What is Twenty20?
Twenty20 is a shortened form of cricket which is also known as T20 cricket or a 40 over match. During the course of a Twenty20 match, each team will bat for a single innings consisting of 20 overs. The fact that each team will only face a maximum of 120 deliveries means that the batsmen in Twenty20 matches tend to take an aggressive approach, risking dismissal in an attempt to score runs as quickly as possible.
How is Twenty20 Used in Sports Betting?
A Twenty20 match offers the same range of betting options as One Day Internationals and Test Matches. Bets can be placed on the overall result, the man of the match, the number of run outs and no balls, as well as how many wickets a particular bowler will get or the number of runs scored in the first over. Although the rules surrounding the bets are the same as for the longer forms of cricket, the different approach taken in Twenty20 matches should be borne in mind when deciding which bets to place.
The fact that fielding positions are restricted during the first six overs, combined with the need to build a big score quickly, means that batsmen are encouraged to go for boundaries early and take chances that they would normally avoid. In addition to this, the fact that the matches are over quickly means that the wicket doesn’t have time to deteriorate, removing the advantage usually to be gained from batting first in a match. These features of Twenty20 cricket should inform any in-play betting decisions, as should the fact that team which bats second will often bat more aggressively when chasing a total through the final few overs. Following the action very closely is likely to pay dividends when placing bets during a Twenty20 match. If a batsman fails to score for several deliveries, for example, there’s an increased chance that the next delivery will result in either a boundary or a wicket.