The Bangladesh cricket team faces their moment of truth Sunday, in a match that will stream live as they face Oman, the surprise of the T20 World Cup qualifying round so far. For both teams, the match is a win-or-go-home proposition. The victor advances to the World T20 Super 10. The loser sees their tournament come to a premature end.
While Bangladesh is the heavy favorite, coming off their runner-up performance in the Asia Cup, Oman is still riding high after shocking Ireland in the first match of the Group A qualifying round. But both Bangladesh and Oman saw their second matches abandoned due to heavy rains on Friday in Dharamsala, India. Oman was scheduled to take on the Netherlands, but that game was washed out without a ball being bowled.
Bangladesh endured a two-hour delay waiting to face Ireland, and then got off to a blazing 94-2 start — including 47 off 26 balls by opener Tamim Iqbal — in the first eight overs of what was set to be a 15-overs-per-side match. And then the skies opened up again and the match had to chalked up as a no-result.
Watch highlights of the abbreviated Bangladesh innings against Ireland in the video below, courtesy of Willow TV.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the Bangladesh vs. Oman do-or-die T20 World Cup qualifying match for both teams, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. The loser-goes-home match is scheduled to get underway at 7:30 p.m. local time at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala, India, on Sunday, March 13.
For cricket fans in the United States, the Bangladesh vs. Oman live stream starts at 10 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (note the change to Daylight Savings Time in the U.S.), 7 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time.
Oman is clearly not intimidated by the emerging Asian powerhouse Bangladesh, saying that if the Tigers take the Oman side lightly, they’ll be in for a surprise.
“There will be no let up on our aggression,” Oman Skipper Sultan Ahmed said on Saturday. “We will have a game plan for Bangladesh and their danger man Tamim Iqbal.”
But Bangladesh Captain Mashrafe Mortaza assured fans that his team will bring their A-game against the upstarts from across the Gulf.
“We have seen them (Oman) play against Ireland. What we believe is that we will need to give our best against them to win the game and there is no way we will take chances against them,” Mortaza assured Bangladesh supporters.
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Nonetheless, Bangladesh enters the match with some concerns, particularly on the bowling side. Not only does 20-year-old prodigy Mustafizur Rahman remain on the sidelines with a side strain, but veteran left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny will miss the elimination match as he travels to Chennai, India, where he will undergo testing after he was reported to the ICC for an allegedly suspect bowling action.
Pacer Taskin Ahmed was also reported by umpires after Wednesday’s match against the Netherlands, but the 20-year-old will not travel to Chennai until Monday and will be available for the Oman contest.
Tigers players were outraged by the allegations against their two bowlers, and Mortaza said that they had dedicated the Ireland match to Sunny and Taskin.
“The characters that both Taskin and Sunny are, we know very well that they won’t lose their nerve and fight the situation out. Only thing we can do is support them,” the captain said.
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The other concern going into the Bangladesh vs. Oman match is, once again, the weather. Rain is in the forecast for Sunday in Dharamsala, and there is no reserve day set aside in case the match is abandoned.
The rain situation works in favor of Bangladesh, however. They come into the match with a net run rate of +0.4, compared to +0.2 for Oman — meaning that if the match is abandoned, Bangladesh will advance to the T20 World Cup Super 10.
Whichever side advances will next play against Pakistan on Wednesday, March 16.
Star Sports will carry a live stream of the match at this link. But the most reliable way to watch the Bangladesh vs. Oman T20 Cricket World Cup qualifying round eliminator match for both teams, via live stream in the United States, is through Willow TV, which is available via this YouTube link. Fans can also use 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. Oman T20 Cricket World Cup winner-take-all match, 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.
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