What is a One Day International?
A One Day International is a form of cricket match in which each team has one innings limited to a specific number of overs, namely 50. Each bowler is only allowed to bowl 10 of those overs, which means that each One Day International team has to be able to call upon five players capable of bowling effectively. The main aim of One Day International cricket is to score runs as quickly as possible rather than, as in Test Cricket, building a score slowly whilst ensuring the batsman doesn’t get out.
How is a One Day International Used in Sports Betting?
All of the bets which can be placed on a Test or T20 cricket match can also be placed on a One Day International match. These include bets such as fall of next wicket, runs during the first over and the number of wickets a bowler will take. The main difference lies in the game itself which, because of the emphasis placed on attacking play and other tweaks such as powerplays and fielding restrictions, encourages in play betting which takes advantage of shifts in the power balance during the match.
During the first 10 overs of a One Day International, for example, the fielding team is only allowed to have two players fielding outside a circle 30 yards from the wicket. Between overs 11 and 40, four fielders are allowed to field there, and in the final 10 overs it will be 5 fielders. This will obviously impact upon the way batsmen approach their innings and, in particular, on the likelihood of a wicket falling. The loosening of fielding restrictions in the final 10 overs, coupled with the fact that this is when the second batting team in particular is likely to be chasing a total, means that wickets and boundaries are both more likely, and in play bets should be placed to take advantage of this.