Cape Town – So you’re
interested in taking a bet
on the IPL but you don’t know where to start. With the games coming thick
and fast and hundreds of pre-match and live in-play betting markets to consider
it can be overwhelming. That’s where we come in.
Here at BET
Central, we’ve spent the first few weeks of the tournament testing a number of
different strategies. IPL may be an art, but betting on IPL is a most
definitely a science.
at the BET Central Laboratories have tested a number of different theories
through the duration of the tournament and we present them to you here for the
first time. You can thank us later.
unders, back the chase.
philosophy and the most effective. In T20
cricket betting, you are able to wager on how many runs will be scored by
the batting team. These markets come in many different forms, but for this
strategy all you need to know is the 6-over and innings markets. During the
first six overs, teams tend to go hard. With this in mind, it is always wise to
back the batting team to score over the projected run-line.
However, once the six over powerplay is up, the fielder’s drop back and runs
tend to dry up. This means wickets and what might’ve looked like a 200+ total
after six overs quickly becomes a 180 innings, so backing the unders innings
run-line is often the correct play.
Finally, chasing teams have won 57% of games this season. Considering odds are
generally higher on the chasing team, there’s value to be found.
The toss is important,
but not everything
The team who won the toss won the first five
matches of IPL 2018. However, the toss hasn’t proved as decisive as previous
years. Teams that have won the toss have gone on to win 55% of matches, which
suggests losing the toss isn’t as fatal to a team’s chances as one may have
CSK have made the most of winning the toss, while Mumbai and RCB have struggled
when having the pick of things. Read into that what you will, but having the
experience of MS Dhoni at the helm certainly looks to have played a part in
Make use of
the strategy breaks
Strategy breaks aren’t only useful for the
players. Rather than spending the two and a half minutes watching television
adverts, you can spend the time planning your angle of attack. The breaks are
notorious for breaking the concentration of batsman, often resulting in a
wicket in the first over after the break. Thankfully, you’ll be ready and
waiting to take advantage.
Spin vs Pace
One of the most
important facets of betting on the IPL is the composition of the teams and the
head-to-head battles that occur in every match. Chris Gayle’s performance this
year is a prime example of a batsman preferring a certain type of bowling. The
West Indian has feasted on leg-spinners in IPL 2018, smashing 79 runs off 33
balls without losing his wicket. Look for mismatches on both sides,
left-handers vs off-spinners or big-hitters that like the ball to come on a
Know your grounds
With a wealth of data on sites like CricInfo,
it’s easy to check up on previous results on particular grounds. Not all
grounds are built the same. The Feroz Shah Kotla Ground in Delhi has an
extremely short boundary square of the wicket, meaning higher scores and more
sixes. You can use this to your advantage. Other things to look out for include
results of chasing teams, whether the pitch favours spin or pace and the pace
of the outfield. The more you know, the higher your chances of finding a
Now you know how it all works, you can get involved in BET.co.za’s
Premium Cricket markets.