Pakistan looks to secure their place in the prestigious 2017 Champions Trophy tournament with a win over Sri Lanka in the fifth and final One Day International match of their current series Sunday. Sri Lanka continues to search for an identity in the absence of both Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, who have now retired from international one-day cricket.
To watch the Sri Lanka vs. Pakistan Fifth ODI live online, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. First ball is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. local time at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, in Hambantota, Sri Lanka. That's 5 a.m. United States Eastern Time, 2 a.m. Pacific.
Pakistan, who just three months ago appeared to be a team struggling with a transition of their own, suffering a three-game ODI series sweep at the hands of upstart Bangladesh, would end up with 92 points in the ICC world ODI rankings if they can nail down a fourth win out of five in the series.
That total would be enough to insure the eighth and final slot in the 2017 Champions Trophy, to be held in England. Played every four years, the Champions Trophy ranks second only to the Cricket World Cup as the most coveted prize in ODI cricket.
But if Pakistan plays any more ODI games before September of this year, when the Champions Trophy field will be finalized, they could still lose points and drop out of the competition after all.
That's why Pakistan cricket authorities are having second thoughts about playing a triangular ODI series against Zimbabwe and West Indies in August. However, if Sri Lanka wins on Sunday, Pakistan will likely need to get the points back, and will probably go ahead with the August matches.
Can Pakistan secure their spot in the 2017 Champions Trophy tournament? Or will Sri Lanka rally to salvage some dignity from the ODI series? To find out, watch the Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka cricket Fifth ODI match live online in the United States using one of several options. 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, will carry a United States feed of the match.
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.
The India-based TEN Sports network provides a streaming link here for the Fourth Sri Lanka vs. Pakistan ODI. Viewers with access to Pakistan internet sites can watch the Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka Fifth ODI match live online via Geo Super TV by clicking here, while CricHD will stream the Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka match live online at this site.
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