India cricket fans can watch the third and deciding T20 match against Sri Lanka streaming live online, as India, which hosts the T20 World Cup starting next month, goes for a second and series-deciding victory, coming into the game level at 1-1 in the three-game set. A young Sri Lanka side shocked India in the opener with a five wicket victory in 18 overs. But in the return match on Friday, the hosts restored order, cruising to a 69-run triumph.
But India Captain M.S. Dhoni says that he plans to use the rubber match of the series to help his batsmen get into form ahead of not only the T20 World Cup in March, but also the Asia Cup championship tournament, which will be played in T20 format this year and gets underway on February 24, in Bangladesh.
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Specifically, Dhoni is thinking of Yuvraj Singh, who lost his wicket on his very first ball in the 18th over in the February 9, loss to Sri Lanka. But Dhoni says he still has faith in Yuvraj going into the two major tournaments coming up over the next several weeks.
“I have played with Yuvraj for a long time and know he needs some time in the middle before he can hit the big shots,” Dhoni told The Hindustan Times on Saturday. “Not that he can’t let loose from the get go, but he is a proper batsman who excels when he’s given some time to spend in the middle.”
Watch highlights of the India victory over Sri Lanka in the second T20 match of the series, in the video below courtesy of Willow TV.
To find out how to watch the India vs. Sri Lanka third and deciding T20 match live online, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. The series tiebreaker is scheduled to get underway at 7:30 p.m. India Standard Time at ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam, India, on Sunday, February 14.
For fans in the United States, that start time will be 9 a.m. Eastern Time, 6 a.m. Pacific.
Another experiment likely to be continued by Dhoni is the promotion of 22-year-old Hardik Pandya, who debuted in January when India played and swept a three-match T20 series from their hosts in Australia. Pandya knocked 27 runs off of just 12 balls in India’s Friday victory over Sri Lanka.
“What happens with batting is that you want to win games and you also want to give an individual a fair amount of time in the middle,” Dhoni told ESPN Cricinfo. “It does not always go with the plan. Definitely in the coming games, if there is a chance of exposing someone to this kind of an exposure so that going into the T20 World Cup they know what their roles and responsibilities are.”
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India-based broadcaster Star Sports will stream the third T20 match between India and Sri Lanka from ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam, India, at this link. CricHD proves a live stream at this link, as well. The most reliable way to watch India vs. Sri Lanka live online in the United States, however, is through Willow TV, which is available via this YouTube link, as well 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 other legal ways to watch Willow TV for free. Certain promotional offers make it possible to watch the all-cricket network, including the final India vs. Sri Lanka T20 match, for free for a limited period of time, such as the offer at this link. Another good 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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