Betting Strategy for Twenty20 (T20) Cricket
As T20 cricket is the shortest of the major international formats, there may be some tweaks to the betting strategy compared to ODI or Test matches. Betting sites may treat wagers on T20 markets differently too. Different rules can be applied in terms of how they are treated in the event of a shortened match. These can be different between bookmakers too so double-checking the exact rules regarding your particular selections is advised. We’ll regularly explain more about strategy in our free betting tips on cricket competitions. Understanding different elements of the sport will help on course to making smarter bets.
Check on recent T20 results at the ground
Understanding the recent scoring trends at the ground in question is useful when betting on T20 matches. It’s not the only factor that impacts the potential run totals of course, but having an idea of how easily it’s been for the batsman or bowlers is a good starting point. Some grounds are historically high-scoring while others tend to see more low-scoring clashes.
Fielding restrictions in T20 cricket – how do powerplays work?
Unlike Test matches, there are fielding restrictions in T20 cricket. The first six overs is generally designated as a powerplay for the batting side. In this portion of the match, a maximum of two fielders are allowed outside the 30-yard circle. For the remaining 14 overs of the innings, this increases to a maximum of five players. These powerplay stipulations assume a full 20 over a-side contest is taking place, they will be adapted in the event of a match being shortened for any reason.
The impact of no-balls in T20 matches
Shorter forms of cricket punish no balls more harshly than in a Test match. If a bowler oversteps during his delivery stride or the ball is above waist height, a no-ball will be called. This can also be the case if the bowling side isn’t adhering to the fielding restrictions in place. No balls in ODI and T20 matches result in a free hit as well as the additional run added to the batting sides’ total. In the context of a 120-ball innings, bowling an extra delivery where the batsman has can’t be caught out can have a huge impact on the game.
What are the ground dimensions?
T20 cricket is designed to be a shorter, more action-packed encounter than longer cricket formats. With this in mind, sometimes the boundaries can be brought in significantly to encourage a high-scoring match. TV coverage of imagery from reliable sources can help inform bettors of the dimensions for the match in question. It’s also possible that the boundary to one side of the pitch being used is shorter than the other. Batting teams often target this shorter side in an attempt to get better value for their shots.
It’s also worth noting that over the course of a T20 tournament, different pitches as the competition progresses. A used pitch is usually less helpful to batsmen and is typically slower than a fresh one.
Be aware of the weather forecast throughout the match
While the average T20 game takes just a few hours, the weather can still have a significant effect on the betting markets. If rain is expected at any stage during the match then the captain winning the coin toss is likely to bowl first. Much like in the ODI format, knowing the total you have to chase in the second innings is seen as the preferred situation in a rain-affected clash.
What happens to your bets in the event of a shortened game?
Cricket betting sites will have their own rules on how different markets are settled in the event of adverse conditions shortening a game. In order for an official result to be reached, each side must bat for at least five overs. However, in the event of a reduction in overs, some firms may void all bets on markets such as run totals and boundaries. However, others may only void wagers in the event that a certain number of overs are lost. Checking on the exact rules from your betting site of choice is highly recommended, especially in the T20 format.
Are the conditions likely to change in the second innings?
Many T20 matches are played into and throughout the evening. This may result in dew on the outfield which can make bowling tricky in the second innings of the match. It can also mean the ball travels faster to the boundary on a slightly wet surface. It’s also good to have an idea of how the ball may behave differently under floodlights compared to the daylight that is present for the first innings.
In-play markets on T20 cricket are especially volatile
With just 120 balls in each innings, T20 cricket betting markets can be especially volatile. Patience is a highly valued attribute for players in the longer forms of the game whereas T20 players are expected to be aggressive in their approach. A wicket or boundary is a significant occurrence in any format, but none more so than Twenty 20. Knowing how quickly the balance of the match can shift is important when betting on T20s.