There are a number of different formats of cricket – test match, one day international and Twenty20 – and this gives a lot of scope for choice of bet when it comes to making a selection. Match runs refers to the total amount of runs made in a particular match. This can be the total for both teams, a single team or even an individual player.
The betting markets are fairly similar across all formats of cricket – taking into consideration the specific rules for the particular style of play – and match runs can be applied to them all.
Whether a bettor is selecting the match runs for a player or for the whole game they will usually be able to choose within a range of runs. For example, they could think that there will be 390-400 runs scored in the match and place their stake accordingly.
Another way of betting on match runs that has become more popular in recent years is choosing over/under or opting for a sell on a spread betting site.
Although there are very detailed and fast-paced cricket markets to choose from, the match runs bet is ideal for bettors who are just starting out placing wagers on the sport.
Trying to predict the amount of runs made in a match can be quite hard, as sometimes the batsmen will be looking to set their own records. Former England captain Graham Gooch scored the highest number of runs in a match when he notched 333 and 123 in two innings against India in 1990. Whereas Sri Lanka scored the highest total in a single innings in 1997 when they got 952 – also against India.
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