ODI Betting

One Day Internationals are a regular part of the international cricket calendar, with most teams playing between 20 and 30 matches a year. These matches are played as part of a bilateral series between two teams, as small tournaments involving three of four teams, or larger events such as the ICC Cricket World Cup or the ICC Champions Trophy. One Day Internationals (ODIs) offer a great range of betting options for both the casual and committed cricket gambler.

Outright Bets

The most straightforward bet in a ODI is, of course, on the result. Expect to see reasonably close prices in matches between the top teams. The draw (or tie) is an extremely rare event in one day cricket, having occurred only 23 times in over 3,100 matches, and is sometimes offered in a separate market.

Prop Bets – Batting

A popular series of prop bets are those focused on highest run scorers. Markets are usually offered on highest match run scorer, and highest run scorer for each team. Closely related to individual highest run scorer are markets on partnership runs. These may be offered prior to the match on first partnership, and then on subsequent partnerships as part of the live betting.

Other types of batting prop bets include number of half-centuries, whether a century will be scored, and number of runs scored within certain periods of the game, such as the first 15 overs.

Prop Bets – Bowling

Bowling prop bets tend to be fewer in number than batting prop bets, but top wicket taker, for the match and for each team, as well as markets on whether any one bowler will take a five-for are sometimes available.

Prop Bets – Totals

A variety of prop bets can be classed as ‘totals’, and focus on the total number of a certain type of events, either in the match or by one of the teams. The most common is the total runs scored, but also includes markets such as total 4s/6s, total catches, total wides and so on.

Match Bets

Match bets, particularly between two batsman, are popular markets in ODIs, especially when one team is significantly stronger than another. This means that two batsman from the same team, or from opposing teams, can be played against each other, with prices available on who will score the most runs.

Live Betting

Live betting is popular and commonplace in ODIs. Markets for the result, total runs, and individual batsman will be available and fluctuate on an over-to-over basis. Markets are frequently available for number of runs in the following over or set of 5 overs.

How to Bet on One Day International Cricket

The range of markets for one day international betting is good, particularly in terms of live betting. A few good tips include:

• Know your stats: Precedent is important in ODIs, particularly in terms of total team scores, winning scores, and run chases at any particular ground. Make sure you have the basic data on previous ODIs at the ground in question.

• Form is critical: Unlike Test cricket, out-of-form batsman do not generally have the time to play themselves in during an ODI innings. An in-form batsman is more likely to carry good form into the next match and convert it into runs.

• Be ready to react: Whilst ODIs are not as frenetic as Twenty20, it still moves at a good pace. Live betting offers a great way to react to changes in tactics by either team. Be ready to react to these changes by keeping a close eye on live betting markets.

About One Day International Cricket

History of One Day International Cricket

The first international one day match was played in 1971 between Australia and England, and since then there have been over 3,000 one day internationals played.

Since 1971 the format of ODIs have changed and new features been introduced. The number of overs per team has fallen from 60 to 50, and a white ball is now used to allow day-night matches. Teams play in coloured uniforms and a range of fielding restrictions are in force throughout the game.

The number of countries eligible to play ODIs is greater than those eligible to play Test matches. Currently 16 teams have ODI status, and another 5 have previously been eligible to play ODIs. ODI status has also been given to teams comprising players from more than one country, such as an Africa XI.

Team Performances and Pedigree

One day cricket is particularly popular on the sub-continent, with India having played 765 matches, winning 49% of them. The teams with the leading win percentages are Australia and South Africa, with 62% of matches won. England, Sri Lanka and New Zealand are the least successful teams, with 48%, 46% and 43% winning records respectively. Sri Lanka’s recent record is much better, however, having won 56% of their matches since 1995.

Individual and Team Records

It is quite unusual for a team to score more than 300 runs in a game (this has only occurred 373 times in 6,000 innings) and scores above 350 have occurred on only 50 occasions. The highest team score is 443, scored by Sri Lanka against the Netherlands.

The highest individual score in a ODI is 200, scored by Sachin Tendulkar of India. Scores of over 150 are rare, with only 62 players having gone above that figure. The most wickets taken in an innings is 8, by Chaminda Vaas for Sri Lanka against Zimbabwe.