Cricket fans can watch live streaming video online as the Bangladesh Under-19 cricket team enters the 2016 U19 World Cup not only as hosts, but with high expectations to finish the 38-match, 16-team tournament as one of the top sides. The Young Tigers come into the world's top youth tournament in sparkling form, going back to last April when they took a seven-match One Day International series from defending U19 World Cup champion South Africa — the very team the Bangladesh U19 side will face in the opening match of tournament Wednesday in Chittagong.
As Bangladesh cricket fans will know well, the U19 World Cup offers a showcase for world cricket's future superstars. Just one year after creating a sensation in the 2014 U19 World Cup — the tournament is played every two years — left-arm pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman explode onto the senior squad, leading Bangladesh to perhaps its best year in international cricket, particularly in the ODI game.
Mustafizur claimed a startling 11 wickets against India in his first two ODI performances last April, as Bangladesh went on to a 10-2 record in ODI matches after the 2015 Cricket World Cup in Australia, where the Tigers advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time.
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South Africa also saw a breakout performance by a bowler in the last U19 World Cup, which was played in the United Arab Emirates. Kagiso Rabada, now like Mustafizur just 20 years old, took 13 wickets in a test match victory over England that concluded Tuesday, just his latest standout performance for the senior South Africa squad.
But the Bangladesh U19 Young Tigers now feature such emerging stars as all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin, who strangled South Africa in the fifth U19 ODI last April with a five-wicket haul.
Watch highlights of Saifuddin's stellar performance in that match in the video below, before watching him go at South Africa again in the U19 World Cup opener.
To find out how to watch the Bangladesh vs. South Africa U19 Cricket World Cup opener live online from Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong, Bangladesh, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. The match is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. local time in Chittagong on Wednesday, January 27.
For United States-based cricket fans, that start time will be 10 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, January 26, 7 p.m. Pacific.
Bangladesh and South Africa are paired in Group A, along with heavy underdogs Scotland and Namibia. As a result, both of the teams playing in the opening match are expected to progress to the U19 World Cup quarterfinals — but the team that finishes on top of the group draws the lower-ranked opponent in the first knockout round, meaning that the outcome of the opening match will go a long way toward determining each team's prospects of getting as far as the semifinals.
England takes on Fiji in Group C, in the other opening match on Wednesday. India sees its first action Thursday, facing upstart Ireland in a Group D match.
Ishan Kishan to lead India at U19 World Cup | Cricket pic.twitter.com/0avK4gKBhTIndia-based broadcaster Star Sports will stream the first match of the 2016 Under-19 Cricket World Cup, Bangladesh vs. South Africa, from Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong, Bangladesh in Chittagong, Bangladesh, at this link, and the India-based site CrichHD will offer a stream at this link. The most reliable way to watch the Bangladesh vs. South Africa U19 Cricket World Cup opener live online in the United States is through Willow TV, which is available via this YouTube link, as well as on the Willow app for mobile devices or on Willow TV's own site, accessible by clicking here with a monthly subscription fee.
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There are legal ways to watch Willow TV for free. Certain promotional offers make it possible to watch the all-cricket network, including the angladesh vs. South Africa U19 Cricket World Cup first match, and many of the 37 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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