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The top team batsman is the batsman who scores the most runs for a particular team during the course of a match. In most cricket matches the highest scorers will be the opening batsmen, but teams might sometimes have high scoring players lower down the order. In addition, the format of the match might have an impact. In a T20 match, for example, opening batsmen trying to score high numbers are more at risk of being bowled out, while those who bat later will be chasing a total and may pile on the runs to meet it.
A bet placed on top team batsman can apply to an innings, an individual match or an entire series. It’s vital that this is clarified when the bet is made, and also that the bet isn’t placed on top match batsman, as this includes players for both teams, and not just the team you’ve chosen to bet on. It’s probably wise to wait until the line ups have been announced to make a bet of this kind, as a player not batting because they’ve been dropped, or have been shifted down the order, instantly means that it is a losing bet. There are usually conditions applied to a top team batsman bet, as there are to top team bowler bets. These usually include a minimum required number of overs, unless the team is bowled out, and the fact that if two players score the same number, the result will be declared a dead heat.
In the event of a dead heat, the initial stake will be halved, and the bet paid out on that basis. For example, a successful £10 bet on Joe Root to be top team batsman at 3/1 will pay out £40 – a profit of £30 – if he is top scorer with 122 runs. If, however, Alex Hales also scores 122 runs, the result will be declared a dead heat, and the bet will return £20, a profit on only £15.