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The match winner is the team in a game of cricket which ends up winning the match. The simple definition of a match winner is that it is the team which has scored more runs than the other team, while all the innings of the team with fewer runs have been completed. For a team to be a match winner usually demands a combination of a high batting score, a strong bowling attack and great fielding.
Choosing the match winner is the simplest form of cricket bet and usually the one which beginners to betting on cricket will want to try first. Making successful bets on the match winner demands a degree of research and understanding of the game, and a realistic grasp of what the strengths and weaknesses of the opposing teams are. The format of the match will make a difference as well, with the best Test Match teams often being not quite as strong playing One Day Internationals or T20 matches, and vice versa.
In some Test Matches, the draw will be the most likely result, and paying attention to the weather forecast could pay dividends, as bad weather is likely to limit the playing time of the match and increase the chances of neither team being able to create a winning position. The other aspects likely to pay a part in choosing which match winner to place a bet on include the state of the wicket- i.e. whether it favours a batting team or bowlers – and the form of the teams going into the match. The best advice on that front is to wait until the team line ups have been announced, as the presence or absence of a particular player could make a huge difference to the likely final result.