Watch live online as the festive Caribbean Premier League cricket tournament plays Match No. 3 Tuesday when the Barbados Tridents host the Jamaica Tallawahs — a game that sees the 2015 CPL debut of the West Indies biggest hitter and most popular player, Chris Gayle.
Gale (pictured), a Kingston, Jamaica, native, captains the Jamaica Tallawahs team which finished fourth, grabbing the final playoff berth in last year's CPL. Gayle and his team, which also features the great New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori — playing his final tournament, as he has now retired from international and domestic cricket — and West Indies top fast bowler Jerome Taylor, now hopes to improve on that showing in this, the third year of the Caribbean Premier League.
To find out how to watch the Barbados Tridents vs. Jamaica Tallawahs Caribbean Premier League T20 cricket match live online, see the information at the bottom of this article. First ball is scheduled for 6 p.m. Atlantic Standard Time June 23, which is the same as United States Eastern Daylight Time — 3 p.m. Pacific Time — at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados.
The weather forecast for Bridgetown on Tuesday calls for wind and warm temperatures, but no rain — which will come as a relief after a downpour in St. Lucia on Tuesday wiped out the match between the St. Lucia Zouks and Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel after St. Lucia posted a first innings score of 179. Both teams received a single point for the no-result.
Even with the rain, grandstands were packed for the match, as they were for the 2015 Caribbean Premier League opener when Barbados defeated the visiting Guyana Amazon Warriors by 49 runs.
The enthusiasm shown for the CPL competition — and the carnival-like atmosphere that surrounds it — has stood in stark contrast to the thinning crowds that have turned out for the West Indies' recent Test matches against England and Australia, leading cricket traditionalists to fear that the Windies, who for two decades were virtually synonymous with the game of Test cricket, have declined so sharply that they risk taking the treasured Test format with them.
A recent headline, after Australia's two-match wipeout of a seemingly hapless West Indies side, in the Australian newspaper the Age, read, "Test Cricket: Gone With The Windies." But the CPL has captured the affections of the once cricket-crazy Caribbean islands.
"Traditionalists dismiss it as nothing more than entertainment and irrelevant to the development of real cricketers, yet it has caught the imagination of an otherwise disenchanted public," wrote ESPN Cricinfo columnist Tony Cozier. "Without it, it is not far-fetched to accept the Age's "Test cricket: gone with the Windies" assertion as not far from the mark."
ESPN3, the online-only service of ESPN, will stream the Barbados Tridents vs. Jamaica Tallawahs Caribbean Premier League Match No. 3, and all CPL 2015 matches, live online at this link. ESPN3 is free to subscribers of most major internet service providers and many minor ISPs, as well. For a full list, check this link.
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