How to Bet on Cricket: Rules of the Game and Basic Strategies for Betting

Cricket is not widespread in Russia but is rapidly gaining popularity in the world. Cricket tournaments are held in Great Britain, Australia, Canada, the Asian region, and the Gulf countries.

Bookmakers offer pre-match and live betting on cricket. The share of live bets is about 70%.

The Basic Rules of Cricket -contact team game using a ball and bat.

The standards of cricket have been set and revised since the late 18th century by the Marylebone Cricket Club, a London society founded in 1787. The code of rules includes a description of the ethics of the game and the structure of the match, sections with requirements for the pitch and equipment, the composition of teams and umpires, scoring, and other nuances.


  • The meeting is held on an oval grass field 130-150 m long, in the center of which there is an earthen rectangle – pitch.
  • The end areas of the pitch are symmetrically divided into zones by marking lines – crises.
  • Parallel to the short boundary of the pitch on each side at a distance of 120 cm and 240 cm are bowling and popping crises.
  • Bowling crease – a line in the center of which a wicket of 3 vertical wooden posts with unfastened lintels on top – bails is installed.
  • Popping Kriz – a line that separates a rectangle with a wicket in the middle from the free central area of the pitch.
  • Parallel to the long pitch boundary are 4 return curves 240 cm long, which limit the movement corridors for the pitcher.

Game Description

The object of the duel is to score more points, or wounds, than the opponent. Athletes use a leather-covered cork ball and wooden bats.

The main roles of the players are:

  • bowler;
  • batsman;
  • Wicketkeeper.

The clubs alternate between being the pitching and batting side. Athletes of the attacking team come on the field in full and play against 2 batsmen of the opponent, who take places on the pitch.



The bowler of the pitching team makes a throw from the outfield to the opposite edge of the pitch to the opposing batsman. The fielders catch the batted ball by any available means to earn wounds. After 6 innings, a change of bowler is conducted, and a new over is started.

The batsman’s task is to bat against the pitch, send the ball as far as possible, and run to the opposite end of the pitch in time to bring points to the batting side. The rules provide for situations in which a batsman is out, such as destroying a wicket or an opponent catching a batted ball before it hits the ground. If the batted ball reaches the boundary of the pitch, the batsman’s team is awarded points.


Before the start of the game, a coin toss is held between the captains. The winner chooses whether his team will bat first – pitching from the outfield or standing on the pitch.

Substitutions are allowed in cricket. The substitute athlete cannot perform some of the functions of the main participant: playing for the captain, guarding the wicket, pitching, and batting. The substitute may catch the ball or make a run in place of the batsman.


The length of the match depends on the level of the tournament. A short game of 1 inning lasts about 3.5 hours. International matches can last up to 30 hours: 5 days with 6 hours of play each.

There is a “follow-on” rule, a change of order that is used for games of 2 or more innings. Teams usually bat in the order of first-to-second-to-first-to-second. If the second team in the batting role scores too few points, the captain of the first club has the right to call “follow-on” and change the order to “first – second – second – second – first.”