Cricket fans can watch live online as India plays its first Test Match since January, taking on newly minted power Bangladesh in the only Test of the brief India tour of its neighbor to the east, starting with Day One play on Wednesday at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah.
Coming off a controversial World Cup quarterfinal loss to India, Bangladesh will hope to use the momentum it gained from its recent series against Pakistan to shock the Virat Kohli-led India side.
To find out how to watch the India vs. Pakistan Only Test Match, Day One, live online, see the information at the bottom of this article. Live streaming of the India vs. Bangladesh Only Test, Day One, starts at 10 a.m. Bangladesh Standard Time on Wednesday, June 9 — which is midnight United States Eastern Time on Tuesday, June 8, 9 p.m. Pacific.
The 50-over World Cup quarterfinal match between India and Bangaldesh on March 19, which India won by 109 runs, was marred — at least from the Bangladesh perspective — by a series of umpiring decisions that were perceived in that country as unfair and even had some Bangladesh cricket officials alleging that a conspiracy existed against their country as it played in the knockout round of the Cricket World Cup for the first time.
But new India Test captain Virat Kohli (pictured above) — who took over after the Test retirement of MS Dhoni last year — said on Sunday that his team bears its Bangladesh opposition no ill will.
“We are finished with the World Cup and played a lot of cricket since then. So I don’t think there will be any remembrance or memory of that,” said Kohli at a press conference before his team departed for Bangladesh. “We are going there to play and win a Test match and that’s our primary focus. There won’t be any grudges or ill feelings about the opposition. It’s pure and simple professionalism.”
India has not played a Test Match since wrapping up a four-match series in Australia on January 10. In that series, the sides drew the final two matches after Australia won the two openers.
Bangladesh played two Tests against Pakistan in April and May, forcing a draw in the first while dropping the second— after shocking their visitors by sweeping a three-ODI series and single T20 match.
India-based website CricHD will stream the India vs. Bangladesh only Test Match at this link, but viewers there will have to put up with numerous advertisements that often cause slowdowns when viewing online. The best way to watch the India vs. Bangladesh Test Match live online in the United States is through Willow TV, which is available via this YouTube link with a monthly subscription fee, as well as on Willow TV’s own site, accessible by clicking here.
Some promotional offers make it possible to watch Willow TV legally online free for a limited period of time, such as the offer at this link — or the one-month free trial of Sling TV’s International Sports Package, which includes the all-cricket channel. Information on that deal can be found at this link.
[Image: Board of Control For Cricket in India]