Watch the third one-day international match between Pakistan and Bangladesh live online Wednesday to find out if the already historic cricket series can take on an even more stunning dimension — if Bangladesh can complete a three-match whitewash of a nation they had not defeated in cricket for 16 years before the current Pakistan tour of Bangladesh.
Information on how to watch Pakistan vs. Bangladesh, Third ODI, streaming live online from Shere Bangla National Stadium in the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka is included at the bottom of this article.
The tense history between the two nations goes back to 1971 when the region then called East Pakistan split from Pakistan in a violent war of independence, founding the nation of Bangladesh.
But on the cricket oval, Pakistan had always dominated their upstart subcontinental rivals. Until now.
Coming into the Pakistan tour which started last week, Bangladesh and Pakistan had played 47 matches across all formats of cricket. But Bangladesh had won only once, during the 1999 Cricket World Cup.
Then, a resounding 79-victory in last Friday's First ODI broke that futility streak. On Sunday, a definitive seven-wicket win meant that Bangladesh had then won twice as many times in three days as they had in their entire history up to that point — and it also meant that the Tigers won their first-ever series from Pakistan.
On Wednesday, Bangladesh looks to drive a final nail into Pakistan with what they call a "Bangla-Wash" of the three-game set.
But the faltering Pakistan side now have even more to play for, coming under pressure from former players and Pakistan cricket officials, who publicly blasted the current team for the national humiliation of not one but two crushing defeats to Bangladesh.
"I agree with what the critics are saying about our cricket. There are many problem areas but now we have to be patient and wait for things to turn around," Pakistan Coach Waqar Younis said in an interview Tuesday.
"We have new players and we are building a new team now under a new captain, so everyone will have to be patient. It is not going to be easy but going back will only hurt our cricket more."After the final ODI Wednesday, the Pakistan tour of Bangladesh resumes with the only T20 match on Friday. The culmination of the tour comes with two Test matches, starting on April 28 and May 6.
India-based website CricHD will stream Wednesday's Third ODI match, but viewers there will have to put up with numerous advertisements that often cause slowdowns when viewing online. The best way to watch the Pakistan vs. Bangladesh 1st ODI live online in the United States is through Willow TV, which is available via this YouTube link with a monthly subscription fee, as well as on Willow TV's own site, accessible by clicking here.
Some promotional offers make it possible to watch Willow TV legally online free for a limited period of time, such as the offer at this link — or the one-month free trial of Sling TV's International Sports Package, which includes the all-cricket channel. Information on that deal can be found at this link.
The live online streaming of the Pakistan vs. Bangladesh Third ODI starts at 2:30 p.m. in Dhaka on Wednesday, which is 4:30 a.m. United States Eastern Time, 1:30 a.m. Pacific.
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