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All cricket matches, whether Test matches, One Day Internationals or T20 matches are divided into overs, which are units of six balls being bowled. The scoring system used in cricket means that overs offer various opportunities for betting, from the number of no balls delivered in an over to the number of wickets taken. First over odd or even is one of the possible bets.
A first over odd or even bet is what might be termed a coin toss bet. That is to say that there are very few indications which can be used to gauge the likely number of runs a batsman will score during the first over of a match. If a batsman is in particularly good form, and research shows that the wicket at this ground should be easy to bat on, then it might be safer to bet on a higher rather than lower number of runs, but whether this figure will be odd or even is a much more random issue. The one slight exception to this would be a game of T20 cricket, in which aggressive batting is used to rack up high scores as quickly as possible. Given the fielding restrictions in place during the first 6 overs of a T20 match, limiting the fielding side to only 2 fielders outside the 30 yard circle, the chances are that a batsman will hit out to score as many boundaries as possible. Since runs of 4 and 6 will both add up to an even total, the bet on first over even might make slightly more sense. For more experienced bettors, a bet on first over odd or even will probably not seem to be worth making, bearing in mind the degree to which it relies on issues of chance. For those new to sports betting, on the other hand, it could prove to be an enjoyable introduction to placing a bet and seeing it win or lose quickly in real time.