The Vitality Blast T20 tournament returns this week with the action getting underway on Wednesday, June 9 with the competition coming to an end at Finals Day at Edgbaston on Saturday, September 18. BettingPro.com's Cricket experts have chosen their best bets from a selection of Vitality Blast matches. Take a look at these free cricket bets.
One day of rain seemingly spoiled the opening Test between England and New Zealand, they go at it again from Thursday at Edgbaston in the final Test of this mini-series. Will we see a winner, or will rain ruin this one as well?
There are plenty of cricket matches taking place over the next few months, and you can watch a selection of them live online. Bookmaker bet365 is offering all eligible customers the chance to bet on & watch live streams of a wide selection of cricket matches.
Bangladesh will be looking to claim a series whitewash over Sri Lanka when they meet at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.
England will play host to New Zealand in a two-Test match series at Lord’s and Edgbaston, and online bookmaker Sky Bet is now offering all new and existing customers the chance to back England to win the Test series 2-0 at a special price of 5/2, with winnings to be paid in cash!
Zimbabwe will be looking to level the T20 series against Pakistan in game two of their three-game series. Can the hosts level it up, or will Pakistan secure a series victory?
Sri Lanka are back on home soil when they take on Bangladesh in a two-Test match series. Will the hosts record a series win, or will the tourists create a massive upset?
South Africa are playing host to Pakistan in a four-game T20 series, and online bookmaker Bet365 is offering all eligible customers the chance to bet on & watch a live stream of all the games from the South Africa v Pakistan T20 series.
Pakistan lead this four-game T20 series against South Africa, and they will be looking to move a step closer to another series victory after taking the spoils in the ODI matches.
Fakhar Zaman scored an incredible 193 from 155 balls in defeat for Pakistan against South Africa in the second ODI, online bookmaker Sky Bet is now offering all new and existing customers the chance to back Zaman at a special price of 7/1 to score over a century runs in the third and final game, with winnings to be paid in cash!
The Indian Premier League (IPL)
The Indian Premier League (IPL) is the biggest club cricket competition and brings together the greatest players in the shortest format of the game. India’s cricket mad population will turn out in droves and pack out big stadiums to get a chance to see their favourite players take to the middle to utilise both bat and ball, and this always ends in fireworks.
The IPL is a round-robin competition that culminates in a knock-out stage and a final, and with 60 games to be played across the season, the peaks and troughs some teams are forced to enjoy and endure are incredible. Indian cricket’s poster boy Virat Kohli has been awesome across the IPL’s history, smashing a huge 5412 runs in 169 innings as he continues to prove just how good a T20 player he is, while Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga is the current all-time leading wicket taker in the IPL with 170 victims in 122 matches, with the pair becoming mainstays of the IPL since it’s creation back in 2008.
In 2020, even more English talent will be present across the tournament, with World Cup winning captain Eoin Morgan joining young-star Tom Banton at Kolkata Knight Riders, Moeen Ali will turn out at Royal Challengers Bangalore with Kohli and AB de Villiers, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer will all play for the Rajasthan Royals, Jonny Bairstow will be in the orange of Sunrisers Hyderabad, and Jason Roy and Chris Woakes will play for the Delhi Capitals. The English orientated talent in the competition has not been massive over the last few years but their exploits at the 2019 World Cup has seen the stock of the players rise massively to the point where many of their top talents have been able to secure lucrative deals in T20’s biggest club competition.
So, with this year’s competition just around the corner, you can get all of the latest betting tips and insight from our IPL tips page.
One Day International Cricket
One Day International Cricket is a shorter format of the game that only sees the two sides bat and bowl for 50 overs each. This format of the game is one that is more popular with those that enjoy cricket but do not have the patience to watch a five day Test match. 50 over cricket is completed within a single day and while it does leave time for batsmen to get themselves in and play defensive shots, there is a lot more attacking intent in the format as sides are forced to score quick runs and make big scores, with the ODI format now no longer a stranger to seeing 400+ runs scored in a single innings, something that seemed improbable even a few years ago.
While there are many ways to play ODI cricket spanning for international series to domestic matches, by far and away the biggest stage to play ODI cricket is the World Cup.
The Cricket World Cup
Like many sports, the World Cup is the biggest event in the calendar, and it is no different in cricket. The competition is played in the 50 over format with each of the teams in the competition (currently 10 as of the 2019 World Cup) playing each-other once before the top-four teams go through to the semi-finals, where first plays fourth and second plays against third. The winner of these two games then take on one-another in the final for the chance to lift the trophy.
The 2019 edition of the tournament brought with it some of the most exciting and unpredictable cricket seen, with the final summing this up perfectly in a day of the most tense and thrilling cricket seen on the 50 over circuit.
Having gone in to bat first, finalists New Zealand made 241/8 in their 50 overs and went about restricting tournament hosts England as they stumbled to 86/4 in the 23rd over. However, a fine partnership between Jos Buttler (59) and hero Ben Stokes (84 not out), helped England to close on 241 all out, with the scores level. The scores ending level saw the match go into a Super Over, where the teams are able to select three batsmen to score as many runs as possible in a single over. Stokes and Buttler smashed 15 between them meaning New Zealand had to score 16 to win by virtue of England’s superior boundary scoring in the final. Off the final ball of the Super Over with New Zealand needing two runs to win, Martin Guptill struck the ball towards Jason Roy at deep mid-wicket and, as he came back for what would be a match-winning second, the England player fired a clean and flat throw into Buttler behind the stumps allowing him to whip off the bails and run Guptill out, sparking wild celebrations for the English players and fans. The game itself was one of extreme drama and likely left many with some seriously chewed fingernails with the game touted as the greatest ODI final and match in the game’s history.
The History Of The Cricket World Cup
|Year||Host(s)||Final Venue||Winners||Result In The Final||Runners-Up|
|1975||England||London||West Indies (291/8)||West Indies won by 17 runs||Australia (274 All Out)|
|1979||England||London||West Indies (286/9)||West Indies won by 92 runs||England (194 All Out)|
|1983||England||London||India (183 All Out)||India won by 43 runs||West Indies (140 All Out)|
|1987||India Pakistan||Kolkata||Australia (253/5)||Australia won by 7 runs||England (246/8)|
|1992||Australia New Zealand||Melbourne||Pakistan (249/6)||Pakistan won by 22 runs||England (227 All Out)|
|1996||Sri Lanka Pakistan India||Lahore||Sri Lanka (245/3)||Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets||Australia (241/7)|
|1999||England Wales||London||Australia (133/2)||Australia won by 8 wickets||Pakistan (132 All Out)|
|2003||South Africa||Johannesburg||Australia (359/2)||Australia won by 125 runs||India (234 All Out)|
|2007||West Indies||Bridgetown||Australia (281/4)||Australia won by 53 runs (D/L)||Sri Lanka (215/8)|
|2011||Sri Lanka India Bangladesh||Mumbai||India (277/4)||India won by 6 wickets||Sri Lanka (274/6)|
|2015||Australia New Zealand||Melbourne||Australia (186/3)||Australia beat New Zealand by 7 wickets||New Zealand (183 All Out)|
|2019||England Wales||London||England (241 All Out)
(15/0 – Super Over)
23 fours & 3 sixes
|England won on boundary count after scores in first innings and super over remained level||New Zealand (241/8)
(15/1 – Super Over)
14 fours & 3 sixes
T20 (Twenty 20) cricket is the shortest and probably the most exciting format of the game. Each team is given 20 overs (120 balls) to score as many runs as possible with the bat before the two sides switch and the batting side is thrown the ball. A T20 game generally takes around 3-4 hours to be completed and it sees boundaries galore, with the players rarely given any time to get themselves in. Instead, batsmen are forced to go hard early, with maximums the norm. Of course, going for the big shots does bring a huge amount of risk with it as cartwheeling stumps and outrageous catches have become a regular occurrence in the game, while it is not uncommon to see multiple run outs in a match as players try to sneak that extra run.
T20 Cricket World Cup
Like the 50 over Cricket World Cup, the T20 World Cup brings together the very best in the shortest format of the game in a tournament that sees massive hits and exciting contests. Indeed, this was no more true than in the 2016 T20 World Cup final between the West Indies and England, which saw an incredibly topsy-turvy game that had both sets of fans feeling they were edging towards victory.
England went into the game with a superbly well-balanced side that looked well placed to secure the World Cup trophy. However, Eoin Morgan’s side stumbled to 155/9 as their impressive rebuilding from 23/3 to 110/4 almost counted for very little as they lost three wickets for one run. In the end, England managed to make it to 155/9. In reply, the Windies were limping at 11/3, but a supreme innings of 85 not out from Marlon Samuels helped the side get back into the game before Carlos Brathwaite’s incredible hitting exploits, which saw him hit four consecutive sixes off the bowling of Ben Stokes in the final, helped the Windies to claim the World Cup and send their fans into joyous celebration, with England left to rue what might have been.
The History Of The T20 World Cup
|Year||Host(s)||Final Venue||Winner||Result In The Final||Runners-Up|
|2007||South Africa||Johannesburg||India (157/5)||India won by 5 runs||Pakistan (152 All Out)|
|2009||England||London||Pakistan (139/2)||Pakistan won by 8 wickets||Sri Lanka (138/6)|
|2010||West Indies||Bridgetown||England (148/3)||England won by 7 wickets||Australia (147/6)|
|2012||Sri Lanka||Colombo||West Indies (137/6)||West Indies won by 36 runs||Sri Lanka (101 All Out)|
|2014||Bangladesh||Dhaka||Sri Lanka (134/3)||Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets||India (130/4)|
|2016||India||Kolkata||West Indies (161/6)||West Indies beat England by 4 wickets||England (155/9)|