Fans of Test cricket can watch live online when Bangladesh hosts South Africa for the first of two five-day Test matches as the ninth-ranked Test-playing nation tries to carry the momentum from its shocking ODI series victory over South Africa, to upend the world leaders in cricket's longest and most trying format.
To watch the Bangaldesh vs. South Africa First Test match, Day One, live online, see the information at the bottom of this article. The match is scheduled to get underway at 9:30 a.m. local time on Tuesday, July 21, at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in the coastal Bangladesh city of Chittagong.
That's 11:30 p.m. United States East Coast Time on Monday, July 20, 8:30 p.m. Pacific Time.
After losing two of three to Bangladesh in their ODI series that finished up on Wednesday, South Africa has brought in eight new players for the Test series, including Dale Steyn, widely considered the cricket world's most fearsome fast bowler, at least in the Test format.
But Steyn's return should provide the Bangladesh players, not to mention fans, with extra motivation. In May, Steyn offended the whole country by stating that he would skip South Africa's Bangladesh tour because he did not want to "waste" any of the deliveries has has remaining in his career, preferring to save his body for "big tournaments."
Nonetheless, after Bangladesh handed South Africa a serious reality check in the One day International format, the Proteas are taking no chances with their world Number One Test ranking, calling up Steyn as well as fellow quicks Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel — though Morkel also appeared in the ODI series.
Even by winning both Test matches, Bangladesh will not move up on the ICC rankings table, but the Tigers can cut into the 40-point gap separating them from the eighth-ranked West Indies side.
Steyn remains the world's top-ranked Test bowler, but he has not played a Test match since the first week in January when South Africa hosted the Third test against West Indies.
In the interim, he gave up the match-winning six that sent South Africa crashing out of the Cricket World Cup semifinals against New Zealand — and he performed poorly in the T20 format with Sunrisers Hyderabad of the Indian Premier League, appearing in just six matches and taking only three wickets.
Watch the Bangladesh vs. South Africa First Test live online 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 Bangladesh vs. South Africa First Test match live online via Geo Super TV by clicking here, while CricHD will stream the match live online at this site.
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