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How to Bet on Cricket in South Africa - Formats, Betting Markets, Bookmakers, Promotions and More
We all have that friend (hey, maybe it's you...) that's totally besotted with cricket. South Africa is a cricket-loving nation and why wouldn't we be? We've always had a competitive national team in the Proteas and a healthy domestic league that pulls big crowds all season long.
So when it comes to betting on cricket in South Africa, punters are spoilt for choice. With odds and markets available for all international and domestic matches and competitions, there's always a cricket bet to be had somewhere in the world. Whether you want to place your bets Pre-match or Live In-Play on Test Matches, ODI's or T20 matches, South Africa's top online bookmakers have got you covered!
Read our complete guide on how to bet on cricket in South Africa. You'll learn about everything from cricket formats and betting markets to the best bookmakers for cricket betting, promotions and more.
Cricket Formats Explained
Each team bats for 20 overs or until they are dismissed and the entire match lasts about 3 hours on average. There are rules in place to encourage big-hitting and faster scoring which also increases the intensity of the game. Despite its late introduction in 2003, T20 cricket is by far the most popular format of the game today. Some purists will try to tell you otherwise, but it's also the most sensible cricket format in a lot of ways.
T20 cricket really started gaining momentum when the Indian Premier League (IPL) was founded in 2008. But now there are dozens of T20 leagues worldwide which attract players from far and wide. The Big Bash League in Australia, Pakistani Super League and T20 Blast in England are some of the biggest and most widely followed leagues today.
One Day International (ODI) Matches
Each team bats for 50 overs or until they are dismissed. These matches last about 8 hours and the pace of these games is about average for the game of cricket. T20 cricket, which puts a premium on hitting and scoring, revolutionised the sport by creating a new, younger and more enthused audience.
Each team takes turns to bat for two innings or until the team batting second has reached the score set by their opponents. These matches last anywhere between two and five days and the pace of play is relatively slow compared to the other two formats.
International Cricket Tournaments
While not all competitions are mentioned here, these are the international cricket tournaments worth knowing about as a cricket punter.
Indian Premier League: The IPL is a T20 cricket league contested in India by eight teams representing different cities in India. The teams comprise a mix of Indian and international players. IPL players are very well paid to represent their teams and this annual tournament is the sixth most well-attended sports league in the world.
ICC Cricket World Cup: The ICC Cricket World Cup is the flagship event organised by the sport's international governing body. It comprises preliminary qualification rounds leading up to a finals tournament which is hosted by a different country every four years.
The Ashes: The Ashes is a Test cricket series played between England and Australia which goes back to 1877. The Ashes series consists of five Tests, hosted by each country, in turn, every two years. If the test series is drawn, the team that currently holds the Ashes retains the trophy.
T20 World Cup: Held every two years, the ICC T20 World Cup is the international championship of Twenty20 International cricket. The tournament consists of 16 teams, comprising the top 10 teams from the world rankings and six others decided by the T20 World Cup qualifiers.
Cricket Betting Markets Explained
Cricket, like soccer has a huge range of options available for both Pre-match (before it starts) and In-play (Live) betting. The various cricket betting markets allow you to make predictions about how teams will fare overall, individual player performances and even what will happen from one ball to the next. With the Outright cricket betting markets also offered at many online bookmakers in South Africa, you can bet on the overall winner of tournaments like the IPL or Cricket World Cup.
🏏 Match Winner: Which team will win the match? In ODI and T20 cricket, there are two possible outcomes—Team A wins or Team B wins. However, in test matches, draws occur when the team batting second doesn't have enough overs remaining to reach their opponents total but they still have wickets left in hand.
🏏 Coin Toss: Which team will win the coin toss?
🏏 Highest Opening Partnership: Which team will score the most runs before losing their first wicket?
🏏 Team with Top Batsman: Which team will have the batsman that scores the most runs in the match?
🏏 Team with Top Bowler: Which team will have the bowler that gets the most wickets while conceding the fewest runs in the match?
🏏 Home Top Batsman: Which player from the home team will score the most runs?
🏏 Away Top Batsman: Which player from the visiting team will score the most runs?
🏏 Home Top Bowler: Which player from the home team will have the bowler that gets the most wickets while conceding the fewest runs in the match?
🏏 Away Top Bowler: Which player from the visiting team will have the bowler that gets the most wickets while conceding the fewest runs in the match?
🏏 Man of the Match: Which player will be declared the man of the match?
🏏 Total Ducks: How many players will be dismissed after scoring no runs?
🏏 Player – Total Runs: Will this player score Over/Under the given number of runs?
🏏 Fall of 1st Wicket: Will the first wicket fall when the batting team has Over/Under the given number of runs?
🏏 Total Match Fours: Will the number of fours scored in the match be Over/Under the given number?
🏏 Total Match Sixes: Will the number of sixes scored in the match be Over/Under the given number?
🏏 Total Match Run Outs: Will the number of runs outs in the match be Over/Under the given number?
🏏 Total Wides: Will the number of wides bowled in the match be Over/Under the given number?
🏏 Method of 1st Dismissal: By which method will the first wicket in the match fall (caught, bowled, run out, etc.)?
Live Cricket Betting
Cricket is one the best sports to bet on live or in-play. The reason why live cricket betting is so popular is that there are so many different markets available that are updated after every ball. MG Sports Betting is especially good for live cricket betting as they cover international matches as well as domestic leagues from around the world. The wide range of markets they have available at top odds makes them very competitive. At MG, your cricket bets are settled in real-time which means there's no waiting until the end of the match for bets to get paid out.
Best Cricket Betting Sites in South Africa
There isn't a bookmaker in South Africa who doesn't offer odds on cricket, but some betting sites have more to offer serious cricket punters than others. One of these bookmakers is MG Sports Betting, whose cricket offering is one of the best in South Africa for several reasons:
✅ Widest range of cricket betting markets in South Africa
✅ Fast bet settlement which happens in real-time
✅ Lowest market suspension rates (ideal for live betting)
✅ Competitive odds
Some of the best cricket betting sites in South Africa also include Sunbet, PalaceBet and BET.co.za. These online bookmakers all offer Pre-match and Live cricket betting as well as Outright betting on tournament and series winners.
Best Cricket Promotions in South Africa
Take advantage of various Cricket Promotions on offer at various bookmakers in South Africa. These promotions can offer some insurance on your bets and help you get money back should things not quite go as planned.
MG Sports Betting
Belter Of A Pitch: Take a pre-game Match Winner bet on any IPL match, and if your team scores 200 or more runs but doesn't win the match, you’ll get 50% of your stake back as a bonus up to R2000.
Almost There: Take an Innings Over/Under bet on any team, and if your selection loses by 0.5 runs then half your stake will be refunded up to R500. Read the terms and conditions.
Almost There – First 15: Take an Innings Over/Under bet on any team for the first 15 overs, and if your selection loses by 0.5 runs then half your stake will be refunded up to R500. Read the terms and conditions.
DRS Making You See Red?: Take a Total Runs live bet on any batsman, and if he’s dismissed by the aid of DRS then half your stake will be refunded up to R500. Read the terms and conditions.
Top Batsman Basher: Back any player to become the Top Runs Scorer, and if he scores 50 runs or more but isn’t the highest-scoring batsman then half your stake will be refunded up to R500. Read the terms and conditions.
Last Ball Madness: Take an Outright Match Winner bet, and if the opposing team scores the winnings runs on the last ball of the match then half your stake will be refunded up to R500. ODI matches only. Read the terms and conditions.
Boundary Beater Free Bet: Place a single bet on any cricket game and get your stake matched up to R500 with a Free Bet to use In-play. Read the terms and conditions.
Cricket Live In-Play Promo: Take R1000 worth of live in-play cricket bets in a week and get a R100 Free Bet. Read the terms and conditions.
Five's Alive Promo: Back a player to be Top Bowler in any match and get a Free Bet equal to half your stake if he takes 5 or more wickets. Read the terms and conditions.
Ton Of Fun Promo: Back a player to be Top Batsman in any match and get a Free Bet equal to half your stake if he scores a century. Read the terms and conditions.
Super Over Special: Back a team to win any T20 or ODI game and get a double payout if they win in a Super Over. Read the terms and conditions.
Have a bet on Cricket in South Africa
Cricket betting is a staple among South African sports bettors and one of the most fun games to predict. Whether you're a fan of T20, Test Match or ODI cricket, in South Africa there are fantastic odds, betting markets, promotions and even Live cricket betting to get excited about!
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