Pakistan cricket fans will want to watch their Under-19 team streaming live online as they face the controversial West Indies team Monday — Sunday United States time — in the last quarterfinal match of the U19 Cricket World Cup, a match that if Pakistan can come away with the victory would set up a semifinal round with all four Indian subcontinent cricket powers.
On Sunday, Sri Lanka became the third Subcontinent team to advance to the U19 Cricket World Cup semifinals, with a shockingly decisive six-wicket win over favored England, needing less than 36 full overs to put England away, chasing down a modest total of 184.
Sri Lanka now goes on to face India, who ended the feel-good story of Namibia, crushing the African side by 197 runs on Friday. The Sri Lanka vs. India match will be the first semifinal of the 2016 U19 Cricket World Cup, scheduled for Tuesday in Mirpur.
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Meanwhile, hosts Bangladesh must sit back and wait to find out who their opponent will be in the second semifinal on Thursday, also at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka. Will it be historical rival Pakistan — the country from which Bangladesh gained independence in a bloody 1971 war? Or will it be West Indies, whose victory over Zimbabwe that clinched their quarterfinal berth is looked upon as tainted by many cricket fans and commentators.
To see highlights of that West Indies vs. Zimbabwe match, including the controversial ending, check out the video below, courtesy of Willow TV.
To find out how to watch the Pakistan vs. West Indies last U19 Cricket World Cup 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 8.
For United States-based fans, that start time will be 10 p.m. Eastern Time on the previous night, Sunday, February 7 — 7 p.m. Pacific Time.
West Indies ended their final group stage match against Zimbabwe with a mankading — in other words, bowler Keemo Paul, never entering his delivery stride, knocked over the bales of non-striking batsman Richard Ngarava, who was caught taking a lead out of his crease. A video review showed that Ngarava’s bat was on the line, with nothing behind it, rendering him out.
The play caused a backlash throughout the cricket world, even though the rules of cricket permit mankading, as being somehow not in “the spirit of the game.” But West Indies Coach Dwain Gill said that his players did nothing wrong, adding, “I mean, a law is a law, right?”
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Bangladesh Coach Chandika Hathurusinghe agreed.
“If it is in the rule book it is all about personal decision making,” he said.
The rules prevent a bowler from deceiving the batsman by breaking into his delivery motion and then taking the stumps. But as long a bowler simply runs straight at Paul did, the off-strike batsman is required to keep at least his bat behind the line, so that he does not gain an unfair running advantage by standing outside the crease.
India-based site CrichHD will offer a stream of the match at this link. The most reliable way to watch the Pakistan vs. West Indies U19 Cricket World Cup last quarterfinal match 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 Pakistan vs. West Indies U19 Cricket World Cup Quarterfinal 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 the Sling TV option can be found at this link.
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