Pakistan faces New Zealand in what may be the most important match of the T20 Cricket World Cup so far on Tuesday, a match that will stream live as the surprising New Zealand side could all but lock down a place in the tournament semifinals with a win — but a win by Paksitan would throw Super 10 Group Two into chaos, with any one of the five teams in the group with at least a chance, in some cases a very good chance, to emerge from the group into the knockout round.
Under new Captain Kane Williamson, who took over the New Zealand helm following the retirement of legendary skipper Brendon McCullum earlier this year, the Black Caps have come roaring into the T20 version of the Cricket World Cup, cruising past host India in the tournament opener, then taking out their own regional rivals Australia with an eight-run win last Thursday.
New Zealand will now face a Pakistan team that has played inconsistent cricket so far in 2016, and is now at 1-1 in the T20 World Cup, and is coming off of its second straight loss to arch-rival India. Pakistan fell to India by six wickets on Saturday after a five-wicket defeat in the Asia Cup tournament last month.
Watch highlights of the Pakistan loss to India in the T20 Cricket World Cup in the video below.
To find out how to watch a live stream of Tuesday’s New Zealand vs. Pakistan match, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. The game is scheduled to get underway at Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali, India, at 7:30 p.m. India Standard Time on Tuesday, March 22.
For United States cricket fans, the live stream will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 7 a.m. Pacific.
Pakistan was dealt another tough break on Monday, when not one but two of the team’s key players went down with injuries. Left arm pacer Wahab Riaz, the Pakistan hero of last year’s Cricket World Cup — the 50 overs version — suffered a head injury when he was hit above his left ear by a thrown ball during a team practice on Monday.
Wahab was taken to a hospital for examination and while he was found to have no fracture or concussion, Pakistan cricket officials could not say whether the fast bowler who has taken 18 wickets in 19 T20 International innings would be available for Tuesday’s match against New Zealand.
At the same time, opening batsman Mohammad Hafeez suffered a bone contusion sometime in the past two days and is also doubtful for the New Zealand match.
Pakistan and New Zealand have previously played 14 T20 International matches, with Pakistan holding a slight edge at eight wins to six. But New Zealand won both of the two most recent games, played in New Zealand earlier this year.
Only Pakistan Captain Shahid Afridi has played in all 14 previous T20 confrontations with New Zealand.
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Star Sports will carry a live stream of the match at this link. But the most reliable way to watch the crucial New Zealand vs. Pakistan T20 Cricket World Cup Super 10 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 Tuesday’s New Zealand vs. Pakistan T20 Cricket World Cup Super 10 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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