India completed a three-match whitewash of Zimbabwe on Tuesday, providing a welcome relief to India cricket fans during a day of grim news on the domestic scene. Now those same fans can watch live online as India tries to continue the feel-good story in Africa with the first of two India vs. Zimbabwe T20 International matches on Friday.
On Tuesday, a judicial panel in India delivered a blow to the country's cricket jewel, the Indian Premier League, banning two franchises — the Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals — in connection with a gambling scandal.
But the performance by a young team of mostly second-string national team players gave India some good news on the cricket front — even coming against a lesser, albeit improving team in Zimbabwe.
The India tour of Zimbabwe now wraps up with a pair of T20 International matches, Friday and Sunday.
To find out how to watch the Friday India vs. Zimbabwe First T20I live online, see the information at the bottom of this article. The match is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. on July 17 at the Harare Sports Club in the Zimbabwe capital of Harare. That's 4:30 p.m. Indian Standard Time, 7 a.m. United States Eastern Time, 4 a.m. Pacific.
Of course, Zimbabwe will be out to spoil the India party — not to mention snap a losing streak that has now stretched to 11 matches in both the 50-over and 20-over formats, dating back to Zimbabwe's final four World Cup matches in February and March, through the team's historic visit to Pakistan in May — one that saw the hosts win all four games — and the latest three losses to India.
India-based website CricHD will stream the India vs. Zimbabwe First T20 International 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 India vs. Zimbabwe third 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 — 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. India network Ten Sports Live streams the match at this link.
[Image via The Zimbabwean]