With the Big Bash League commencing next week there will be plenty of opportunities to find some value in a variety of markets, provided you go into the tournament with the appropriate strategies. The Cricket Trader details some steps to follow when looking to unearth a wager on one of the world’s biggest T20 tournaments.
Value in Side Markets
Whilst unbalanced sides don’t always finish as champions they do open up a number of betting opportunities within the BBL – particularly on side markets like Highest First 6 Over Total, Most Sixes and Total Sixes. Identifying imbalances or mismatches between teams can be a highly effective way of spotting some value. When canvassing over each squad be sure to mark down who will opening the batting and open the bowling, the hitting power within the side and how effective the death bowling is. When you identify a disparity, either pick the most relevant side market or make the most of the mismatch with the timing of your Match Odds trades.
For example if you have a powerful pair of opening batsmen up against some notably wayward opening bowlers you can either back the batting side to have the Highest 6 Over Total, or simply back the batting side in the Match Odds at the start of their innings.
Another example would be backing a team in the Most Sixes market who have a highly proficient suite of death bowlers, while two poor bowling attacks playing against each other often result in an overs result for Most Sixes. If you do have two ordinary bowling attacks coming up against each other then an alternate strategy would be to simply back both sides in the Match Odds when batting.
Two Sides to the Equation
Always remember that there are two sides to the equation when exploring these markets – for example whilst you need big strong batsmen to hit sixes, you equally need canny and accurate bowlers to not concede too many sixes. Bowlers are not just crucial to winning games of T20 cricket, they are also pivotal when it comes to considering imbalances between sides and making the most of these via the various markets available.