Watch a crucial women's cricket match live online as India faces New Zealand with a qualifying berth in the 2017 ICC Women's Cricket World Cup on the line. The match will be the second One Day International of a five-match series between India and New Zealand, but only the first three matches in the series count in the ICC Women's Cricket Championship standings.
While India sit at the bottom of the table, they won the first ODI over New Zealand, and need a sweep of all three matches to snare the fourth and final automatic World Cup qualifying spot.
For information on how to watch the India vs. New Zealand women's cricket Second ODI live online from M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, India, see the final two paragraphs of this article. First ball is scheduled for 9 a.m. in Bangalore on Wednesday, July 1. In the United States, that's 11:30 p.m. Eastern Time on June 30 — 8:30 p.m. Pacific Time.
In the First ODI, India somehow managed to hold off a scrappy New Zealand side, who batted second in pursuit of 143 — after New Zealand started with a dominant bowling performance that somehow collapsed after eight wickets had already fallen.
Behind spinners Leigh Kasperek and Morna Nielsen, as well as fast bowler Lea Tahuhu, New Zealand restricted the hosts to just 87, with eight wickets gone after 31 overs. And then 32-year-old Jhulan Goswami, after 138 ODI matches for India, broke out for her first 50, sparking a tail-end attack that threatened to take India to 150.
But even stopping the assault at 142 wasn't good enough, with an unbeaten 21 from 23-year-old ODI debutante Leigh Kasperek as the only bright spot in a chase that left the White Ferns 17 runs short.
The New Zealand and India women are playing just their third-ever head-to-head ODI series, and first since 2004, when India won 4-1. The two countries also drew a 1985 series 3-3. A victory for India might salve the wounds from the humiliation suffered earlier in June by the Indian men's team, who were shocked by Bangladesh 2-1 in their ODI series.
The only way to watch the India Women vs. New Zealand Women 2nd 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. Also, Sling TV offers an International Sports Package for $10 per month, which includes the all-cricket channel — but new subscribers can take advantage of a one-month free trial. Information on that deal can be found at this link.
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