The knockout stage of the Under-19 Cricket World Cup is ready to roll, and fans can watch one of the most enthralling storylines of the tournament streaming live online as hosts Bangladesh take on Nepal, the Cinderella team of U19 World Cup, whose exploits have galvanized their home country as it struggles through political turmoil and the aftermath of a devastating earthquake.
Bangladesh, until recently regarded only as a "minnow" in the seas of international cricket, were one of the most inspiring stories of 2015, as the senior national team qualified for the quarterfinals of the Cricket World Cup and then tore off a streak of defeating world elite teams in One Day International series — Pakistan, India, and South Africa all falling on their visits to Bangladesh.
But in Friday's first U19 Cricket World Cup quarterfinal, the Bangladesh Young Tigers find themselves in the unfamiliar role of dominant powerhouse, standing in the way of a country thirsty for a victory not just for international cricket prestige, but to uplift its national spirits.
In a group where cricket giants India and New Zealand were universally tabbed to qualify for the knockout stage, Nepal sent shockwaves through the tournament and the whole world of international cricket by stunning the Junior Black Caps in the opening match for both teams on January 28, taking a 32-run victory as the Nepal bowlers dismissed New Zealand inside of 48 overs.
Nepal stun New Zealand at U19 World Cup https://t.co/WfJpvrHuEx #cricketTwo days later, the Nepal teens crushed late replacement Ireland, needing under 26 overs, romping to an eight-wicket victory.
— FOX SPORTS Cricket (@FOXCricketLive) January 29, 2016
But Bangladesh also started their 2016 U19 Cricket World Cup with a startling upset, bowling out defending champions South Africa inside of 49 overs to take a shocking 43-run win.
Watch highlights of the historic Bangladesh victory over the South Africa Junior Proteas in the video below.
To find out how to watch the Bangladesh vs. Nepal first U19 Cricket World Cup quarterfinal match live online, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. The win-or-go-home youth ODI is scheduled to get underway at 9 a.m. India Standard Time at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Friday, February 5.
For fans in the United States, that's 10 p.m. Eastern Time on the previous night, Thursday, February 4 — 7 p.m. Pacific Time.
2016 @ICC U19 World Cup: Bangladesh stun defending champs South Africa, England plummel Fiji https://t.co/6ZmyFWM6LC pic.twitter.com/Vl4hlfduqLFollowing their upset of South Africa, Bangladesh defeated Scotland by 114 runs and then, in a record-setting show of dominance, held quarterfinal-bound Namibia — another surprising team in this edition of the U19 Cricket World Cup — to a mere 65 runs, resulting in a resounding eight-wicket victory in just 16 overs to finish the group stage undefeated in all three matches.
— dna (@dna) January 27, 2016
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While Nepal may be the tournament's feel-good story, the Bangladesh youngsters would make national cricket history of their own if the Young Tigers can pull out the victory over Nepal — becoming the first Bangladesh team to advance to the semifinal of a World Cup at any level of cricket.
The most reliable way to watch the Bangladesh vs. Nepal U19 Cricket World Cup first quarterfinal match 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 Bangladesh vs. Nepal U19 Cricket World Cup first match, and the remainder of the championship knockout stage 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. The India-based site CricHD will also carry a stream at this link.
[Featured Photo via International Cricket Council]