Coming off a rousing 82-run victory over World Cup champions Australia in the Second One Day International, Sri Lanka looks to take a commanding grip on the five ODI series when the two teams square off for a third match Sunday. The match that will stream live, and will see Australia playing for their survival without their 27-year-old captain, Steve Smith.
While Sri Lanka star Tillakaratne Dilshan has announced that he will call it quits, at least from international one-day competition, at the conclusion of the Australia tour, Smith simply decided that he needed a rest and flew home to Australia after the two teams split the first two matches of the ODI series.
Will Sri Lanka be able to give Tillakaratne Dilshan a fitting farewell from ODIs? https://t.co/p2ISdOnC5o pic.twitter.com/UogEHJT9B3Vice-Captain David Warner — who skippered the Sunrisers Hyderabad to their first Indian Premier League title earlier this year — will pilot the Australia squad the rest of the way, through three more ODI matches and a pair of T20 Internationals.
— MpitafiM13 (@MpitafiM13) August 28, 2016
Smith's decision caused controversy down under, with retired Australia opening batsman Matthew Hayden blasting Smith's early vacation as "absolute horse****," in a radio interview
Either way, Smith is gone, and Warner will face perhaps the biggest game of the remaining tour Sunday, with a loss meaning that his team would need to win the final two straight on Sri Lanka soil to come away with a series win.
Watch Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews preview the third Sri Lanka vs. Australia ODI, in the video below.To watch a live stream of the third Sri Lanka vs. Australia ODI, try the video below — or see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. First ball is scheduled for for 2:30 p.m. India Standard Time at at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium in Dambulla, Sri Lanka, on Sunday, August 28.For fans in the United States, the live stream will get underway at 5 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 2 a.m. Pacific. In Australia, the match will begin to stream live at 7 p.m. Australian Eastern Time, 5 p.m. Western.
Sri Lanka will hope to maintain their ferocious batting attack that saw them post a total of 288 in the second ODI, their highest ever against Australia on a Sri Lanka pitch — and fifth highest ODI total for Sri Lanka in any match against Australia.
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Can Sri Lanka continue its winning ways over Australia by taking a 2-1 lead in the five-match ODI series? Or will Australia — the world champions and still the top-ranked team in the 50-overs format — bounce back from their defeat on Wednesday to reclaim the advantage over the resurgent hosts? The best way to find out is to watch the Sri Lanka vs. Australia third ODI cricket match from Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium just outside of Dambulla, Sri Lanka, live online in the United States via Willow TV Xtra, available via this YouTube link with a monthly subscription fee, as well as on Willow TV's own site, accessible by clicking here.
There are also legal ways to watch Willow TV and Willow TV Xtra for free. Certain promotional offers make it possible to watch the all-cricket network, including the third ODI match of the Sri Lanka vs. Australia five-ODI cricket series, for a limited period of time, such as the offer at this link — or try the one-month free trial of Sling TV's International Sports Package, which includes Willow TV and Willow TV Xtra, as well as the Sri Lanka Vs. Australia third ODI cricket match. Information on that deal can be found at this link. Another live stream link can be accessed by clicking here, and live text commentary on the third ODI match is available from Star Sports at this link.
Cricket fans in Australia can catch the live stream of their national cricket team's crucial third ODI against Sri Lanka via the FoxTel Play service available at this link. The service, which normally costs a subscription fee of $50 (Australian) per month now offers a two-week free trial, allowing fans to watch remaining three matches in the Sri Lanka vs. Australia ODI series at no charge.
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