Cricket fans are in for serious entertainment when they watch the 3rd England vs. New Zealand ODI live online Sunday, after the two teams scored an astonishing total of 1,369 runs in a split of the first two One Day International matches in the five-game Royal London ODI series.
While aggressive cricket is what’s expected from New Zealand, the explosion of runs from the England side has shocked the cricket world.
For information on how to watch the England vs. New Zealand 3rd ODI live online, free and legally, see the bottom of this article. Unlike the first two ODI matches in the series, which were day-night games, the third match will be played entirely during the day — starting at 10:30 a.m. at the 15,000-seat Ageas Bowl (formerly known as the Rose Bowl) in Southampton, England.
For United States viewers, that’s 5:30 a.m. Eastern Time, 2:30 a.m. Pacific.
After producing their highest-ever one-day score with 408/9 in the first ODI on Tuesday, England fielded first in the 2nd ODI Friday and saw the Black Caps batter their bowlers for 398/5.
Faced with nearly having to repeat their 400-run performance to win the game, England proceeded to rack up their highest second-innings total — with only the weather preventing an even better and possibly winning score.
Actually, the rain conspired with the dreaded Duckworth-Lewis Method to stymie England’s inspiring run-chase. The sides played several minutes through a steady drizzle, but when the umpires finally called for the pitch to be covered at about 8:20 p.m. local time, England stood just 54 runs away from the target with 37 balls to play.
That would have been a rate of 8.76 runs per over, a tough but very attainable goal.
But 45 minutes later, when players came back on to the field, Duckworth-Lewis had adjusted the requirements to 34 runs from just 13 deliveries — an almost impossible rate of nearly 16 per over. England finished at 365/9, 13 runs shy of the Duckworth-Lewis adjusted target.
Nonetheless, the combined 763-runs scored on the day was the most ever for a one-day cricket match in England, by more than 100 runs. With a good batting track expected at the Ageas Bowl Sunday, fans are likely to be treated to another thrilling explosion of scoring.
There are two ways to watch the New Zealand vs. England 3rd ODI live online, free and legally. The first option is ESPN3, the online-only service of ESPN, which will stream the entire five-match ODI series at this link. ESPN3 is free to subscribers of almost any major internet service provider and dozens of smaller ISPs. For a complete list, check this link, or try the instructions at this link if you’re not a customer of an ISP that carries ESPN3.
The New Zealand vs. England ODI cricket series will also be streamed live online by One World Sports. The Sling TV international sports package includes One World Sports and costs $10 per month. But the first month is free, and the subscription can be cancelled at any time. To take advantage of the Sling TV offer, visit this link.
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