Live online video offers the best way to watch New Zealand take on the West Indies in the fourth and final Cricket World Cup 2015 quarterfinal, a game that starts on Friday night in United States time zones, but Saturday afternoon at Wellington Regional Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand. The winner of what some experts say could be a surprisingly close match will face streaking South Africa in Auckland on March 24 — with a spot in the World Cup Final on the line.
Links to live online video of the New Zealand vs. West Indies match can be found below.
New Zealand has been dominant in this ICC Cricket World Cup tournament, winning all six group stage matches, most without much difficulty. The exception was their February 28 showdown with arch-rival Australia, which saw the Black Caps scraping through with a nail-biting, one wicket victory.
West Indies, on the other hand, have been an enigma. Opening the tournament with a shocking loss to associate nation Ireland, the Windies came roaring back to beat powerhouse Pakistan and another Test nation, Zimbabwe, before suffering a humiliating 257-run defeat to South African and a sleepy four-wicket loss to India.
West Indies needed a victory against a spirited but overmatched United Arab Emirates side to qualify for the quarterfinals, which they recorded in unremarkable six-wicket fashion.
But according to ESPN Cricinfo correspondent Andrew McGlashen, the West Indies side “are as capable as any team of pulling a performance out of nothing.”
While the team has looked inconsistent and sometimes even indifferent under youthful captain Jason Holder — who was handed the reins to the West Indies squad at just 23 years of age — all it would take for the talented team is one solid day of cricket to upset the tournament favorites and move to the semis.
West Indies will also see the return of their star batsman Chris Gayle, who missed the UAE match with a back strain, but has since received an injection of painkillers and pronounced himself ready to play.
“Chris is not missing this quarterfinal for anybody. He is more pumped up for this than the rest of the team,” said Windies all-rounder Darren Sammy. “It’s just unfortunate his back keeps hindering his progress but he won’t miss the quarterfinal.”
But Gayle and the rest of the West Indies batsmen must find a way to break out against New Zealand’s stellar lineup of bowlers, including Tim Southee who single-handedly took seven wickets against England, and Trent Boult who took five of his own against Australia.
Live online video of the New Zealand vs. West Indies Cricket World Cup quarterfinal begins streaming at 11:30 p.m. on March 20, United States Eastern Time.
UPDATE, March 20: A list of live, legal online Cricket World Cup video streams can be found at this link. The India-based site CricHD will stream the New Zealand vs. West Indies match live at this link.
For a $39.99 fee, the New Zealand vs. West Indies match and live online video for all knockout stage matches in the 2015 Cricket World Cup will be streamed by ESPN at this link. Subscribing to the ESPN package also allows the option of viewing matches on a TV using the Roku set-top box, as well as on mobile devices by downloading the ESPN Cricket app.
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