England look to continue their extraordinary momentum against Pakistan by winning the fourth ODI, which will stream live on Thursday, after a record-setting destruction of their visitors in the third One Day International match of the five-match series on Tuesday — a series that England now appear to hold a real chance of sweeping from Pakistan, which would cap an incredible turnaround for England since their 2015 World Cup disaster.
Since crashing out of the 2015 Cricket World Cup at the group stage, finishing with a shocking loss to upstart Bangladesh, England under Captain Eoin Morgan have turned their fortunes around in a stunningly short period of time, winning 17 of their 27 ODI matches played, with one match tied, since that fateful 15-run defeat in Australia on March 9, 2015 — including their last six in row, over Sri Lanka and then Pakistan.
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A new, aggressive approach with both bat and ball, banishing the traditionally conservative, defensive posture taken by England cricket sides, is generally credited with sparking the turnaround.
“It’s credit to the way the guys have played, the way it’s led from the coach, the captain and all the way through,” bowler Chris Woakes said after the 169-run thrashing of Pakistan Monday. “We are encouraged to play our natural games and the batsmen have led that. We do have to pinch ourselves a little bit because the improvements have been dramatic from where we were.”
Watch highlights of the match in which England smashed Pakistan bowlers for an astonishing 444 runs, an all-time record for an ODI match, in the video below.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the Fourth England vs. Pakistan ODI match, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. First ball is scheduled for 2 p.m. British Summer Time at Headingley Stadium Cricket Ground in Leeds, England, on Thursday, September 1.
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For fans in the United States, the live stream starts at 9 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 6 p.m. Pacific. Viewers in Pakistan can log in to the live stream at 6 p.m. Pakistan Standard Time.
Alex Hales led the way for England with an opening stand of 171, the highest total ever posted in an ODI match by an England batsman — breaking a 23-year-old record.
The 16 sixes smashed by England were both a record high for the hosts — and the most ever allowed by Pakistan bowlers in an ODI.
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For a live stream of the England vs. Pakistan match, click on this link. Otherwise, there are two ways to watch the England vs. Pakistan Fourth ODI Match stream live online, free and legally. The first option would be ESPN3, the online-only service of ESPN, which will stream the entire fourth One Day International match from Headingley Stadium Cricket Ground in Leeds, England, on Thursday at this link. ESPN3 is free to subscribers of almost any major internet service provider and dozens of smaller ISPs. For a complete list, check this link, or try the instructions at this link if you do not have an account with an ISP that carries ESPN3.
The entire, five-game England vs. Pakistan ODI series is also being streamed live online by the international sports network One World Sports. One World Sports is available through TV providers, but to stream the match live, the PlayStation Vue Elite TV streaming package includes One World Sports (and 99 other channels) and costs a fee of $59.99 per month. But the first seven days are free, and the subscription can be canceled at any time, allowing fans to watch England vs. Pakistan cricket free of charge. To access the PlayStation Vue Elite offer, visit this link.
Cricket fans in Pakistan and India can watch a live stream of the Fourth England vs. Pakistan ODI match via Star Sports by clicking on this link.
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