Watch live online as Sri Lanka, the top-ranked T20 international cricket team in the world, face Pakistan looking for a degree of redemption after losing a Test series, followed by a 3-2 loss in a One Day International series as the teams close out the Pakistan 2015 tour of their island rivals with a pair of matches in the high energy Twenty-20 format.
To find out how to watch the First T20 International Sri Lanka vs. Pakistan match live online, see the streaming links in the second half of this article. The match is scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, at R. Premadasa Stadium in the Sri Lanka capital city of Colombo. In the United States, that's 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time, 6:30 a.m. Pacific.
Sri Lanka sits atop the world T20 rankings, while Pakistan is currently at fifth. Sri Lanka are also the current world champions on the format, winning the World T20 tournament last year.
But behind their T20 captain, veteran fast bowler Lasith Malinga, Sri Lanka will present a whole new look to their subcontinent rivals, with five players making their international debuts in the XI selected for the first T20 match.
"We need to get the younger brigade in the stream so that we have a gradual transition leading up to the next World T20 and the 50-over World Cup beyond that," said the Sri Lanka chief selector Kapila Wijegunawardene. "We need to put them on the ground and see how they perform."
Pakistan will feature two uncapped players in the First T20 International on Thursday.
Can Pakistan continue its dominance over Sri Lanka, even in the T20 format? Or will world top-ranked Sri Lanka get some revenge for its losses in the Test and ODI series? To find out, watch the Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka cricket First T20 International 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 First Sri Lanka vs. Pakistan T20 International. 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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