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A first over highest score bet is one which attempts to predict the highest number of runs a team will score in the first over of the first innings of a match, the first over consisting of the first six balls bowled in the match. Other bets on offer for the first over include predicting whether the number of runs scored will be over or under a given number and how many runs will be scored off the first ball delivered in the first over.
Technically this is a fairly simple bet, with the bettor choosing which of the teams will get the most runs, or opting for the third option of the teams tying on the same score. When it comes to making the right choice, the sensible bettor will be one who studies aspects such as the condition of the pitch and the form of the opening batsmen and the bowlers they are facing. Since the identity of the team batting first may well have a bearing on the final outcome of the bet, it would probably be wise to hold off making a choice until the coin has been tossed and the choice of batting first or second made. A bettor might feel, for example, that the opening batsman of a particular team tends to fare less well on deteriorating pitches, and would therefore bet against that team achieving the highest first over score if it transpires that they are going to be batting second.
Bets can also be placed on the cumulative number of runs scored off the first over during the course of a series, and it should be noted that first over highest score bets will be declared void if either team fails to complete the first over.