India cricket fans will want to watch their Under-19 team look to take a commanding Group D lead in the U19 Cricket World Cup, when they face reeling New Zealand in a match streaming live online — the second contest of the tournament for both teams, but a game that has very different meaning for India and New Zealand when it comes to their chances to advance to the U19 World Cup quarterfinals.
India enter the tournaments as favorites to take their record fourth U19 World Cup championship, and despite a somewhat shaky start, the India teenagers did little to dispel the notion that they are the team to beat in the 2016 edition of the bi-annual tournament.
New Zealand were also expected to make it out of the group stage and into the final eight teams of the 16-team U19 World Cup, if only because the other two teams in Group D are lightly regarded Nepal and Ireland, who qualified only because Australia pulled out the tournament earlier in January, saying that they believed Bangladesh presented an insecure and unsafe situation for the Australian team.
The senior Australia team withdrew from a Test series in Bangladesh last October after a reported terrorist threat against Australian interests. Cricket Australia waited until January to make a decision about the U19 World Cup, but ultimately decided to pull the teenage Australia side out of the competition that the country has won three times — tied with India and more than any other cricket-playing nation.
New Zealand’s hopes of getting into the knockout phase, however, suffered a serious setback in the Junior Black Caps opening match Thursday when Nepal bowled them out for 206, nailing down a shocking 32-run victory, after Nepal put up a first-innings total of 238.
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India, on the other hand, managed a methodical, 79-run victory over Ireland, led by a 74-run knock off of 70 balls by Sarfaraz Khan.
Watch all of the wickets taken in the India vs. Ireland opening match in the video below, courtesy of Willow TV.
To find out how to watch the India vs. New Zealand U19 Cricket World Cup match live online, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. First ball is set for 9 a.m. India Standard Time at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Saturday, January 30.
For viewers in the United States, that start time will be 10 p.m. Eastern Time on the previous night, Friday, January 29, 7 p.m. Pacific.
New Zealand now face a must-win game against tournament favorite India if they want to stay alive beyond their upcoming third and final group stage game.
In Group B, both Pakistan and Sri Lanka won their initial outings as expected, with comfortable wins over Afghanistan and Canada, respectively.
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India domestic broadcaster Star Sports will stream the second India match of the 2016 Under-19 Cricket World Cup, India vs. New Zealand, from Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur, Bangladesh, at this link, and the India-based site CrichHD will offer a stream at this link. The most reliable way to watch the India vs. New Zealand U19 Cricket World Cup second match for both teams live 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 India vs. New Zealand U19 Cricket World Cup match — and daily matches throughout the tournament, 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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