Fans of Subcontinent cricket will want to watch live online as Sri Lanka hosts Pakistan for an extensive tour beginning this week, with the first of three Test Matches between the rival nations who have played each other 389 times in Test cricket since 1952 — a series that is close to even, with Pakistan winning 122 to Sri Lanka’s 110, along with 157 matches drawn.
The three-Test series will also capture the attention of the cricket world due to widespread speculation that this series could mark the last, or next-to-last, time that Sri Lanka will see its greatest player, Kumar Sangakkara, pull on the white sweater.
To find out how to watch Day One of the First Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka Test Match live online, see the information at the bottom of this article. The Test Match is scheduled to open at Galle International Stadium in Galle, Sri Lanka, at 10 a.m. local time on Wednesday, June 17.
For United States viewers, that’s 12:30 a.m on Wednesday, Eastern Time — 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the Pacific time zone.
The three Tests will be followed a five-ODI series plus a pair of T20 matches, with the tour wrapping up on August 1.
The 37-year-old Sangakkara comes into the latest Test Match against Pakistan with a record 12,203 Test runs and 38 centuries in his incredible career. The closest to him in those departments is England Test Captain Alastair Cook, more than 3,000 runs and 11 centuries behind the extraordinary “Sanga.”
The living legend has already retired from One Day and T20 cricket — but he has not yet said when he plans to hang up his Test whites. The prevailing speculation is that Sanga will take part in two of the three Test matches against Pakistan, then take his final bow in one more Test when India — the arch-rival of both Pakistan and Sri Lanka — visits the country in August.
Watch live online to find out what Sangakkara will do against Pakistan Wednesday. India-based website CricHD will stream the First Test at this link, but viewers there will have to put up with numerous advertisements that often cause slowdowns when viewing online. The best way to watch the Sri Lanka vs. Pakistan cricket Frist Test 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.
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.
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