The landmark cricket tour of Pakistan by the Zimbabwe national team continues Friday, and fans can watch live online as the hosts, playing their first international home matches in six years, try to clinch the three-match One Day International series with a victory in the Second ODI at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
To find out how to watch the 2nd Zimbabwe Vs. Pakistan ODI cricket match live online, see the information at the bottom of this story. The day-night ODI match is scheduled for 4 p.m. local time in Lahore, Pakistan. That's 7 a.m. United States Eastern Time, 4 a.m. Pacific — and noon in the United Kingdom.
The five-match tour by Zimbabwe marks the return of the international game to cricket-crazy Pakistan for the first time since 2009, when a horrifying terrorist attack against the visiting Sri Lanka team turned Pakistan into a no-go zone for other cricketing nations, and ended the country's plans to co-host the 2011 World Cup with India.
The First ODI turned out to be a festival of run scoring, delighting the home crowd. Pakistan came away with the 41-run victory, scoring a hefty 375 for the loss of three. Zimbabwe staged a gallant chase, highlighted by 117 from Captain Elton Chigumbura.
But Wahab Riaz dismissed Chigumbura, taking the batsman's off stump — which turned out to be the final appearance by Chigumbura in the historic series. Following the Tuesday match, the Zimbabwe captain was called on the carpet for his team's slow over rate and hit with a two-game suspension.
Hamilton Masakadza will take over as skipper for Friday's Second ODI, as well as for the tour's concluding ODI match on Sunday.
Riaz appeared back in the dominant form he displayed in the World Cup back in March, taking three wickets while being touched for just 47 runs in his 10 overs bowled in the First ODI.
India-based website CricHD will stream the Second ODI at this link, but fans who choose that option will have to put up with numerous advertisements that often cause slowdowns when viewing online. The best way to watch the Zimbabwe vs. Pakistan cricket match 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.
But there are legal ways to watch Willow TV for free. Certain promotional offers make it possible to watch the all-cricket network, including the Zimbabwe vs. Pakistan ODI series, for a limited period of time, such as the offer at this link — or try 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.
Viewers with access to Pakistan internet sites can watch the match line online via Geo Super TV by clicking here.
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