Bangladesh face New Zealand in a match that will eliminate one of the two cricket nations from the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy — a do or die showdown that will live stream from Wales on Friday, but one in which both teams could face a third opponent. Namely, rain.
The forecast for Cardiff calls for a 70 percent chance of showers on Friday, starting early the day. Both New Zealand and Bangladesh have each suffered one washout in their first two matches, but the Black Caps would get the worst of a second rained out match, which would automatically eliminate them from the competition. The Tigers, however, would have at least a hope of advancement in the event of a no-result.
If the match ends with a no-result on Friday and England defeat Australia on Saturday — with a greater run rate than they required in their tournament-opening win over Bangladesh — then the Tigers would move on to the semifinals and reigning World Cup Champion Australia would go home.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the Bangladesh vs. New Zealand Champions Trophy Match Nine, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. The match is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. British Summer Time at Sophia Gardens cricket ground in Cardiff, Wales, on Friday, June 9. In Bangladesh, that start time will be 3:30 p.m. Bangladesh Standard Time, while in New Zealand, the match gets underway at 9:30 p.m. New Zealand Standard Time.
Fans in India can watch the live stream starting at 3 p.m. Indian Standard Time, while cricket fans in the United States will need to be early risers — or night owls — to watch the Bangladesh vs. New Zealand match from the beginning, which gets underway at 5:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 2:30 a.m. Pacific.
For Bangladesh, opening batsman Tamim Iqbal will need to continue the top form displayed in his team’s first two outings when he scored 128 against England and 95 in an ultimately rain-marred washout against Australia. But he said on Thursday that he will take little satisfaction in his scores if his tea, fails to make it through to the semifinals.
“When the team was not doing so well, four or five years ago, maybe this was the only happiness you got,” said Tamim. “You are scoring runs. Now the team is doing well, we are ranked sixth in the world. You don’t get the enjoyment like before.”
Watch a preview of the Bangladesh vs. New Zealand match courtesy of CricBuzz, in the video below.
New Zealand should be favored in the game, having won 21 of 30 ODI matches against Bangladesh since 1990. But Bangladesh drew blood most recently, scoring a win over a depleted Black Caps squad in the finale of a tri-nations series in Ireland with a five-wicket win back on May 24.
Here are the expected teams for Friday’s win-or-go-home showdown.
New Zealand: 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Luke Ronchi (wicketkeeper), 3 Kane Williamson (captain), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Neil Broom, 6 James Neesham, 7 Corey Anderson, 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Adam Milne, 10 Tim Southee, 11 Trent Boult.
Bangladesh: 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Imrul Kayes, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wicketkeeper), 5 Mahmudullah, 6 Shakib Al Hasan, 7 Mosaddek Hossain, 8 Mehedi Hasan, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), 10 Rubel Hossain, 11 Mustafizur Rahman.
Can Bangladesh win their second straight ODI match against the Black Caps, after scoring their first overseas win in an Ireland tri-series last month, as they try to keep their chances of advancement in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy alive? Or will World Cup runners-up New Zealand recover from a lackluster performance against host England on Wednesday in what has now become a win-or-go-home game for both sides?
To find out, watch a live stream of the Bangladesh vs. New Zealand 2017 Champions Trophy Match Nine from the 15,600-seat Sophia Gardens cricket ground in Cardiff, Wales, on Friday, using one of the following live stream options.
Cricket fans in the Tigers’ home country of Bangladesh can watch a live stream via Gazi TV at this link — but the stream can be viewed only inside the borders of Bangladesh. In New Zealand, fans will need to sign up for a the the Sky Go NZ service at this link, to view the do-or-die match.
In the United States, the best way to watch a live stream as the Bangladesh Tigers face the formidable New Zealand side 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 Bangladesh vs. New Zealand 2017 Champions Trophy Group A cricket match, for a limited period of time, 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 Bangladesh vs. New Zealand 2017 ICC Champions Trophy cricket Match Nine on Monday. 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 Bangladesh vs. New Zealand cricket match will be available to Sky Sports subscribers using the Sky Go streaming service, which can be accessed at this link.
Finally, in India, Hotstar Sports will live stream the Bangladesh vs. New Zealand Champions Trophy opener at this link, offering both a simultaneous live stream for subscribers and a free stream on a five-minute time delay.
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