Cricket matches are divided into units of six bowling deliveries which are known as overs. The number of runs scored in a particular over is something which bets can be placed on, ranging from in play betting on the number of runs in the next over to a bet placed on what the total will be after the first over of six balls has been bowled.
Bets can be placed on the number of runs which a batting partnership will score during the course of a first over. Bookmakers will offer odds on a specific total or, and this is more likely, bettors can bet on a spread of numbers, backing the batsmen to score above or below a number of runs set by the bookmaker. Choosing the number to bet on will be a question of researching a variety of factors, such as the condition of the pitch and the form of the individual batsmen and bowlers. More seasoned cricket watchers will also be able to factor in the impact which weather conditions are likely to have on any swing bowlers opening the bowling. Perhaps the most decisive factor is the format of match being played. One Day International cricket and, to a greater extent, T20 matches, encourage batsmen to go for shots during the early overs and build up a big score as quickly as possible. The approach in Test matches, on the other hand, is likely to be more cautious, as bowlers go all out to claim an early wicket, and batsmen bat defensively to ensure they stay in to bat.
It should be noted that bets on the first over total will be void if the over is not completed, and that some bookmakers may have rules in place stating that such bets will be void if the number of overs in a limited overs match is reduced for any reason. Bettors are advised to check all terms and conditions before placing a bet.
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