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All the betting terms you need to know before you bet on cricket matches!


Cricket is one of the most popular sports in the Indian sub-continent and there’s no doubt about it. With the ever rising fan base of cricket, something which has equally gained popularity is the legal online cricket betting. Cricket is such an engaging sport in India that it gives any punter a wholesome chance of betting online. Innumerable sites have garnered to inculcate this kind of online cricket betting practices amongst fans making earning real money a daily happening. Advancements in technology has also aided punters understand match predictions, get tips on how online betting works, where to invest the money, etc. Online sites provide all the information about the game, the current scenario of the teams, stats, live scores, news, features, etc. 

Bookmakers these days offer a long list of cricket betting markets. It can be betting on test cricket, ODIs, T20s. The most popular cricket betting markets include, match outcomes, series winner, most number of wickets taken, highest runs, man of the Match, number of boundaries, etc.

Betting terminologies:

Being a totally perfect sport to legally bet on, cricket offers a wide range of areas on which people can bet. It can last for a day, as well as continue up to 5 days. Online betting has reached heights of popularity, and the credits have to be given to numerous sites which explain the whole process involved in online betting easy. These sites inform punters how betting odds work, betting sites, strategies, most popular cricket bets, etc.

Few terms which the punter should always keep in mind while betting is:


1st over total run – Predicting whether the runs scored in the first over will be “under” or “over” the already specified limit of the betting provider.


1st wicket method – This prediction is about the ways in which the first wicket will be taken. There are six different ways which include LBW, run out, bowled, stumped, caught, others.


A fifty or a hundred to be scored in first innings – There are two different markets here. Both of these deal with the number of runs scored in the first Innings. There are two possible bets here – Yes or No. These bets are usually offered in test matches.


A fifty or a hundred to be scored in the first match – There are two markets here too. These take the whole match into consideration. The number of 50s and 100s a player can score in the whole match plays a major role in these kinds of bets. Most common in T20 matches.

Batsman matches – Imaginary duels are formed between the betting provider and the batsman with the highest number of runs wins the duel.

Dead Heat – Dead heat is when there are two or more number of winners. If there are two batsmen with the same number of runs, this rule is applied and then the value of the bet is divided into half.

Draw no Bet – This only happens when there is a possibility of the match ending in a draw. There is a possibility of only two outcomes in this market.

Futures – Here, the betting happens on an event which will take place in the future.

Hedging – Here, the betting provider places the wagers on the other side. This is done to cut losses if the original bet is lost.

Highest opening partnership – A market which deals with the team fielding the opening partnership with highest runs scored.

Lock – When a bet is predicted to be easily won.

Man of the Match – Is the individual players who performs the best.

Most match sixes – Prediction based on which team will hit the most sixes.

Most run-outs – The team which is able to take most run-outs whilst fielding.

Over/Under – A bet on the total score of a team will be more/less than the betting providers.

Point spread – A market where a team is most likely to beat their opponent on the basis of strength.

Series score – Betting on the possible outcomes of matches yet to happen, in a single series.

Team to make highest first 6 Overs – The team which scores the highest total runs in the first six overs.

To win the match – Betting on the team to most likely win.

To win the toss – Betting on the team to most likely win the toss.

To win Outright Betting on a team competing in more than one match.

Top match batsman – Betting on both teams’ batsmen with the most runs in a match.

Top team batsman – Betting on a batsman of one team, with the highest runs.

Top team bowler – The bet’s on the bowler who takes the most wickets.

Underdog The bet’s on the team which is expected to lose the match.

Value – Getting the best odds on a bet.

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