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Betting On One Day Cricket: An Introduction

One Day cricket, also know as List A cricket for domestic statistics purposes, was the sport's first shortened version of the game away from the traditional four/five day length of a match. Created to ensure spectators could watch an entire match unfold within a day, its popularity is still high amongst spectators based upon the high volumes of crowds that flock to watch the version both domestically and internationally.

Each side gets to bat for a set maximum amount of time (usually 50 overs, but this can vary in domestic cricket) with the winner naturally being the team that scores the most runs. Each team is made up of 11 players, with 10 wickets a side and 6 balls bowled per over. In One Day International cricket (ODI) matches are played as 50 overs a side.

Like in T20 cricket, captains have fielding restrictions placed upon them where by they have to have a certain amount of players stationed inside an inner fielding ring that is 30 yards from the batting crease. In ODI's these rules are ever changing, as the games governing body tries to find the perfect balance between bat and ball. Currently captains in ODI's are only allowed to have two of nine fielders stationed outside the inner ring inside the first 10 overs. This is known as the powerplay. This number can increase up to four fielders between overs 11-40 and then a fifth fielder is allowed outside the inner ring for overs 41-50.

As we say, these rules do seem to change every few years and all domestic One Day cricket games have differing rules and regulations in regards exact number of overs, fielding restrictions plus in some cases, mandatory catching positions are enforced.

One Day cricket has been criticised in the past as being slightly formulaic. Whilst this may or may not be the case, there are certainly trends that the average one day cricket game will usually consist of.

In an ODI we can expect the first 10 overs, what with the above mentioned powerplay, to be weighted towards the batting side. In the average ODI this period will encourage boundaries to be hit, as batsmen are encouraged to take a more riskier approach in the powerplay to ensure the fielding restriction placed upon a fielding side is capitalised upon. Two fielders outside a 30 yards circle really isn't enough for even the best fast or spin bowlers in the world to protect a flow of runs if the surface and conditions don't offer any assistance. You can expect at least 60 runs to be scored during these opening gambits, as sides batting first see a run a ball as a bare minimum requirement during this period.

What historically then happens in overs 11-40 is a period of consolidation as sides look to keep wickets in hand for a final assault in the final 10 overs. This is partly down to captains being allowed those extra two men outside the inner ring, meaning shots played aerially that would have previously landed safe, could easily go straight to hand.

The final 10 overs often sees batting sides with wickets in hand and set batsmen at the crease cause utter carnage for fielding sides, captains and bowlers. Boundaries, both fours and sixes, are more common than dot balls as this death over section of an innings can easily see batting sides score at 12-15 runs an over.

The flip side to not having wickets in hand or a set batsman at the crease means batting sides can struggle with a final push at the end of an innings. Fielding sides can contain batting units even in those death overs, in particular when two new batsmen are at the crease.

These are very much basic cricket betting tips and should be used as a guideline only for your cricket betting predictions. Punters should be aware that those 11-40 consolidation overs are becoming less regular as set batsman look to continue to be aggressive throughout their innings, with some boundaries simply not big enough to contain a confident, positive-minded batsman.


1 - Betting On One Day Cricket Online
2 - One Day Cricket Betting Odds Explained
3 - One Day Cricket Value Bets
4 - One Day Cricket Betting Explained
5 - Best One Day Cricket Betting Strategies
6 - One Day Cricket Betting Spreadsheet
7 - Selecting A Bookmaker For One Day Cricket Betting
8 - One Day Cricket Free Bets & Bookmaker Offers
9 - One Day Cricket Live Streaming
10 - Following One Day Cricket Betting Tips

1 - Betting On One Day Cricket Online

Domestic One Day cricket can traced back to the early 1950's in India as a local secretary of the Kerala cricket board came up with the idea of a 50 over a side based event, named the All India Pooja Cricket Tournament. Domestically it really took off as a serious entity when the English counties started playing an annual competition called the Gillette Cup in 1963. These matches were played as 65 over a side matches, reduced the year after to 60 overs. In this day of age where 90 overs a day is a struggle for Test match sides to complete, the thought of 130 overs played out in one day is hard to believe.

The first ODI was played out in Melbourne in 1971 between Australia and England. A Test match between the two sides was all but washed out, so the two boards decided to play a one off 40 over a side match, with 8 balls to be bowled per over.

ODI cricket was born and with it the first ICC One Day Cricket World Cup was hosted by England in 1975. It wasn't played as the ODI game that we know to this day, as matches were played without fielding restrictions, players wore white clothing and matches were played with a red ball.

Kerry Packer

It was the intervention of an Australian media-mogul named Kerry Packer that changed the appearance of limited overs cricket back in 1979. Packer, frustrated at his Channel Nine TV network not being awarded full rights to Australia Test matches, set up his own rival cricket league called World Series Cricket (WSC) Disgruntled, under-paid current and recently retired international cricketers signed up to Packer's WSC league and with it the face of limited overs cricket changed forever.

Packer not only introduced coloured clothing to cricket, he also hosted a number of matches under the impressive canopy of floodlights. With this he had to introduce the concept of a white ball, needed so the batsmen, fielders and spectators could actually see the ball under lights. It took a while for the international sides to cotton on to Packer's vision that still very much exists to this day – the first Cricket World Cup to be played with coloured clothes and a white ball wasn't until 1992 when Pakistan famously beat England in the Final in Melbourne, some 21 years after ODI cricket had been born.

Run rates in both domestic and international One Day cricket matches are unrecognisable from those early days. Even as recently as that 1992 World Cup, David Boon took 166 balls to compile a century for the hosts against India. In the same event Ramiz Raja took 157 balls to score a ton for Pakistan against the West Indies. Whilst these are the slowest One Day International hundreds, the quickest came in 2015 when AB de Villiers smashed a hundred in just 31 balls against a West Indian side at Johannesburg!

Faster scoring rates have also allowed several batsmen to pass 200 in a 50 over ODI. The highest score in One Day cricket played between the international sides currently stands at 264, made by India's Rohit Sharma. Incredibly Sharma owns a second ODI double hundred, amazing given there have only ever been five in total.

Undoubtedly the most popular tournament for cricket punters to bet on is the Cricket World Cup. Hosted every four years, this event has come under criticism in the past for being slightly long winded. The 2015 World Cup was hosted in Australia and New Zealand and lasted just over six weeks. It was still extremely well supported with over 1 million people attending the 49 matches it took to complete the event. Perhaps the World Cup that springs to mind for most cricket fans and punters was the 2011 edition in which hosts India famously delighted their billions of supporters by winning on their own patch. As they were top of the one day cricket rankings and pre-event favourites, they made a lot of bettors very happy and much richer with their win, given many cricket betting tips guides suggested India as a reliable winning bet.

One Day Cricket is big business

The ICC Champions Trophy is a similar format to the World Cup, but only involves the top eight teams in the ODI rankings at the cut off point. This is also hosted every four years and continues to be popular, especially on the Asian sub-continent where 50 over ODI cricket still holds huge sway with the television audiences that bring in so much money for broadcasters through advertising partners. One Day cricket live TV is a huge business in this part of the world and despite calls for the Champions Trophy to be scrapped for a Test match championship, the television money-men ruled roost and the World Cups younger sibling appears to be staying put for the time being.

Each tour involving international sides practically always involves a batch of ODI's, usually held as a three, four or five match series. Given the demand, it isn't uncommon for India to host England or Australia in a seven match ODI series! Some countries, in particular Australia, are known to host tri-series. This involves the home nation and two touring sides playing each other in a round-robin league format before a one off final match decides who wins the trophy. This type of tournament can give punters a good chance given the ebb and flow nature of a tri-series.

Domestically, the UK host an annual 50 over One Day cricket event, currently called the Royal London One Day Cup. The England & Wales cricket board did turn this event into a 40 over a side competition recently, but this was soon scrapped as the format didn't mirror the one English players would encounter if they played at international level. This tournament is played at the back end of the English domestic season and is popular with punters as the matches broadcast live on television tend to be day/night fixtures, meaning sociable hours for the in-play bettor.

2 - One Day Cricket Betting Odds Explained

If you want bet on any sport, you must understand what betting odds are, and this is no different with betting on One Day Cricket. Betting odds reflect the chances of a given outcome occurring. This probability is often referred to as the 'implied probability'. Let's consider an example. Let's say that a New Zealand are at odds of 1.80 to win an upcoming One Day match against England.  At odds of 1.80, according to the bookmakers, New Zealand has a 55.6% chance of winning this match. The implied probability can be calculated as:

Implied probability = 1 / decimal odds

For more advice on betting odds and what they mean take a look at these articles:

How To Bet On Cricket: A Beginners Guide
How To Convert Odds To Probability
Betting Odds Explained

3 - One Day Cricket Value Bets

If you want to earn consistent profits betting on One Day cricket, you must only bet when there is value. What does this mean?  A value bet is when you consider the chances of an outcome to be higher than the probability implied in odds offered by a bookmaker.

Determining betting value requires a simple calculation:

Value = (Decimal Odds * Your Assessed Probability) - 1

So if we are offered odds of 1.80 (with an implied probability of 55.6%) for New Zealand to defeat England and we consider the chances of New Zealand winning to be 65%, then we have a value betting opportunity. Why? Well, because our assessed likelihood of New Zealand winning the match is greater than that implied in the bookmaker's odds.

For more information on betting value and IPL staking strategies, read the following articles.

How To Bet On Cricket: A Beginners Guide
What Is Value Betting?
How To Find Value Bets
Calculating The Perfect Bet Stake
How To Manage Your Betting Bankroll

4 - One Day Cricket Betting Explained

The most popular market in One Day cricket betting is predicting the match outcome. Two sides head-to-head, with the winner taking the spoils. You can either place a bet pre-match with any traditional bookmaker or wait for a potentially bigger price in play as outlined below in the One Day Cricket Betting Strategies section.

In ODI's you can bet on a number of markets in regards a teams batting performance. One such popular market is a rolling over/under runs line in which a bookmaker will set a certain number of likely runs a team will score in their 50 overs. If they lose a wicket or play out a couple of very low scoring overs, that line is likely to decrease. If a batsman hits a boundary then naturally that line will increase. The same also applies for individual batsman runs lines.

Pick your player or bet the lines

Generally we can expect a lot of boundary action in One Day Cricket. Online cricket bookies will often offer an over/under line of the number of fours or sixes a side will hit during their 50 over innings. Some sides are more adapt at hitting sixes than others, whereas other sides have weaker bowling attacks in which batting line ups have a better chance to attack successfully.

Highest 10 overs score (powerplay) is another market that often can give pre-match value. Some sides have opening batsmen that always look to hit boundaries no matter what the pitch or game scenario is, whereas another teams openers might look to be slightly more circumspect in say a lower run chase. Teams such as New Zealand are a great bet here as they always attack in the powerplay, no matter what.

Man of the match awards are handed out to players that naturally make a telling difference to the outcome of any given match. So often these are won by top order batsmen who ply their trade batting in the top four where they can bat for as long as possible, making a match defining hundred. Lower order hitters are good options for man of the match if we expect a low scoring match, where a quick-fire 50 off 25 balls could make all the difference between winning and losing.

5 - Best One Day Cricket Betting Strategies

There are a number of ways to find betting value in One Day cricket. Here we list the most important things to consider when placing your bets on T29 cricket.

Research Likely Conditions & Ground History

To learn cricket betting we must be clear in our minds as to what type of likely conditions the players will be facing for any individual match. Cricket, like no other sport, is dictated to by what conditions the match is played under. We are talking about everything from the pitch, to the outfield, the likely make-up of the opposition starting XI to of course the weather forecast. Will the pitch likely assist a certain type of bowler, such as a spinner, because the surface is expected to be dry? Will overhead conditions be cloudy, giving a potential advantage to swing or seam bowlers? Does the ground in question have a smaller than average playing area, meaning runs could come quickly in the shape of multiple boundaries. Does the ground in question favour batting first, or batting second in One Day cricket matches? For instance some grounds are harder to bat under floodlights in the second innings of the match because the ball swings for the bowlers in the night conditions. All of this information is readily available online and we suggest reading up on historical ground data through and using their statsguru page.

Be Aware Of X-Factor Players

Certain cricketers have that little bit extra about them. They can turn a seemingly impossible situation into a match winning one in a matter of overs. The introduction of T20 cricket has given ODI teams a new found confidence, particularly when batting. Nowadays teams never know when they are beaten and namely through individual big-hitting brilliance, no required run-rate is too high. If there is a renowned six hitting specialist at the crease, be aware that even 12-15 runs an over for 10 overs is more than attainable nowadays. Players such as Jos Buttler, MS Dhoni, Corey Anderson and AB de Villiers are just not frightened any more. Scoreboard pressure is no longer an issue. Likewise if you are betting on an 'unders' run market in play, be careful whenever there is a gun player such as the above at the crease. What might look a sound investment can soon turn sour in a matter of balls, as a flurry of boundaries at any given moment is the norm nowadays in ODI cricket.

Targeting Part Time Bowlers

So often captains will make do with four specialist bowlers in order to fit in the luxury of a seventh batsman. With bowlers limited to 10 overs each in ODI cricket, sides will often have to make do with two or three part-time bowlers making up the remaining 10 overs of an innings. Batting sides will often wait for these passages of play and attack the lesser skilled bowlers. Boundaries can be expected and with it of course comes an increased run-rate.

In Play Value

So often we can get better value cricket odds live in play than we do pre-match. Over the course of an ODI, there will be plenty of ebbs and flows in which a side could go from being a 1.75 favourite to a 3.50 outsider in the matter of a couple of overs. Generally batting sides will dominant the beginning and ends of any innings, with the fielding side striking back in those middle overs. Be aware a couple of quick wickets or fast runs in a short space of time will soon see those odds flip in favour of one side to another. The key is to know when to strike and place a bet to ensure we not only get a value bet, we also get a bet that can actually win!

6 - One Day Cricket Betting Spreadsheet

If you want to continually improve your betting then keeping a record of your betting results is a great way of achieving it. In keeping track of all your bets you will see where you are going right and what you are doing wrong. To help you, we have created the bettingexpert One Day cricket betting spreadsheet. It's free and you can download now.

Download the bettingexpert Cricket Betting Spreadsheet.

The bettingexpert Cricket betting spreadsheet is simple to use. First enter the tournament, series or match you are betting on, the date, the bet type, your stake, the odds and the bookmaker you have bet with. When the event is over, select either Win, Loss or Refund from the Result options and the spreadsheet will calculate your profit or loss while keeping a running total of your profit/loss plus your overall Cricket betting ROI. 

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7 - Selecting A Bookmaker For One Day Cricket

ODI cricket is an extremely popular format of the sport to bet online.

William Hill appear to offer the broadest spectrum of markets to bet on pre-match, and with their extensive One Day cricket live streaming on their website, you can place your bets in play alongside live pictures.

Bet Victor have a fine in play service with multiple over/unders run lines for you to bet on as cricket odds live in play change as the match unfolds. This includes both team and individual players total runs.

Skybet also deserve a mention as their odds tend to offer the best value for money within the marketplace. They also offer many multiple chance markets, such as top batsman on each sides doubles, plus the added bonus of many pre-match price boosts that can inflate the price of a result to be higher than the average market for that particular bet.

It's also important to consider a bookmakers reputation. Are they trustworthy? Are you able to withdraw winnings in quick time? Do they have numerous deposit methods? It's important to do your research before selecting a bookmaker for ODI betting. It's also important to consider their welcome bonus when signing up. Some bookmakers offer very generous sign up bonuses that are well worth taking advantage. But remember to read the welcome terms and conditions as what may appear an attractive offer at first glance, may not be so attractive when you consider the conditions that must be met in order to withdraw your bonus as cash.

If you're wondering which bookmaker might best suit your ODI betting needs and which offer the best welcome bonuses, refer to our detailed list of bookmaker reviews.

8 - One Day Cricket Free Bets & Promotional Offers

Paddy Power cricket are known for their excellent one off offers and it isn't unusual for them to offer money back specials for any narrow losing cricket betting tips. One such recent offer was during an ODI between South Africa and England where any losing pre-match bet would be refunded if the match was decided in the final over of the match. A very generous offer bearing in kind this covered all of their markets.

Ladbrokes cricket are also known for offering money back specials throughout One Day cricket series. Previously they offered money back on any pre-match bet if an England player scored a century during the series. This must have been during a time when England were struggling in the ODI format as this could be a very costly offer for a bookie!

William Hill meanwhile have been known to offer money back as a free bet if your player is dismissed by being caught during a certain ODI. This is a great offer as being caught is the most common dismissal in all forms of cricket.

To see a detailed list of all current free bet and bookmaker promotions available, please refer to our Bookmaker Free Bets page. Everything you need to know about free bets and bookmaker promotions.

9 - One Day Cricket Live Streaming

You can often find One Day cricket live online for free at a number of bookmakers. ODI cricket live from countries hosting matches in Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Pakistan (UAE) and Bangladesh are nearly always streamed as there aren't the strict contracts in place between the sides governing boards and the television companies that exist in England or India. In this case Ten Sports own the rights to matches in the above countries, meaning punters worldwide can watch One Day Cricket live streaming on Ladbrokes throughout the year due to a packed ODI cricket schedule.

Read our guide to bookmaker live streams to learn more about this increasingly popular and useful feature.

10 - One Day Cricket Betting Tips

Finding profitable One Day betting tips and predictions is never easy as we would like. We have all seen any number of cricket tipsters promoting daily One Day cricket betting predictions. But the question you should ask is which of these expert tipsters are truly profitable and which of these tipsters are the frauds? At bettingexpert we believe in full transparency. When you visit our cricket betting tips page, you will see each of the current cricket betting tips available as well as each tipster's overall betting record, their ROI% and their profit/loss.

For all the latest One Day cricket betting tips and predictions, visit our cricket betting tips page. Or perhaps you consider yourself a One Day tipster? In that case, sign up with bettingexpert now, start posting your cricket tips. Not only is posting regular cricket tips a great way of improving your cricket betting, but you'll also be in the running for monthly cash prizes. Sign up with bettingexpert today.

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