Cricket fans who want to watch a live stream as India takes on New Zealand in the first of five one day international matches on Sunday can find out how to view the match online in India, New Zealand, the United States, and several other countries by following the instructions below. India must win at least four of the matches to move up a place on the ICC world rankings table.
At the same time, New Zealand have never won a bilateral ODI series on Indian grounds.
Following the live stream information, keep reading for preview of the match, plus the latest team news.
First ball is scheduled to be bowled at 1:30 p.m. India Standard Time at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharmsala, India, on Sunday, October 16.
For fans in the United Kingdom, that start time will be 9 a.m. but fans in the United States will need to be early risers to watch the live stream. The game will start at 4 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 1 a.m. Pacific.
In New Zealand, fans can log in to the live stream at 9 p.m. on Sunday to watch the first ODI against India online.
How To Watch a Live Stream of India vs. New Zealand In India — Free
HotStar Sports will live stream the India vs. New Zealand ODI series in India. The stream can be accessed at this link. Click on the word “live” to the left of the word “IND VS NZ, 1ST ODI.” Bear in mind that the HotStar stream will be available only to viewers with an internet IP address inside of India.
HotStar offers cricket fans two options to watch the live stream — a paid premium membership, which comes with a free trial and requires registration. Or, a free option will stream the match on a five-minute delay but can be accessed immediately by clicking on the “Watch For Free” box which can be seen after clicking “live,” as described above.
Live Stream the ODI Cricket Match in the United Kingdom and in Ireland
The India vs. New Zealand series is broadcast on Sky Sports 5, which means that to catch a live stream, fans in the U.K. and in Ireland require a Sky Sports subscription. Subscribers then need to register for the satellite network’s Sky Go streaming service, which is free, but fans must fill out some basic information at this link to obtain a Sky Go login.
Once registration is complete, go to the Sky Go Sports login page accessible at this link. At that point, cricket fans can stream the game. Sky Go is also available on most mobile devices by downloading the Sky Go app. A full list of compatible devices can be found by clicking here.
Watch a Live Stream in New Zealand
Sky Sports in New Zealand will also carry the India vs. New Zealand first ODI, meaning that subscribers can access a live stream on the Sky Go NZ service, which can be reached at this link.
Cricket Fans Can in the U.S. Can Also Watch a Free Live Stream
India and New Zealand cricket fans located in the U.S. can sign up for the seven-day free trial subscription to the Sling TV international sports package, which can be found by clicking here, to watch the first ODI between the two nations. A credit card will be required, and a subscription will run $10 per month — but cancellation before the one-week free trial concludes stops charges, allowing fans in the U.S. to watch the first India vs. New Zealand ODI free and legally.
Sling TV offers software for most desktop and laptop computers as well as the Apple iOS, the Android OS, and Amazon Fire OS. The online TV package is also available on several set-top boxes, including Roku, fourth Generation Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and others, allowing cricket fans to watch the India vs. New Zealand first ODI on their TV sets. For a complete list of Sling-compatible devices and operating systems, click on this link.
Here’s How To Watch a Live Stream in the Middle East and North Africa
The Dubai-based Orbit Showtime Network, aka OSN, covers the Middle East and North Africa, and offers a free live stream available without login credentials by clicking on this link. But note that the OSN stream is not available outside of the Middle East and North Africa regions.
Watch Highlights of the Last White Ball Game Between India and New Zealand
India and New Zealand last week finished up a three-match Test series, won easily by India in whitewash fashion. But the last time the two teams met in a white ball competition came in the T20 World Cup back in March, which was held in India. But in the opening match of the tournament, New Zealand shocked the hosts, winning by 47 runs.
Watch highlights of that match in the video below.
New Zealand Look To Improve Fortunes in India
The last time New Zealand played an ODI series in India was six years ago, in 2010. The Black Caps didn’t have much luck, suffering a 5-0 blanking in the bilateral ODI showdown.
But when India traveled down to New Zealand for five-match ODI series in 2013, the roles were reversed, as this time, it was New Zealand who inflicted the whitewash, 4-0 with one no-result.
After missing the Test series with an ankle injury, New Zealand pacer Tim Southee is ready to return for the ODI series, bringing his 137 one-day wickets with him.
At the same time, his bowling partner, Trent Boult, is the top-ranked ODI bowler in the world at the moment. And with cool, dry conditions in Dharmsala, at the foot of the Himalayas, conditions should be much more conducive to New Zealand’s ability to execute its game plan.
India also sees the return of all-rounder Corey Anderson to the squad, while India brings in its already legendary one-day captain, MS Dhoni — but loses Suresh Raina, who has been laid out with a viral fever.
Here Are the Expected Squads for India and New Zealand
Finally teams will not be announced until the toss early on Sunday afternoon. Here are the expected squads for each side.
India: MS Dhoni (captain & wicketkeeper), Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey, Suresh Raina, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Jasprit Bumrah, Dhawal Kulkarni, Umesh Yadav, Mandeep Singh, Kedar Jadhav.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Anton Devcich, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi (wk), Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, BJ Watling (wicketkeeper).
Raina is expected to be activated for the second ODI on Thursday. The India vs. New Zealand ODI cricket series extends through October 29.
[Featured Image by Saurabh Das/Associated Press]