Watch the India national cricket team live online as they play their first Test match in Sri Lanka since 2010 — and try to take a step toward winning a test series in that country for the first time since 1993. But the Test series carries added significance, as not only are the two nations battling for position in the ICC world test rankings, but the series also marks the end of a brilliant career for Sri Lanka batting legend Kumar Sangakkara.
Sangakkara, whose 12,305 Test runs make the 37-year-old the leader among all active players, has said that the First and Second Test of the three-match series will be the last two of his 15-year Test career.
"A series win is the best way to send off a player of Sangakkara's caliber," said Sri Lanka Captain and all-rounder Angelo Matthews — but even though Sri Lanka have won or drawn four home series in a row against India, the team is in a transitional stage, and winning this time around may not be a given.
To find out how to watch the India vs. Sri Lanka First Test cricket match live online, see the streaming links below in this article. First ball is scheduled for 10 a.m. local time at Galle International Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Wednesday, August 12.
But with the time zone differences, the match will start at 12:30 a.m., United States Eastern Time — and 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 11, Pacific Time.
Of course, the start time depends also on the weather, and thunderstorms are predicted for Wednesday — and in fact for all five scheduled days of the First Test match — in Colombo.
India sends a team with little experience playing Test matches in Sri Lanka. In fact, 11 of the 15 players on the team selected to make the trip to the tiny island nation just south of India.
Among the India players with no experience playing Test matches on Sri Lankan soil are the team's captain, Virat Kohli. Only Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra and opening batsman Murali Vijay have ever played a test there before — and Vijay has already been scratched from the First Test due to a hamstring injury suffered during the recent India visit to Zimbabwe.
Can India take the first step toward winning their first Test series in Sri Lanka since 1993? Or will Sri Lanka give Kumar Sangakarra the send-off to his Test career that the legendary batsman deserves? To find out, watch the Sri Lanka vs. India cricket First Test match live online in the United States via 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. CricHD will stream the Sri Lanka vs. India First Test match live online at this site.
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