The Bangladesh women's cricket team faces another difficult test when the Lady Tigers face England in their second match of the Women's T20 World Cup Thursday, after falling to hosts India by a formidable 72 run margin earlier this week. Before the tournament opened, the Bangladesh women, who remain far less experienced in international T20 cricket than the Lionesses, also dropped a practice match to Sri Lanka, after defeating Ireland in a warm-up.
England, on the other hand, played three warm-up games, winning them all — twice against New Zealand and once against defending Women's T20 World Cup champions Australia, who defeated England in the T20 World Cup Final two years ago, when Bangladesh hosted the competition.
Bangladesh, after taking the hammering from India two days earlier, face a must-win game in just their second time out to maintain a realistic hope of advancing in the tournament.
England, winners of the very first Women's T20 World Cup in 2009, have won 14 of their last 19 games in T20 World Cup play and were runners-up to Australia in both of the previous two tournaments.
Bangladesh Captain Jahanara Alam said on Wednesday that her team has moved on from the humbling defeat to India and is ready for the challenge posed by England, one of the world's top T20 side in the women's game.
"We want to forget everything and move forward. We have the confidence to bounce back and are thinking only about playing England tomorrow. We just want to learn from our mistakes. Before every match, any team wants to win so we will go into the match with that attitude. England is a very good side, but we are not thinking about that. We are thinking simply about playing our game."Watch highlights of Tuesday's Bangladesh vs. India match in the video below.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the Bangladesh Vs. England Women's T20 Cricket World Cup match, see the links at the bottom of this article. First ball in the match is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. India Standard Time at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, India, on Thursday, March 17.
For fans in the United States, the live stream will go online at 6 a.m. Eastern Time, 3 a.m. Pacific.
In-form England seek winning start against Bangladesh - Cricbuzz https://t.co/tBJ8xVxPdP #BangladeshEngland and Bangladesh have previously squared off only one time. But a confident England skipper Charlotte Edwards promised England fans that her team will not take the Lady Tigers lightly.
— Bangladesh News (@BDnews) March 16, 2016
"We will be favorites tomorrow, and our rankings suggest that as well. We have played against Bangladesh only once and know they are a tough opposition and a good bowling and fielding outfit, but I guess probably lacking a bit with the bat. We saw that yesterday in their game against India, but they are not a team we will underestimate at all."The match will be the first of the tournament for England. The last and only time the Lionesses and Lady Tigers have met in a T20 match came in the 2014 Women's Cricket World Cup, when England dominated Bangladesh, winning by 59 runs after restricting Bangladesh to just 59 for nine.
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The most reliable way to watch the Bangladesh vs. England Women's T20 Cricket World Cup match 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 Thursday's Bangladesh vs. England Women's T20 Cricket World Cup 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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