Live online video will be the easiest way to watch the dramatic India vs. Bangladesh 2015 Cricket World Cup quarterfinal match — a matchup locked in when the Tigers shocked faltering England by a slim 15-run margin last Monday. Meanwhile, defending World Cup holders India cruised through the tournament’s group stage winning all six matches to easily top Pool B.
Links to view live online video of Thursday’s India vs. Bangladesh showdown at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne, Australia, — which starts on Wednesday night in the United States — can be found below.
While Bangladesh, currently ranked ninth in the world by the International Cricket Council, will play in its first-ever World Cup quarterfinal, and India is the World’s Number Two side, an upset should be within reach of the Bangladesh team, based on past results.
In the 2007 Cricket World Cup, played in the West Indies, Bangladesh stunned India, winning by five wickets after 48.1 overs. Then in 2012, Bangladesh playing at home in Dhaka, again scored a narrow upset of India in the Asia Cup, edging out another five wicket win, but this time with 49.2 overs of the allotted 50 gone.
On the other hand, the last time the Indian sub-continent neighbors met in a major world tournament, the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh last year, India came out on top by eight wickets in a match that, of course, was limited to just 20 overs.
Bangladesh only became a country in 1971 after a bloody civil war in which the former East Pakistan broke away from its parent nation, with military help from India. The nation has been in nearly constant political and economic turmoil almost without pause ever since, and 2015 is no different.
But the violent protests and clashes between government forces and opposition protesters came to halt, at least briefly, after the Bangladesh cricket team’s thrilling victory over England. The Tigers hope to bring another period of peace to its homeland when it faces India in a match that the team believes it can win.
“We will be ready as this will be our first ever quarter-final,” Bangladesh Captain Shakib Al Hasan said Friday. “To be honest, our first target was to qualify for the quarterfinals. Now it’s a one-off game and if we play well on the day anything can happen, so we will prepare ourselves as well as we can and I think boys will be up for it.”
ESPN Cricket will stream live online video of all 2015 Cricket World Cup knockout stage matches, for a subscription fee of $39.99, available at this link. The India vs. Bangladesh quarterfinal live stream begins at 11 p.m. United States Eastern Time on Wednesday, March 18.
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