Cricket is undoubtedly one of the most popular sports in New Zealand. Played at school level, at club level and professionally, a major game can attract thousands of visitors to the stadium with everyone else watching at home. It is also one of the most popular online sports betting markets, with Kiwi’s placing bets placed on local and international games.
Test, ODI’s and T20’s
For those who are new to the sport, it can be split into 3 main categories. This includes Test cricket, One Day and Twenty20. Test or 5-day is the oldest and most distinguished form of the game. A match is played over 5 days with each team having 2 batting and bowling sessions. Popular Test tournaments include the Ashes series and domestic test series.
One day or ODI is a shorter version of the game and is commonly referred to as limited overs cricket. This is the format used for the World Cup and many international series. With One Day games, each team has 50 overs in which to score as many runs as possible. They are also called day/night games as the games start around 10am and run into the night.
Twenty20 or T20 is the most modern of all the formats. The best sports betting brands in New Zealand will all offer wagers on T20. In this version of the game, each team has just 20 overs in which to score as many runs as possible. This results in wilder batting displays and action-packed games that usually come down to the last over.
One of the great things about cricket is that there is always plenty of action throughout the year. In New Zealand, the local Super Smash T20 tournament offers great sports betting opportunities. In Australia, there is the Big Bash League, which is also ideal. The Indian Premier League or IPL is possibly the largest and most prolific T20 tournament on the planet. Punters all over the world put money down on on IPL games during the IPL season.
Cricket offers a wide range of markets for both beginners and seasoned punters. For anyone just starting out, the easiest wager to place is the head to head or match bet. This is where you predict the winner of a particular match. With tournaments like the Super Smash, Big Bash League or IPL, it is also possible to place futures on which team will win the tournament.
When teams are unevenly matched, online and mobile sports betting sites will offer line or margin betting. This is where one team is given a virtual point advantage. Backing the favourite requires that they win by a certain margin. Similarly, the losing team must lose by a certain margin.
One can also place prop or exotic bets. These include predicting which team will score the most sixes or fours, which player will make 50 runs or a century, which bowler will take a 5-wicket haul and which side will take the most catches. There are so many fun ways to wager, and so many different formats of the game that getting in on the action is easy, especially online!