How does in-play cricket betting work?

How does in-play cricket betting work?

January 14, 2023

There isn’t a country in the world where cricket is more adored than it is in India. In fact, you could go even further than that by saying that it is worshiped by fans in the country who put everything on hold whenever their national heroes play. Essentially, what else would you expect from a nation that has had the privilege of watching the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Shikhar Dhawan, and Virat Kohli represent them? Indeed, India’s rich history of producing the world’s most entertaining cricketers has seen the country develop an unbreakable love for the sport.

Needless to say, with this unrivaled infatuation naturally comes a great deal of interest in everything that is connected to the game. One such trend that has taken off over the last few years is the advent of in-play cricket betting. Below, we’ll look into what it is and how it works. 

In-play betting explained 

In short, in-play betting is a market that lets you bet on a game of cricket whilst it is being played live. There are a few advantages to doing this way with the main one being that it allows fans to assess which way the game is going before they place their bets. So let’s say India is playing Pakistan and Babar Azam wins the toss and chooses to bat. Whilst the astute and incredibly smart Pakistani captain may be confident in his decision to bat first, you actually feel that India’s seamers will thrive in the bowling conditions on offer by taking a handful of early wickets.

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With in-play betting, you can back your hunch by observing the first few overs to see if the early swing and bounce that you predicted are there, once clearly evident, you can then place a bet on India winning, safe in the knowledge that the pitch is conducive to getting wickets quickly.

So, when Bumrah and co. begin skittling the Pakistanis soon thereafter, which leads to an emphatic win for India, you can feel an immense amount of satisfaction. 

The technology behind the phenomenon

Another point to consider with in-play betting is that new odds will be calculated as the game progresses based on which team is in the ascendency. So let’s say India was at 3/1 to win pre-match but as their opening bowlers cut through the Pakistani batting lineup, these opening odds will naturally drop in favor of Rohit Sharma’s men winning according to the status of the match. This may prompt you to ask how bookmakers are able to use such an advanced system that provides odds in real-time. 

It’s a good question and revealingly, is also why there is a growing demand for the very latest sports betting software that bookmakers can use to keep their operation ahead of their rivals by offering their clients a revolutionary way to bet. For instance, one of those companies in demand is Sportingtech who are a leading iGaming online platform provider that offer over 35,000 live events per month to bookmakers who use their software.

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The point to keep in mind here is that the more state-of-the-art the software, the better experience bettors are going to have when it comes to betting on cricket live which is why there is a clamor for the most sophisticated in-play betting options.

In a nutshell, that is how in-play betting on cricket works and why it is one of the most sought-after markets around owing to how innovative the technology behind it is.


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