Fans of the India cricket team will want to watch the first T20 match against Australia streaming live online Tuesday, as their country gets ready to host the ICC T20 World Cup in just under two months — and their cricket team prepares itself to compete for the most coveted and prestigious honor in the shortest, most intense format of the sport. The reigning World Cup champion, Australia, will be preparing with just as much dedication to add a second world title in two years to their trophy case.
After dropping four of five matches to Australia in the just-completed One Day International series, India is making some changes to strengthen their T20 squad, in hopes of gaining a measure of revenge on their hosts by taking the three-match series that starts on Tuesday while at the same time finding the best squad to take on the world in March in India.
India will play its first T20 World Cup match on March 19 against arch-rival Pakistan, in a match that will certainly be the most-watched contest of the tournament.
First, the T20 series in Australia appears ready to deliver high drama of its own, as India has now added one of the most hated-players in Australia to their side for the new series: spin bowler Harbhajan Singh.
Harbhajan will be playing his first match on Australian turf since 2008, but he well remembers the hostility directed his way by cricket fans down under.
“I feel like I am the most famous guy in Australia,” Harbhajan quipped on Monday. “I don’t know how they will react this time. I hope there’s no negative reaction.”
Watch highlights of India’s sole ODI victory over Australia, breaking the hosts’ 18-game home ODI winning streak in the fifth ODI on January 23 in the video below.
To find out how to watch the first India vs. Australia T20 cricket match live online, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. Match time is scheduled for 7:08 p.m. at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia, on Tuesday, January 26. For United States-based cricket fans, that start time will be 3:38 a.m. Eastern Time, 12:38 a.m. Pacific.
Australia, for at least the first T20 match of the three-match series, will make do without all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, who is still nursing a hamstring injury that ruled him out of the fifth ODI match, as well.
Australia is expected to bring in several new faces, including batsman Travis Head and fast bowler Andrew Tye — both of whom will be making their international cricket debuts.
All-rounder Shane Watson will be back in the side, along with Shaun Tait and Cameron Boyce.
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India will also be handing out a first cap to all-rounder Hardik Pandya, while also recalling Yurvarj Singh, Suresh Raina and Ashish Nehra.
India needs the tune-up before the World T20 tournament, playing just four T20 International matches in 2015, losing three of them.
Australia may also show some rust in the short format, playing just a single T20 International match since November of 2014; a loss to England that capped off Ausralia’s 2015 Ashes tour.
India-based broadcaster Star Sports will stream the first T20 match between Australia and India from Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia at this link, and the India-based site CrichHD will offer a stream at this link. The most reliable way to watch Australia vs. India online in the United States is through Willow TV, which is available via this YouTube link, as well as on the Willow app for mobile devices or on Willow TV’s own site, accessible by clicking here with a monthly subscription fee.
There are legal ways to watch Willow TV for free. Certain promotional offers make it possible to watch the all-cricket network, including the Australia vs. India first T20, following the pair of T20 matches to follow, for a limited period of time, such as the offer at this link. The best bet would be the one-month free trial of Sling TV’s International Sports Package, which includes Willow. Information on that deal can be found at this link.
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