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Twenty20 cricket odds has betting appeal
Twenty20 World Cup Cricket has revolutionised the game and attracted the attention of punters worldwide looking to profit from cricket odds. Test matches will always appeal to some but, for the busy people of the 21st century, the Twenty20 format is an outright winner, contributing massively to the popularity of the sport and increasing its betting volumes across the globe.
The inaugural ICC World Twenty20 cricket tournament took place in South Africa in September 2007. India won, beating Pakistan by a nail-biting five runs in the final. The plan was to hold the World Twenty20 cricket every two years thereafter but various events resulted in the third tournament being held as soon as 2010. 2009 saw the second World Twenty20 held in England. Pakistan went one better than their previous record, beating Sri Lanka at Lords in the final.
Twelve teams contest the T20 Cricket World Cup, the Test playing countries and two qualifiers. In 2010, all the matches were held in the West Indies at just three cricket grounds, Bridgetown’s Kensington Oval in Barbados, Guyana’s Providence Stadium and Saint Lucia’s Beausejour Stadium in Gros Islet. It is the duty of the television companies to bring the Twenty20 action to the world as Beausejour Stadium had a capacity of just 20,000 with the Kensington Oval and Providence Stadium able to accommodate just 15,000. The rich will follow the tournament in person, the rest of us will watch it on television.
The tournament is contested using a format consisting of four groups of three teams. The groups for the 2010 tournament were announced back in July 2009 and were formed as follows: Group A – Pakistan, Bangladesh, Australia; Group B – Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Zimbabwe; Group C – South Africa, India and Afghanistan and Group D – West Indies, England and Ireland.
Points are awarded for each match within the Group and the subsequent Super Eight stage with two points being given for a win, one point for matches with no result and no points at all given if a team loses. At all stages of the tournament teams that tie (ie score the same number of runs) will play a Super Over to decide the winner.
The teams are ranked according to the following criteria in Super Eight and Group stages. Firstly on the higher number of points, secondly, on the higher number of outright wins, thirdly, (if the teams are still ranked equally) on the higher net rate of runs, fourthly (if still ranked equally) on the lower bowling strike rate and fifthly on the result of meetings in head to head matches.
The odds on offer in the T20 betting do not seem to follow the seedings awarded. In the 2010 seedings, Pakistan, previous winners and runners up, were top, followed by Sri Lanka (2), South Africa (3) and West India (4). England were the number six seed.
Prior to the start of the 2010 Twenty20, Australia were the favourites in the betting at 3-1 with South Africa snapping at their heels at 4-1. Next in the cricket betting were India at 9-2 and Sri Lanka at 11-2. Top seeds, Pakistan, were a generous sounding (if seedings are any indication at all) 7-1 with the West Indies enjoying the host nation’s advantage and odds of 10-1.
England were also being offered at 10-1 while Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Ireland were the big outsiders being offered at odds of 250-1, 250-1 and 500-1 respectively.
What are the options available in T20 betting?
There is certainly a lot cricket odds on offer than just betting for winning individual matches or the tournament. Prior to England’s match against Pakistan on May 6th, 2010, for example, there were markets for the top home batsman, the top away batsman, the highest first six overs, the total number of wides and boundaries in the match as well as the total number of sixes scored. You could also bet on the highest opening partnership and the fall of the first home and the first away wicket. There was also a market for the number of runs to be scored in the first over, the total number of match run-outs and the number of fifties to be scored. The sheer number of events on offer demonstrates that cricket betting has truly come of age.
It is only a matter of time before odds are being offered for the likelihood of the match being cut short by rain (Wimbledon style) as was the case in England’s earlier match against Ireland. It may have been early May in the Caribbean but the weather decided to get involved in the action too.
So how can you profit from World Twenty20 cricket odds?
There are some no-brainers that are worth remembering when it comes to placing a bet on the top batsman or the top bowler. It is no surprise, for example, that 80% of the top five scorers of runs were opening batsmen in the 2009 World Twenty20 held in England. There is no reason why the same principle should not apply going forward. He who bats first must have the greatest opportunity to bat the longest and score the most runs.
Similar basic principles can apply when it comes to spotting the top T20 World Cup bowlers. The ‘death’ bowlers not only have the opportunity to harvest batsmen who have abandoned defensive strategies but also have the benefit of the new ball.
In the 2009 Twenty20 in England, 60% of the top five bowlers were spin specialists. Whether or not that trend can be maintained in tournaments yet to come remains to be seen.
If you are looking for the top bowler or batsman in the T20 cricket, don’t forget to factor in their form on the local wickets before making your selection. Cricketers, like racehorses, perform better in some conditions than others.
Whatever market you choose and whichever selection criteria you favour it has got to make sense to have a bet on the T20 World Cup. If, as history unfortunately suggests, you are ultimately going to watch England get beaten in the game they are credited with creating, then soften the blow by making some money via some hopefully favourable cricket odds on the way.