usually offer 10/11 on both sides.
- Completed Match – A bet on whether a match will have a conclusion or not. This is a Yes or No bet. Yes is when a team have won (or it’s a tie). While No is when a match is abandoned with no official result.
- Tied Match – This is a bet on the whether you think the match will end with the scores level. It is a rare bet, and is just a Yes or No bet outcome.
- Highest Opening Partnership Betting – A cricket bet on which team will have the most runs before they lose a wicket. Some bookmakers include the tie, making it a possible three outcome bet. Some bookmakers just have it as a two outcome bet, ie, Team A or Team B.
- Team Of Top Batsman/Batswoman Betting – Which team will have the highest individual run scorer of the match. Usually a Team A or Team B outcome bet, but sometimes the Tie can be included.
- Highest First 6 Overs – Which side will score the most runs in their respective first 6 Overs. Some bookmakers have a tie option with this bet, while some don’t, and dead heat rules apply.
- First Ball – Will the First Ball be a Dot Ball, a Single, a Leg Bye, a 4, a Wicket, or even a No Ball etc. There can be as many as 10 outcomes in this cricket betting market.
- First Innings 50 – Will there be a 50 scored in the First Innings of a Test match by any player? A simple Yes or No are the two options on the betting slip.
- 1st Over Total Runs – This is a bet on how many runs there will be in the 1st Over. It is usually an Over or Under option. ie, Under 6.5 Runs (0-6 runs), or Over 6.5 Runs (7 runs or more).
- Most Run Outs – This is a bet on which team will have the most run outs. There are three possible outcomes with this bet, Team A, Team B, or Tie.
- Team To Score Most 4s – A three way bet on who will score the most 4s in their innings. The three outcomes are Team A, Team B, or the Tie.
- Team To Score Most 6s – A three way bet on who will score the most 6s in their innings. The three outcomes are Team A, Team B, or the Tie.
- Total 4s Betting – An Over or Under bet on the amount of 4s scored in a match.
- Total 6s Betting – An Over or Under bet on the amount of 6s scored in a match.
- First Wicket Method – A bet on how the first batter will get out. Outcomes are Bowled, Caught, Stumped, Run Out, LBW, Other.
- Team A Top Batsman/Batswoman – A bet on who will be the top runscorer from Team A.
- Team B Top Batsman/Batswoman – A bet on who will be the top runscorer from Team B.
- Top Batsman/Top Batswoman Betting – Which batter out of both sides will score the most runs. In Test matches, this is based on 1st Innings only.
- Will A Player Score A 50 – Not to be confused with a First Innings 50 bet. This is a bet on a player to score 50 or more in a Limited Overs match. Again, it is a Yes or No bet outcome.
- Team A Top Bowler – A bet on who is the top bowler (wicket taker) from Team A. Dead heat rules can vary from bookmaker to bookmaker when more than one bowler has the most wickets.
- Team B Top Bowler – A bet on who is the top bowler (wicket taker) from Team B. Dead heat rules can vary from bookmaker to bookmaker when more than one bowler has the most wickets.
- Player of the Match – Quite simply a bet on who will win the Man/Woman of the Match award.
- To Score 50 – A bet on whether or not a player scores 50 or more. So for example, Joe Root is 12/5 to score a 50. If he scores a 50, your bet wins, if he’s out for under 50, your bet loses. Al the main batters have odds against their name in this market.
The above are brief descriptions of the most popular cricket betting markets and bet types.
Types of bets can vary from format to format. But in general the Popular Cricket Bets listed above are available on cricketing formats. And don’t forget, we have free cricket betting tips on this site as well.
Cricket Betting Glossary FAQs
There are loads of different formats these days with different leagues popping up across the globe. The main formats are Test Matches, 50 Over, T20, T10, The Hundred, First Class, and 40 Overs.
The ICC have three official formats of international cricket. They are Test Matches, 50 Over Internationals (ODIs), and T20 Internationals.
There are 12 nations eligible to play Test cricket. The Test playing nations are Australia, England, South Africa, West Indies, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Ireland and Afghanistan.
The Shahid Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex is officially the home ground of the Afghanistan cricket team. The complex is in Greater Noida, India. Afghanistan also play home matches in the UAE. At the moment they can’t play home matches in Afghanistan due to the security threat.