Cricket has an estimated fan base of around 2.5 billion people world-wide. The only sport to beat that is football with around 3.5 billion fans, which makes cricket the second most popular sport in the world. Many of these fans originate from India and Pakistan; countries, where 1/5 of the world’s population lives. Apart from the countries in South Asia, cricket is also a popular sport in Australia and the UK, where it is the official national sport of England. And Unibet are proudly the official sponsors of Warwickshire CCC.
In this guide to cricket betting we will give you the cricket rules in short, explain the different bet types that we offer our players, and give you our best tips on how to bet on cricket.
When betting on sports, it’s vital to know exactly what you’re betting on and to do that, you should know the rules of the specific sport. Cricket rules may seem complex, but we’ll give you a short and easy explanation on how to play cricket.
Cricket is a bat-and-ball sport played in 1-2 innings on a field with two teams of 11 competing. The innings can be limited by either time or overs in different forms of game play, such as T20 Cricket (20 Overs for 1 Inning), One Day Cricket (40/50 Overs for 1 Inning) and Test Cricket (No limits for Overs). The main target in cricket is to get points by scoring the most runs in the game. Runs are scored by batsmen hitting the ball long enough to cross the boundary, or by the two batsmen managing to run to the opposite side of the pitch without getting dismissed. You can score runs when you’re a part of the batting team, and you try to limit the number of your opponent’s runs when you’re in the fielding team. This happens by dismissing the batsmen. There are three stumps with two bails on them (called the wicket) behind the batter, which the bowler will try to knock down to dismiss the batter.
There are several different methods of dismissal in cricket. The three most common ones are:
‘Bowled’ – the bowler throws the ball and it hits the stumps and at least one bail falls down from the top of the stumps.
‘Caught’ – the batsman hits the ball and it’s caught by one of the opponent’s before it hits the ground.
‘Leg before wicket’ (LBW) – the ball is stopped by a part of the batsman’s body, stopping the ball from hitting the stumps.
Once the fielding team has dismissed 10 of their opponent’s batsmen, the teams switch places, i.e. the teams take turn to bat and to bowl.
Cricket Betting Tips
Betting on match odds is the most popular and common type of cricket betting. This includes both the 1X2 betting model and Head to Head (H2H). When betting on the 1X2 betting model, you simply place a bet on the home team to win (1), the teams to draw (X), or the away team to win (2). Betting on Head to Head decreases the number of potential outcomes to two, as you bet on either one of the teams to win. If the game turns out to be a dead heat (draw), the dead-heat rule applies, where the pay-out will be calculated after the odds are divided and multiplied by the stake.
We also offer Double Chance betting and Draw No Bet – Match Odds betting to our players. In Double Chance betting, you win on two possible outcomes and you can bet on 1X, X2 or 12. When betting on Draw No Bet – Match Odds, you will get your stake back if the game ends in a draw.
Before every game there’s a coin toss on which team will bat first. To bet on the Toss Winner is another popular bet type within cricket betting, where you simply bet on who you think will win the coin toss pre-game.
Besides the different bet types that we’ve mentioned, you can find a bunch of other betting models to bet on, such as Totals, where you can place a bet on over/under Total Runs, Total 4s-6s, Total Run Outs, Total Wides, Total Opening Partnership and a lot more. Outright betting on Top Bowler or Top Batsman are also popular choices when it comes to cricket betting, along with betting on the Correct Score.
At Unibet you’ll also find Series Betting and Season Bets in cricket, which will make it extra interesting to follow your favourite team throughout the series or the season. When you watch live cricket along with billions of other fans across the world, you can easily access our live betting section to place an In-Play bet while the game is underway, to add even more excitement to the game!