India and Nepal battle for position in the Under-19 Cricket World Cup quarterfinals in a match that fans can watch streaming live online, as the two sides wrap up group stage play after both qualifying for the Super League quarterfinals, with a chance to win the 2016 U19 World Cup championship.
India and Nepal are currently tied for top of the U19 Cricket World Cup Group D table, with four points each, both teams having won both if their games so far. India cruised past Ireland and New Zealand, whole underdog Nepal also beat Ireland, but scored on the tournament’s most stunning upsets with a win over New Zealand to tie for the Group D lead.
The winner of the Monday (Sunday in the United States) India vs. Nepal match in Dhaka, Bangladesh, takes first place and will face a lower-ranked opponent in the quarterfinal knockout round.
India fans who missed India’s opener against Ireland can view highlights from that match in the video below.
To find out how to watch the India vs. Namibia U19 Cricket World Cup final Group D match live online, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. The 50-overs match is scheduled to get underway at 9 a.m. India Standard Time at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Monday, February 1.
For cricket fans in the United States, the match begins streaming at 10 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday, January 31, 7 p.m. Pacific Time.
India and Nepal are among the five Asian sides that dominate the U19 Cricket World Cup quarterfinal round. Pakistan and Sri Lanka have also qualified, an host Bangladesh also punched its ticket to the Super League quarterfinal with a Sunday victory over Scotland, posting a comfortable 114 run victory.
Bangladesh concludes Group A play on Tuesday, squaring off against perhaps the most surprising team of the tournament, Namibia. The upstart African side nailed down its own place in the Super League quarterfinals with a shocking two-wicket win over South Africa on Sunday — dumping the defending U19 World Cup Champion Junior Proteas out of contention for the quarterfinals.
“As a country we have never had a side qualify for the quarter-finals on any world stage in any sport,” an ecstatic Namibia Manager Andre Schmidlin said. “For us as a country, this is massive. A small nation like us should not beat the world champions.”
The India vs. Nepal match also comes with some political baggage, in the midst of a five-month blockade of important trade routes along the India-Nepal border due to anti-government protests in Nepal by a group with close ties to India. The crisis has led to shortages of food and fuel and other essential good in Nepal — as well as a shortage of cricket balls and equipment needed by the national U19 team for practice.
But the Nepal U19 team was aided by India itself, when the sport’s governing body in India granted Nepal use of practice facilities in Delhi and other locations inside India.
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India domestic broadcaster Star Sports will stream the final India match of the 2016 Under-19 Cricket World Cup group stage, India vs. Nepal, 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. Nepal U19 Cricket World Cup final Group D 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. Nepal 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.
[Featured Photo via International Cricket Council]