Last Updated on September 18, 2022
Fact checked by: Jesse M Cox
A T20 match is a shortened form of cricket which is sometimes referred to as Twenty20 cricket or 40 over cricket. During the course of a game, each team will bat for just one innings lasting for 20 overs, which is 120 balls. The main difference between T20 and Test cricket is seen in the approach taken by the batsmen, which is to play aggressively in an attempt to score a high number of runs as quickly as possible.
T20 cricket matches offer all of the betting options available for longer forms of the cricket, such as One Day Internationals and Test Matches. That means bets are available on aspects of the match such as the runs scored in the first over, the number of run outs and no balls, the overall result and the man of the match. Just because the actual bets may be the same doesn’t mean they should be placed in the same manner, however, as the shorter format presents different aspects to be borne in mind.
To begin with, the fact that the match doesn’t last long enough for the wicket to deteriorate means that the traditional advantage to be gained from batting first often doesn’t apply. There are also restrictions placed on the field positions during T20 matches, particularly during the first six overs, and this encourages batsmen to go for boundaries and take chances they might otherwise avoid. The same is often true toward the end of an innings, particularly for the team which bats second, and these factors can be used to engage in successful in play betting. Many bookmakers also offer a predicted run total for each team, which will shift as the inning develops, offering bets above or below the given total.
Following the game closely and betting quickly is also likely to pay dividends when betting on T20 cricket. After several deliveries which don’t result in any runs, for example, a batsman is likely to be much less cautious, and this increases the likelihood of a boundary or wicket from the next ball.