Diehard India cricket fans will want to watch live online when their team's first-ever one day international away series against Australia wraps up with India desperately fighting to avoid a humiliating five-game sweep at the hands of their hosts, the reigning Cricket World Cup champions. But Australia has not only looked unbeatable at home in ODI matches, they actually have been.
Australia has won 18 home ODI matches in a row, including all seven played on Australian soil in last year's World Cup tournament. Their last home loss came in November of 2014 to South Africa in Perth.
India appeared more than poised to end the Australia winning streak in the fourth ODI of the current series, played on Wednesday at Manuka Oval in Canberra, after Australia set an impressive total of 348. India lost just one wicket and, thanks to a 212 partnership by Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan, had racked up a fast 277, needing under one run per ball to reach the winning score of 349.
And then disaster struck — a disaster for which the India batsmen had only themselves to blame. Australia's imposing, six-foot-six, 220-pound all-rounder John Hastings dismissed Dhawan to break the partnership, and then incredibly sent M.S. Dhoni off for a duck. Suddenly, India was at 277-3 with the outlook darkening.
From there, Australia bowlers simply rolled — or India batsmen folded, depending on one's point of view. In any event, the last nine India wickets fell for a gain of only 46, as Australia escaped with a 25-run victory, and India left demoralized — desperate for one win before the format shifts to a three-match T20 series.
"My wicket really was the turning point at that point of time, we lost quite a few there but it was my wicket because according to the role and responsibility that everybody has, that specifically is my role," India Captain Dhoni said after the match.
Watch highlights of the fourth Australia-India ODI in the video below, courtesy of Willow TV.
To find out how to watch the fifth and final Australia vs. India ODI live online, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. First ball is scheduled for 2:20 p.m. local time at Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Australia, on Saturday, January 23. But for United States cricket fans, the match gets underway on Friday, January 22, with a start time of 10:20 p.m. Eastern Time, 7:20 p.m. Pacific.
With Australia continuing to romp, the ODI series against visiting India pitting two of the world's top cricketing powerhouses has been a ratings smash for the Australian television Nine Network.
The rematch of last year's Cricket World Cup semifinal — also won by Australia in a 95-run rout — pulled in a high of nearly 2.8 million viewers, more than 10 percent of Australia's 23 million population.
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India-based broadcaster Star Sports will stream the fifth ODI match between Australia and India from Sydney Cricket Ground at this link. The best way to watch Australia vs. India online in the United States, however, is through Willow TV, which is available via this YouTube link, as well on the Willow app for mobile devices or on Willow TV's own site, accessible by clicking here with a monthly subscription fee.
But there are legal ways to watch Willow TV for free. Certain promotional offers make it possible to watch the all-cricket network, including the Australia vs. India fifth ODI and three T20 matches to follow, for a limited period of time, such as the offer at this link. The best bet would be the one-month free trial of Sling TV's International Sports Package, which includes Willow. Information on that deal can be found at this link.
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