The 2020 ICC World Twenty20 tournament will take place in Australia, where the defending champions, the West Indies, will look to make history with a third title.
After taking place every two years since 2007, the T20 World Cup dates changed after the 2016 tournament, extending the break to four years.
The seventh T20 World Cup will take place from October 18 to November 15, 2020 and the final will be played at the mighty Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The host nation will start the tournament as the bookie’s favourite along with the might of India, while England and New Zealand — strong short format nations — will also be well-backed in the winner’s market.
T20 cricket has proven to be a wildly-popular betting sport for punters and the World Cup brings the best player in the world together, fighting for the game’s ultimate prize.
Punters all over the globe can sink their teeth into a veritable feast of T20 World Cup Australian cricket betting markets at our top-ranked online bookmakers:
2020 World T20 outright betting
- Australia – $4.50
- India – $4.50
- England – $6
- New Zealand – $7
- Pakistan – $7
- South Africa – $7
- West Indies – $9
- Sri Lanka – $21
- Afghanistan – $67
- Bangladesh – $67
- Zimbabwe – $301
- Ireland – $426
- Scotland – $426
T20 World Cup match betting and props
Of all the formats, Twenty20 cricket offers arguably the most exciting range of online sports betting match-day markets, players props and exotic bets. That’s especially the case during the World Twenty20, when all the usual markets are supplemented by a host of betting specials.
The best thing about betting on T20 cricket, as opposed to other forms of the game, is the speed of the match. While ODI cricket and Test cricket can take up to eight-hours and even five days to settle bets, T20 cricket is over within three hours.
Popular World Twenty20 betting markets include:
The most simple form of betting in cricket (and any other sport).
Head to head betting just requires punters to pick the right winner of the T20 match.
Be careful, head-to-head betting in T20 cricket includes any super-over result, which is how the game is ultimately decided if there is a tie after each team has faced 20 overs.
Highest opening partnership
In this market, you can bet on which opening partnership from each team will make the most runs.
So, for example, if David Warner and Aaron Finch open the batting for Australia in the opening match of the tournament against the West Indies and only make 11 runs together before losing their wicket, they will lose this market when Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis open the batting for the West Indies and make more than 11 runs without breaking that partnership.
As always, this can be a profitable market if you do your homework. Which batsmen do well against certain bowlers on certain grounds? Who is in form? Do your homework and profit.
Highest first six overs
In T20 cricket, the first six overs are called the ‘Power Play’ and have fielding restrictions that make things easier for the batting team to make runs.
During the Power Play, only two fielders are allowed outside of the inner circle on the ground, which means batsmen have more freedom to go for their shots and search for boundaries.
The danger for the batting team is that during the first six overs, a new ball is also more likely to move around and take wickets.
The Power Play often proves to be a key factor to winning a T20 game.
Most match sixes
Which team can clear the boundary the most times in a match?
Be careful when betting on most match sixes, because the best, or winning, team does not always hit the most sixes.
Do your homework, find out which nation has the most batsmen who clear the fence and whether either bowling attack is more susceptible to going the distance.
Top team batsmen
This is one of the most popular markets when betting on T20 cricket because the value on offer.
Effectively, punters must find the best-performed batsmen from one team to win the bet. If your player makes the most runs, you will win.
Something to take into consideration here is the amount of overs batsmen have to work with. With only 20 overs in play, the opening batsmen will have the greatest opportunity to make bulk runs, whereas batsmen lower down the order could lack opportunity.
Top team bowler
Another popular betting market in which punters pick the highest wicket-taker from the bowling side.
There are, typically in this format, four bowlers who will bowl four overs each and part timers who will fill in the remaining quota.
It is essential for most-wickets betting to choose bowlers who will get the maximum opportunity to take wickets. Take into account who regularly bowls four overs, the form against certain teams and their past success or failure at the venue or on certain types of pitches (be it hard, fast, slow, swinging or spin).
Note: If the two best bowlers take the same amount of wickets, your profits will be split in half.
Man of the match
Value is always there to be found in man-of-the-match betting in T20 games, given the expanded odds on offer.
As an example, you may only get $5 for David Warner to be the highest run-scorer for Australia, but you could get $11 on him to win the man of the match award. You then must factor in the chances of Warner being man of the match if he makes the most runs, which are incredibly high.
Man of the match awards often lean in favour of leading run-scorers, but a haul of three or more wickets will place a bowler in contention.
If a player is able to contribute significantly with both bat and ball, they will provide real value.
Other T20 betting markets
There can be hundreds of betting markets available, in addition to the most popular betting fields. They include:
- Method of first dismissal
- Number of total run-outs
- Over/under first wicket stand
- Over/under team totals
- Player performance exotics
- Player performance betting lines
- Player performance/match result
- Coin toss
- Total runs made
- Total wickets taken
World Twenty20 nations – who will win in 2020?
As of January 1, 2019, the top nine ranked ICC full member nations, along with hosts Australia have qualified directly for the 2020 World Cup.
Sri Lanka and Bangladesh did not qualify for the Super 12s and will have to fight their way through the group stage of the competition against six teams which come through via the 2020 ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier tournament.
This is what we know about the competing teams thus far:
Australia – $4.50
After a trying year following the ball-tampering saga, Australia is slowly recapturing the form that made it a powerhouse in all three formats. The Aussies are highly-fancied, given the success they had the last time they hosted a World Cup in 2015 (the ODI tournament in which they won convincingly). The domestic Big Bash League will provide experience and depth in the squad and the likes of David Warner, Glenn Maxwell and especially Mitchell Starc are proven performers.
India – $4.50
The current world number ones in this format are equal favourites in the early betting for good reason — when it comes to T20 cricket, they get the job done. India last won a T20 World Cup in 2007 and will be searching to rectify their lack of World Cup trophies. The Indian Premier League gives them unrivalled depth in this format. Star batsmen Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma will be the men to stop.
England – $6
England came oh-so-close to lifting its second World Cup T20 title in 2016, but lost out to the West Indies in dramatic fashion.
After years of sub-standard short-format play, England are now one of the highest-ranked nations in both ODI and T20 cricket — marking a sharp change in priorities for the oldest cricketing nation.
With the likes of Ben Stokes, Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales capable of decimating any bowling attack and a small army of professional part-timers who have plied their trade to great success all around the world, England is a well-deserved fancy to go close to winning this tournament again.
Pakistan – $7
It’s almost impossible to predict what Pakistan will do in any given match, let alone throughout the course of a major tournament. They are world-beaters on their day, but consistency has never been their strong suit. Pakistan currently rank number one in T20 cricket and have the world’s best T20 batsman, Babar Azam, to lead the way. At $7, they represent real value in this market.
South Africa – $7
Like Australia, the Proteas haven’t exactly lived up to their vast potential in Twenty20 cricket so far. And while they are yet to reach the final of either the 50-over World Cup or the World T20, you can’t ignore them. South Africa has a powerful bowling division around firebrand Kagiso Rabada and wily spinner Imran Tahir.
New Zealand – $7
The Black Caps are a real smokey in this tournament, given the power they hold with the bat, dangerous wicket-taking bowlers and recent success in the shorter formats. New Zealand plays a bold and aggressive style of cricket under captain Kane Williamson and will be among the best suited to handle Australian conditions.
West Indies – $9
If its one thing the West Indies have done well in the last decade, it’s T20 cricket.
The Windies are the only team to have won this tournament twice (2012, 2016) and cannot be ruled out to do some real damage again here.
The old master blaster, Chris Gayle, will likely play his last international tournament and the Windies squad is filled with players who have found great success in overseas T20 domestic competitions and should be more than capable of playing in Australian conditions.
Sri Lanka – $21
The former World Cup champions are a completely different side to the nation that won this tournament in 2014.
Both the bowling and batting departments are in need of firepower and Sri Lanka will lean heavily on captain Angelo Mathews to inspire them with both bat and ball. After dropping in the rankings over the last two years, Sri Lanka’s misery is expected to continue in 2020.
Afghanistan – $67
Make no mistake, Afghanistan is a cricketing nation on the improve that can make a mark in the 2020 T20 World Cup.
Their reputation is growing fast and with the world’s best t20 bowler, Rashid Khan, at their disposal, along with the world’s number three all-rounder, Mohammad Nabi, in the middle order, the Afghani’s will be no push-over.
Bangladesh – $67
The Tigers continue to improve in world cricket, particularly the shortest format, where they have the ability to cause some real headaches. Bangladesh have been proven performers in international tournaments in recent years, reached the quarterfinals of the ODI World Cup in 2015, after which they proceeded to beat India, South Africa and Pakistan in various limited-overs series. They will call heavily upon all-round Shakib Al Hasan and should benefit from a strong domestic T20 tournament.