Watch live online as the Sri Lanka cricket team enters a new era while at the same time trying to win its Test series with touring Pakistan, without living legend Kumar Sangakkara who left the team to return to English County Cricket, leaving his national side to overcome their rivals in the Third Test without him.
Sri Lanka have called up 30-year-old Upul Tharanga to take Sangakkara’s place in the XI, though Tharanga has not played Test cricket since last year’s match against Pakistan in Colombo. He recorded 92 and 45 in that contest.
With the retirement of Mahela Jayawardene last year, Friday’s Test will be the first in 15 years that Sri Lanka have played without at least one of their two great batsmen in the lineup. Sangakkara took his place with English side Surrey and promptly scored 33 from 34 balls in Wednesday’s T20 Blast match against Gloucestershire, won by Surrey.
Sri Lanka Captain Angelo Matthews now must take a relatively inexperienced side into the Third Test, with the series on the line.
To find out how to watch the Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka Third Test Live online, see the information below in this article. Play of Day One gets underway at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele, Sri Lanka, at 10 a.m. local time. In the United States, that’s 12:30 a.m. Eastern Time, 9:30 p.m. on July 2, Pacific Time.
After losing a rain-shortened First Test by a convincing 10 wickets, Sri Lanka came back to dominate the Second Test behind a seven-wicket haul from Dhammika Prasad.
The Sri Lanka side will need more dominant bowling to have a hope of taking the decider, with the departure of Sangakkara leaving a significant hole in their batting order.
Watch live online to see how Sri Lanka fare without Sangakkara as the side enters the third and final Test Match of the current Pakistan tour. India-based website CricHD will stream the Third Test, Day One, 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 Sri Lanka vs. Pakistan cricket Second Test Day Five 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.
Viewers with access to Pakistan internet sites can watch the match live online via Geo Super TV by clicking here.
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