Fans of international cricket can watch live online as Pakistan faces Bangladesh in the only T20 match of Pakistan's tour, as the Tigers look to continue their domination of their visiting rivals on Friday — but the shorter format could prove a stumbling block to Bangladesh, who on Wednesday completed a clean sweep of the three one-day international matches between the two nations.
Information on how to watch the lone Pakistan vs. Bangladesh T20 match live online can be found below.
While Bangladesh not only won all three ODI matches against the rebuilding Pakistan squad, which included only four players from the Cricket World Cup side that made it to the quarterfinals of that tournament last month, the Tigers proved dominant against a nation that had beaten them 46 of the 47 times they'd played before last week.
But the T20 format — in which each side is allotted just 20 overs in matches that last only about three hours — is a more unfamiliar one for the Bangladesh cricketers. The team has not even played a T20 match for more than a year and there has been no domestic T20 competition for almost two years.
Meanwhile, Pakistan is one of the world's most successful cricket nations when it comes to playing the souped-up T20 format, currently third among all nations in the T20 rankings.
The shortened game requires batsmen to adopt a much more aggressive, high-risk approach, compared to ODI or certainly Test cricket. On the other side, bowlers are generally looking to take wickets before anything else, setting aside the defensive, run-restricting techniques common in longer-format cricket.
Pakistan's T20 Captain Shahid Afridi, while stopping short of promising a win in Friday's T20 showdown, vowed that his squad would put on a better show than the faltering ODI side was able to manage.
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.
Viewers with access to Pakistan internet sites can watch the match line online via Geo Super TV by clicking here.
The live online streaming of the Pakistan vs. Bangladesh Only T20 starts at 6:30 p.m. in Dhaka on Wednesday, which is 8:30 a.m. United States Eastern Time, 5:30 a.m. Pacific.
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