Cricket fans will want to watch live online when Pakistan takes on England in the third test match of their three-test series Sunday. Pakistan is looking to nail down a crucial series victory that would lift them to second in the international test rankings, a lofty height they have not reached since 2006, and then only briefly.
England, on the other hand, will be looking to go one better than in the second test, when a heroic, four-hour tail-end stand by Adil Rashid came up just short, and England fell to Pakistan on the fifth day with fewer than seven overs left before the visitors would have been able to force their second straight draw.
Watch highlights of Rashid's stand on the fifth day of the second test in the video above, on this page.
Conditions have posed a problem for England on the slow, dry pitches of the United Arab Emirates, where Pakistan is forced to play their home games due to serious security concerns in their home country. Pakistan's spinners have had the advantage, but England veteran James Anderson says that his country's four fast bowlers have fought hard to make the most of the harsh conditions.
"In these conditions you've got to try and get something out of it as a seamer, you try all sorts of things," Anderson told Britain's Independent newspaper ahead of the third test. "We've had the keeper up at different stages, you bowl off-cutters and things like that. The ball that got Misbah-[-ul-Haq] the other day was a genuine off-spinner, you just try it."
To find out how to watch day one of the third Pakistan vs. England test match live online, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. Play on day one is scheduled to get underway at 10 a.m. local time at Sharjah Cricket Ground in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. For viewers in the United States — where Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday morning, the match would start at 1 a.m. Eastern Time on November 1 after setting the clock back, but 11 p.m. on October 31 Pacific Time, where the clocks would not be changed for another three hours.
Pakistan will see one major, injury-related change for the third test, as pace bowler Imran Khan will be forced to sit out after splitting the webbing of his right hand, his bowling hand, while fielding during a net session on Friday.
"He is out for ten days after four stitches were applied at his webbing," said Intikhab Alam, Pakistan's team manager, quoted by ESPN Cricinfo.
Since his test debut in October of last year, Khan ha never played in a losing test match for Pakistan in seven outings. His spot in the Pakistan XI is likely to be taken by left-arm quick Rahat Ali, who was last seen in the drawn first test in Abu Dhabi.
England will also be down one fast bowler, with Mark Wood sitting out the third test to rest an ongoing ankle injury.
The best way to watch day one of the Pakistan vs. England cricket third test match 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.
Viewers with access to Pakistani internet sites can watch the England vs. Pakistan test cricket match line online via Geo Super TV by clicking here.
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