Defending ICC Champions Trophy holders India look to lock down their spot in the 2017 semifinals of the prestigious international cricket tournament, when the Men In Blue take on subcontinental rivals Sri Lanka in a match that will live stream from London on Thursday — a match that the rebuilding Sri Lanka side must win in what would be the tournament's second upset in two days, in order to cling to their hope of advancement out of Group B.
On Wednesday, Pakistan recovered from their earlier drubbing by India to carry off a stunning, rain-aided victory over the world's top-ranked ODI side, South Africa, at Edgbaston in Birmingham. The triumph, by 19-runs using the Duckworth-Lewis scoring method, ranks as the first upset of the 2017 Champions Trophy competition. However, a win by Sri Lanka on Thursday would be at least as shocking, if not more so.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the India vs. Sri Lanka 2017 ICC Champions Trophy Group B match, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. Start time for the 50-overs match is set for 10:30 a.m. British Summer Time at Kia Oval Cricket Ground in London, England, on Thursday, June 8. In Sri Lanka as well as in India, that start time will be 3 p.m. India Standard Time.
Cricket fans in the United States can catch the live stream early in the morning on Thursday, starting at 5:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 2:30 a.m. Pacific.
Watch a preview of the India vs. Sri Lanka match in the vide below, courtesy of India-based satellite network World Is One News TV.
Retired Sri Lanka all-time great batsman Kumar Sangakkara ripped his former national side in a column published earlier this week after the team fell meekly to South Africa in their opening match.
"I would personally like this young Sri Lanka side to walk out at The Oval and play with the arrogance and abandon of youth," Sangakkara wrote. "They should express their talent and play a really positive brand of cricket. If they are able to do this, then they have a chance of pulling off an upset."
But in addition to their youth and inexperience, Sri Lanka must also overcome the possible absence of injured Skipper Angelo Mathews and suspended opener Upal Tharanga if they are to defeat India on Thursday.
Sri Lanka has lost four of their last five ODI matches, while India's record is the reverse, with four wins out of their most recent five ODIs.
Here are the expected teams for Thursday's match.
Sri Lanka: 1 Niroshan Dickwella (wicketkeeper), 2 Danushka Gunathilaka 3 Kusal Mendis, 4 Dinesh Chandimal, 5 Angelo Mathews (captain), 6 Asela Gunaratne, 7 Kusal Perera, 8 Thisara Perera, 9 Suranga Lakmal,10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Nuwan Pradeep.
India: 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli (captain), 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 Hardik Pandya, 6 MS Dhoni (wicketkeeper), 7 Kedar Jadhav, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Umesh Yadav, 11 Jasprit Bumrah.
Can India repeat their dominant performance against arch-rival Pakistan when facing a second subcontinental neighboring cricket nation on Thursday, securing their place in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy semifinals? Alternatively, will a rebuilding Sri Lanka side find the aggression that their retired all-time great batsman Sangakkara called for, and rally for what would be the second big upset of the tournament?
To find out, watch a live stream of the India vs. Sri Lanka 2017 ICC Champions Trophy Match Eight from the 24,500-seat Kia Oval cricket ground in Kennington, London, England, on Thursday, using one of the following live stream options.
In India, Hotstar Sports will live stream the India vs. Sri Lanka Champions Trophy showdown at this link, offering both a simultaneous live stream for subscribers as well as a free live stream option available with a five-minute time delay.
Cricket fans in Sri Lanka can watch a live stream of the match via Channel Eye Live, which may be accessed by clicking on this link.
In the United States, the best way to watch a live stream as the India Men In Blue face their neighbors from Sri Lanka is through Willow TV, which is 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 legal ways to watch cricket on Willow TV for free. Certain promotional offers make it possible to watch the all-cricket network, including the India vs. Sri Lanka 2017 Champions Trophy Group B cricket match, for a limited period, such as the offer at this link.
But the most reliable method to live stream the match in the United States is to use the week-long free trial of Sling TV's International Sports Package, which includes Willow TV and the India vs. Sri Lanka 2017 ICC Champions Trophy cricket Match Eight on Thursday. Information on how to sign up for the free and legal Sling TV offer can be found by clicking on this link.
In the United Kingdom, a live stream of the India vs. Sri Lanka cricket match will be available to Sky Sports subscribers using the Sky Go streaming service, which can be accessed at this link.
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