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Now you have the basics of the game sorted, there are a few more aspects you need to consider if you want to up the stakes. Tired of only betting on the outcome of the game? Then read on to find out the best and most exciting ways to bet on cricket.

In the previous article, the basics of the game were covered and the best ways to ease yourself into the world of cricket betting were examined. Now you are armed with your copy of the Wisden cricket almanac, a print-out of every single stat Cricinfo has to offer and a membership to your local cricket club, it is time to delve a bit deeper into the world of cricket betting.

As discussed before Cricket is a very detailed game, and while it may take a bit longer to understand and get to know the game, it means there are plenty of ways to bet your money, and if you are shrewd enough, to make some decent profit.

Throughout this article, the main reference point will be the current Cricket World Cup. Generally speaking, the same principle will apply to the other forms of the game, but they will be particularly relevant to the one-day game and the World Cup.

In-game markets

The wonders of modern betting allow you to bet on certain outcomes on an over by over basis. This is a potentially dangerous game to play but armed with the right knowledge and a little bit of luck you can win big.

Steer clear of how many no-balls can be bowled an over or how many run-outs will occur, these markets are generally the hardest to predict as they are the outcome of temperament, the amount of pressure surrounding a game or just downright luck usually, amongst the hardest of variables to gage.

Instead look at the more straight-forward markets like how many runs will be scored that over or how many boundaries. Cricket is amongst the most mentally challenging games out there and batsman will look to one thing; to keep the scoreboard moving as quickly as possible, especially in one-day games

You will have to gauge the context of the over and get to know the pattern of a game a little. If a couple of wickets have recently fallen then it is much more likely that the run rate will suffer as well as batsmen look to get their eye in before launching their attacks. For example, in the recent one-day match between India and England, Andrew Strauss and Ian Bell had been moving along at a rate of more than a run a ball. Both got out in quick succession and England only managed six runs from the next two overs as the rate halved.

Wait for wickets to fall and then go in, especially in the middle overs where teams generally look to tick over and consolidate rather than going for big runs and risk losing another wicket.

This information is also valuable when it comes to analysing the pattern of a game. The power play at the start of a game (more on them later) is usually a cue for teams to try and get the upper hand straight away while there are restrictions as to where the opposition captain can place fielders. The middle overs usually sees the introduction of the spinners as the game calms down slightly as both teams steady themselves before the manic rush for a big total in the last ten overs.

Watch a game or two without the intention of betting. What do you notice about how the game is being played? Obviously you have to take into consideration the quality of the batsman at the crease needs to be considered, but what else is happening? Does one batsman look to be struggling or succeeding against one type of bowling? Are the opposition rattling through their overs or trying to slow the game down because a batsman is doing so well against them?

As odd as it sounds, crickets is as much about pressure and mind games as anything else, so try and gauge the mood of the game before getting involved.

The old saying in cricket “one brings two” often rings true and as pressure builds batsmen or bowlers are likely to make mistakes soon after a wicket falls and the emphasis is on them to get the scoreboard moving. When England lost Strauss and Bell, both Paul Collingwood and Matt Prior departed soon after, and this is a prime example of pressure building from an opposition team when England were faced with a large target to chase down.

The power-plays

During the first ten overs of an innings, only two fielders are outside a thirty yard circle which surrounds the pitch and at least two must be in catching positions. This is known as power play 1. There are also power play 2 and power play 3 which are five over spells, with one taken by each captain when they feel necessary. In these two power plays there cannot be more than 3 fielders outside this circle but there are no rules on the amount of fielders in catching position.

With fielders restricted within a certain distance of the pitch, batsmen are encourage to hit over the top of the field and score boundaries, moving the score along and making the game more entertaining.

The introduction of this rule in 2005, which was later amended in 2008 opens up an interesting possibility for potential bets to be placed.

Sri Lanka and Australia are masters at exploiting the first ten overs then upping the run rate when either side calls for the next power plays. But it is not simply a matter of who can hit the ball the farthest, but who is the most intelligent in using them.

England have found themselves in trouble using the power plays recently. The batting side usually take a power play in the last ten overs as they look to add quickly to their score at the end of their innings, but England have repeatedly lost wickets and therefore momentum when they should be looking to add to their score quickly.

Look at the make-up of a side before attempting to bet on how many runs will be scored in a power play. India have a reputation for quality batsmen who play “proper” cricket shots rather than looking to hit long over the top, whereas a team like Australia, with Shane Watson opening the batting has a reputation for exploiting the power plays.

So research into how the pitch is playing again, if it has an even bounce and has decent pace, then a batsman is likely to get a better contact with the ball, while even the size of the ground is also important. Look at the bowler as well. South Africa opened their bowling against the West Indies last week with a spinner, virtually unheard of, and took the early wicket of dangerman Chris Gayle before he could make an impact, so there are variables, which need to be looked at.

If the bowler is swinging the ball (movement laterally through the air) then runs will be hard to come by. Listen out for the commentators; usually ex-pro’s who know a thing or two and if they give any indication of how the pitch is playing or if the bowler is moving the ball at all, take note.

With cricket betting, similar themes begin to emerge. There is no short cut, no magic trick out there that will help you make millions. With so many variables and with such an emphasis on the mental aspect of sport, cricket can become a dangerous sport for those who like to bet. It is easy to get embroiled in counting how many steps the bowler is taking or how nervous the batsman looks, but try and avoid the pit-falls of over analysing a game which is the source of constant speculation. Take in a few games, enjoy the ebb and flow of a game and when you have a feel for it, then go for it, it is meant to be fun after all.

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