Pakistan and Sri Lanka cricket fans can watch their Under-19 teams go at it in a match streaming live online as the two subcontinent rivals jockey for position in the quarterfinal round in the third and final Group B match of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup for both squads. Both Pakistan and Sri Lanka qualified for the Super League quarterfinal stage by defeating Afghanistan and Canada, both of whom will now play for no higher than ninth place in the tournament.
The Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka match on Wednesday morning in Dhaka, Bangladesh — Tuesday evening in the United States — will also be the final match of the U19 Cricket World Cup group stage before the Super League quarterfinal phase opens on February 5.
The Sri Lanka U19 squad most recently faced Pakistan in a two-game series of three-day matches back in October, winning both is comfortable fashion. But they faced a scare in their January 30 match, their second of the tournament, against upstart Afghanistan, barely hanging on for a 33-run win after starting at 50 for no loss, then suddenly collapsing to 96 for five.
— Sri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) January 30, 2016
But the team appears unworried as they head into the showdown with Pakistan.
“I don’t see any issues. We were 50 for no loss and suddenly the spinners came on,” said Sri Lanka assistant coach Avishka Gunawardene. “We knew the wicket was going to be difficult against the spinners and it is going to be slow and it is going to take some turn. All credit to Afghanistan. The two spinners bowled really well.”
To find out how to watch the Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka final group stage match of the U19 Cricket World Cup live online, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. The match is scheduled to get underway at 9 a.m. Indian Standard Time on Wednesday, February 3, at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
For United States viewers, the match begins streaming at 10 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, February 2 — 7 p.m. Pacific.
The loser of the Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka match must face undefeated England in a quarterfinal match on February 7.
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But the winner takes on the team that suddenly became the most controversial side in the U19 Cricket World Cup, West Indies, who secured their place in the quarterfinal when — up by just two runs over Zimbabwe at the start of the final over on Tuesday — bowler Keemo Paul knocked down the stumps on non-striking batsman Richard Ngarava, catching the Zimbabwe batsman wandering out of his crease.
Watch the controversial play in the following video.
But claiming the crucial, match-winning wicket with a “mankad” sparked outrage throughout the cricket world, with many fellow cricketers claiming that though the mankading may have been within the rules, it violated the “spirit of the game. Several senior England players, in particular spoke out.
Disgraceful behaviour in the U19CWC. WI’s should be embarrassed!!
— Eoin Morgan (@Eoin16) February 2, 2016
Can’t believe what I’ve just seen! Embarrassing! #CWCU19
— Jos Buttler (@josbuttler) February 2, 2016
But West Indies also received support, not only from former Windies star Ian Bishop, but from farther corners as well, including superstar India spinner Ravi Ashwin.
@mnkala21 The negligence has to stop at some point. The law is the law. Why should young cricketers feel bad for following the law?
— ian bishop (@irbishi) February 2, 2016
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) February 2, 2016
India-based site CrichHD will offer a stream of the match at this link. The most reliable way to watch the Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka U19 Cricket World Cup final Group B match for both teams 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.
There are legal ways to watch Willow TV for free. Certain promotional offers make it possible to watch the all-cricket network, including the India vs. Nepal U19 Cricket World Cup match — and daily matches throughout the tournament, 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 the Sling TV option can be found at this link.
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