The India cricket team suffered a stunning defeat to Sri Lanka in the first T20 of their bilateral series. Fans can watch the second T20 streaming live online Friday, as Captain M.S. Dhoni and his men attempt to avoid what would be a humiliating series defeat ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup in March, and the Asian Cup just a few weeks before that.
Though India came into the series as the world’s top-ranked T20 cricket team, in the first T20 International match of the three-match series, Sri Lanka pulled off an unexpected five-wicket win with two full overs remaining, sending the islanders leapfrogging to the top of the world rankings while India dropped to third.
But a victory by India in the second T20 would flip those positions once again.
In the first match, Tuesday in Pune, Sri Lanka was led from the front by Captain Dinesh Chandimal who put up a tally of 35 in 35 balls — while his counterpart on the India side, Dhoni, was dismissed for just two runs on two deliveries.
Sri Lanka pacer Kasun Rajitha took three wickets on the Pune track, but the slower pitch at Jharkhand International Stadium in Ranchi, which will host its first-ever international T20 match, could put Rajitha and the other fast bowlers in the Sri Lanka attack in handcuffs.
Watch highlights of the first India-Sri Lanka T20 match in the video below, courtesy of Willow TV.
To find out how to watch the second India vs. Sri Lanka T20 International match live online, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. The match gets underway at 7:30 p.m. India Standard Time on Friday, February 12, at Jharkhand International Stadium in Ranchi, India. For viewers in the United States, that start time will be 9 a.m. Eastern Time, 6 a.m. Pacific.
While assessing the condition of the pitch is concern before any and every cricket match, in Ranchi, the condition of the outfield is expected to also come into play — perhaps in a serious way.
The match was originally scheduled to be played in Delhi, but was switched to Ranchi less than two weeks ago and there have been questions about whether the field has been adequately prepared in time for the game.
Pictures and descriptions of the outfield show large patches of dry, yellowed grass and even sand.
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But Sri Lanka batsman Chamara Kapugedera took a fatalistic attitude toward the highly unusual and possibly dangerous conditions in the Ranchi outfield.
“Yes, it’s not the ideal outfield but you have to put that apart and do what’s necessary,” Kapugedera todl ESPNCricinfo. “It’s beyond our control anyway, and we have to play the match anyway. It doesn’t look that bad, there’s just sand and that’s okay. It’s an international game, and there won’t be a drop in standard due to the outfield.”
India-based broadcaster Star Sports will stream the second T20 match between India and Sri Lanka from Jharkhand International Stadium in Ranchi, India, at this link. CricHD proves a live stream at this link, as well. The most reliable way to watch India vs. Sri Lanka live 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.
There are other legal ways to watch Willow TV for free. Certain promotional offers make it possible to watch the all-cricket network, including both remaining India vs. Sri Lanka T20 matches, for free for a limited period of time, such as the offer at this link. Another good 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 By Rajanish Kakadu / Associated Press]