A new-look India cricket team ends its five-match tour of Zimbabwe Sunday with a chance to victimize their hosts with a clean sweep if the boys in blue can win the second and final T20 International match of the visit. Zimbabwe, on the other hand, must win to stop their dismal losing streak at 12 games, going back to the Cricket World Cup in February.
But in the first T20 on Friday — after dropping all three 50-over One Day International matches to an India team that was absent most of their big-name stars — Zimbabwe showed few signs that they will be able to overcome an India side that looked far more experienced despite putting five debutantes on the field.
To find out how to watch the Second Zimbabwe vs. India T20 Cricket International live online, see the information at the bottom of this article. The match is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. local time at Harare Sports Club, in the Zimbabwe capital city of Harare, on Sunday, July 19. That's 7 a.m. United States Eastern Time, 4 a.m. Pacific.
While, thanks to the Indian Premier League, most India players already have significant experience in the accelerated, crowd-pleasing 20-over format, Zimbabwe has a long way to go. The national side has played only 34 T20 International matches, dating back to 2006 — and won only six of them.
India, on the other hand, have played 54 T20 Internationals, winning 31.
The Zimbabwe inexperience showed in Friday's match, with the team's bowlers giving up a staggering 25 extra runs — an average of more than one every over — while batters posted a dot-ball rate of 50 percent, a rate that with only 120 deliveries available, makes it virtually impossible to win a T20 match.
India-based website CricHD will stream the India vs. Zimbabwe Second 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 Second T20 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.
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