Cricket is an exciting game full of surprises and exciting moments, and one such moment is when a match ends in a tie. Betting on cricket matches surely gives you an adrenaline rush, but what happens if a cricket match ends in a tie?
While most matches end in a clear winner, an occasional tie is unavoidable. In this article, we'll explore in great detail what happens if a cricket match ends is tied, covering everything you must be aware of.
Read on to find out what happens to your bet and if you will get any returns.
Different Options for Handling of Your Bet
When a match ends in an unexpected tie, there are different ways in which online betting sites may handle the situation.
You can find the different possibilities below:
- You placed a bet on a tie
- Match goes to Super Over
- You placed a bet on a tie and match goes to Super Over
- Dead-heat Rules
You can find a detailed explanation of all the 4 possibilities below.
1. You Placed a Bet on a Tie in a Cricket Match
If you've placed a bet on the possibility of the match ending in a tie, congratulations! You're in for a payout.
When a cricket match ends in a tie, bookmakers consider it as a valid result for this specific betting option.
Let's say you placed a ₹3,000 bet on a tie between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings with odds of 4.50. In this case, your potential payout would be ₹3,000 x 4.50 = ₹13,500. So, if the match indeed ends in a tie, you'll receive ₹13,500 in winnings.
If you placed a bet on a tied cricket match you are usually in for a large payout, because the odds for betting on a tie are relatively high.
2. Match Goes to Super Over
In some cases, especially in T20s, a tied match may proceed to a Super Over to determine the winner. A Super Over is a thrilling one-over contest where each team faces six deliveries, and the team with the most runs at the end of the over wins the match.
For betting purposes, the result of the Super Over will replace the tied result of the match. If you had placed a bet on either Team 1 or Team 2 to win, the outcome of the Super Over will decide the fate of your bet.
Let's assume you placed a ₹3,000 bet on Mumbai Indians to win the match against Chennai Super Kings with odds of 2.10, and the main match ended in a tie.
The Super Over resulted in Chennai Super Kings scoring 15 runs and Mumbai Indians scoring 13 runs.
In this case, your bet on Mumbai Indians winning will be considered a loss since Chennai Super Kings emerged as the winner of the Super Over.
3. You Bet on a Tie and Match Goes to Super Over
If you placed a bet on the possibility of the match ending in a tie, your bet is still valid and in play during the Super Over.
If the Super Over also ends in a tie, then your bet will be declared a winner, and you will receive the designated payout based on the odds at which you placed the bet.
Let's assume you placed a ₹2,000 bet on a tie between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals with odds of 5.00. If the main match ends in a tie, and the Super Over also results in a tie, then your bet will be successful, and you will receive ₹2,000 x 5.00 = ₹10,000 as winnings.
If the Super Over produces a clear winner, then your bet on a tie will be considered a loss.
4. Dead-Heat Rules – Half of Your Win/Loss Will be Returned
In cricket betting, a Dead Heat refers to a scenario where two teams finish a match with the exact same score and the match ends in a tie. This can also occur in various cricket betting markets, such as the top run-scorer, the top wicket-taker.
When a Dead Heat happens, half of your win or loss will be returned to you, and the other half will be settled as a loss.
Assume you placed a ₹3,000 bet on Mumbai Indians to win the match against Chennai Super Kings with odds of 2.10. However, the main match ended in a tie. In this case, the Dead Heat rules will be applied to your bet.
After the application of the Dead Heat rules, half of your stake will be returned to you, and the other half will be settled as a loss.
Here's the breakdown:
- Half of your initial stake: ₹3,000 / 2 = ₹1,500 will be returned to you.
- The remaining half of your initial stake: ₹3,000 / 2 = ₹1,500 will be considered as a loss.
Another example can be that you placed a bet on two players to be the top run-scorer in a cricket match, and both players end up scoring the same number of runs.
In this case, your bet would be subject to the Dead-Heat rules, and your winnings would be calculated based on the odds being divided between the tied players.
Let's consider a cricket match between India and Pakistan. You placed a ₹1000 bet on Virat Kohli to be the top run-scorer with odds of 2.50. However, Babar Azam also scored the same number of runs as Kohli, resulting in a Dead Heat.
The partial payout calculation will be ₹1000 x 2.50 / 2 = ₹1250.
So, in this scenario, you would receive a partial payout of ₹1250 for your ₹1000 bet on Kohli. Although you will make a profit, the winning amount will be less than what you would have received if Kohli was clearly the top scorer.