India cricket fans can watch their Under 19 team streaming live online as India faces inspirational underdog Namibia in the second U19 Cricket World Cup quarterfinal Saturday morning — Friday evening in the United States — as the Boys in Blue try to take one step closer to a record fourth victory in the world’s top international youth tournament.
Standing in their way will be the surprising Nambia side that captured the imagination of cricket fans worldwide when they qualified for the knockout round by shocking defending U19 World Cup champions South Africa with a two-wicket win on January 31.
Namibia placed 14th in the 2014 edition of the U19 Cricket World Cup, and had never placed higher than 11th, which happened in 2008. Now they stand two wins away from a place in the World Cup Final.
THAT feeling of knocking the Reigning World Champions out of #U19CWC!
— ICC (@ICC) January 31, 2016
Of course, neither of those wins will come easily, and in their game against India, they face the tournament favorites and three-time champions. But the African upstarts say that while they know they face a daunting task, they are not intimidated.
“Everyone in the team is excited about the challenge on Saturday and we all know we are going to be tested but we believe we can beat India. We have prepared well and everyone is ready,” Coach Rangarirai Manyande told The Namibian newspaper on Friday.
“Our strength has been our team spirit. We play great as a team,” paceman and Captain Zane Green added. “I am very happy with the performance so far but playing India will obviously be a new experience.”
India, in the final match of their group stage, defeated another Cinderella quarterfinalist, Nepal. To see highlights of that match, watch the video below.
To find out how to watch the India vs. Namibia U19 Cricket World Cup second quarterfinal match live online, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. The match is set to get underway at 9 a.m. India Standard Time at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah, Bangladesh, on Saturday, February 6.
For United States fans, that start time will be 10 p.m. Eastern Time on the previous night, Friday, February 5, and at 7 p.m. Pacific Time.
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While India will be expected to dominate the match, the largely unknown and unheralded Namibian players pose something of a wild card for India. But Captain Ishan Kishan said that India plans to stick to their usual approach, regardless of the opponent.
“We have not seen Namibia play but they must obviously be doing well to get to this stage,” Kishan said. “The idea is to stick to the basics and focus on our plans.”
In the first quarterfinal match of the U19 Cricket World Cup, the Bangladesh Young Tigers made history by defeating Nepal in a thriller, advancing to the semifinal round of a Cricket World Cup for the first time for any level of team in the country’s cricket history.
— ICC (@ICC) February 5, 2016
India domestic broadcaster Star Sports will stream the India vs. Namibia second quarterfinal match of the 2016 Under-19 Cricket World Cup from Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah, Bangladesh, at this link, and the India-based site CrichHD will offer a stream at this link. The most reliable way to watch the India vs. Nepal U19 Cricket World Cup final Group D 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. Namibia U19 Cricket World Cup quarterfinal match — and the remaining knockout stage matches in 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 that deal can be found at this link.
[Featured Photo via International Cricket Council]