Pakistan will try to hold off their first Test cricket series loss in New Zealand since 1985 as they head into the second and final Test, which will live stream from Seddon Park in Hamilton on Friday. Fans hoping to watch the crucial match streaming live can find all the info they need below. But Pakistan will be without their leader and key middle-order batsman, iconic Captain Misbah-ul-Haq.
Misbah will miss the Hamilton Test due to a family crisis, as his father-in-law fell ill last week and is currently hospitalized in an intensive care unit. The 42-year-old captain flew back to Pakistan on Sunday and will not be back in New Zealand in time to start the second Test match on Friday morning.
Azhar Ali, the 31-year-old Pakistan One Day International skipper and Misbah's vice-captain on the Test squad, takes over the reins in Misbah's absence.
Play is scheduled to get underway at Seddon Park in Hamilton, New Zealand at 11 a.m. New Zealand Daylight Time on Friday, November 25, which will be 3 a.m. on Friday in Pakistan. But cricket fans in the United States can watch the match begin at a more convenient hour: 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time of the previous day, Thursday — Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. — November 24, 1 p.m. Pacific Time.
How to Watch a Live Stream in Pakistan
The government-run Pakistan Television Corporation will air the second New Zealand Vs. Pakistan Test cricket match of the two-match series live on PTV Sports. The PTV Sports Live online service will make a free live stream of the Test match available as well — but only for viewers inside of Pakistan. The PTV stream can be accessed by fans with internet IP addresses in that country, with no login information required, by clicking on this link — or this link via YouTube. Note once again that the PTV Sports YouTube live stream will not be viewable to users accessing the internet outside of Pakistan.
Watch a Live Stream of the Match in New Zealand
Sky Sports in New Zealand carries the New Zealand Vs. Pakistan test series. Subscribers can access a live stream on the Sky Go NZ service at this link.
Live Stream the Test Match For Free in the United States
Cricket fans stateside have two options to stream the second New Zealand vs. Pakistan Test match inside the United States. The second Test will live stream via ESPN3, the online-only channel on the ESPN network, which will carry both Test cricket matches live in the United States at this link. The ESPN3 streaming channel is free to subscribers of most major internet service providers and many minor ISPs, as well. For a full list, check this link.
To watch New Zealand vs. Pakistan live stream from Seddon Park on mobile devices, download the WatchESPN app. ESPN3 is also available via the WatchESPN channel on most set-top devices, including the Roku, AppleTV, and Amazon Fire TV, for fans who want to enjoy the Test match on their regular television sets.
Here's the second option: Fans in the U.S. will need to sign up for a week-long free trial subscription to the Sling TV international sports package, which may be accessed at this link. Credit card info will be required, and the subscription price for the package is $10 per month — but canceling before the end of the initial weeklong trial puts a halt to any charges, allowing fans to watch the second New Zealand vs. Pakistan Test for free, legally.
The Sling TV lineup of several international sports channels includes Willow TV, a network which specializes in cricket broadcasts. Willow will carry the entire New Zealand vs. Pakistan Second Test from Hamilton.
Once fans have signed up for the Sling TV package free trial, the next step is to download the Sling software (instructions on the Sling TV site at the link above) for desktop computers — as well as for a variety of mobile devices.
Sling TV is available for the Apple iOS, the Android OS, and Amazon Fire OS. The online TV service also offers a channel on several set-top boxes, including Roku, 4th Generation Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and others. For a complete list of Sling-compatible devices and operating systems, click this link.
New Zealand Pulled Off A Rare Home Win Over Pakistan in the First Test
In his home debut as New Zealand Captain, 26-year-old Kane Williamson guided the Black Caps to an eight-wicket win over Pakistan in Christchurch to open the two-Test series. The win was only the sixth for the home side in 30 Test matches against visiting Pakistan.
Because the series is only two matches this time, a defeat in Hamilton would send Pakistan to their first Test series defeat in the country since 1985, after winning seven and drawing five without a loss. Not only that, but Pakistan is currently riding a remarkable seven-series unbeaten streak overall in Test cricket, but that streak could end in Hamilton as well.
Watch highlights of the First New Zealand vs. Pakistan Test cricket match in the video below.
Team News for the Second Test
While Pakistan will be missing Misbah, either Mohammad Rizwan or Sharjeel Khan is expected to take the captain's place in the middle order. For New Zealand Mitchell Saunter joins the side with Toss Astle dropped, while Ross Taylor has been cleared for action despite an eye condition that will require surgery following the match.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Jeet Raval, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner.
Pakistan: Azhar Ali (captain), Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Nawaz, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Khan, Rahat Ali, Imran Khan, Sami Aslam, Sharjeel Khan, Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan.
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