India face Ireland in the shortest format of cricket for the first time since 2009 on Wednesday, and despite ranking 14 spots lower than India on the ICC points table, Ireland believe that local conditions in Dublin may level the odds and give them a chance at an upset in the first of two T20 games that will live stream from The Village in Malahide, Ireland.
India stands in third position and Ireland ensconced in 17th and last place on the points table, but the Irish have the more recent T20 experience, playing a tri-series with Scotland and The Netherlands that just wrapped up on June 20, as the BBC records. But Ireland did not fare especially well, losing both matches against the host Dutch, while winning one from Scotland and settling for a rare T20 tie game in the other.
“We are trying to find answers but we are starting from almost nowhere. We are not a settled team, we don’t know what our best combinations are,” Ireland Coach Graham Ford told the ICC cricket site. “The pleasing thing is that there were signs of progress over the four games. I just wish we had a few more games so we could give a few guys a fair crack.”
To find out how to watch a live stream of the first Ireland vs. India T20 cricket match, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. First ball is scheduled for 4 p.m. Irish Standard Time in Ireland and in the United Kingdom. In the United States, cricket fans can access the live stream starting at 11 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 8 a.m. Pacific. In India, the T20 International live stream gets underway at 8:30 p.m. India Standard Time.
For India, the first Ireland T20 opens a lengthy summer tour that, as NDTV notes, will take them all the way into the second week of August, departing Ireland after the second T20I on Friday to land in England for three T20 matches, followed by a trio of 50-overs one-day international matches. The tour winds up with a pair of Test matches for the Men in Blue against the hosts.
But Ireland Captain Gary Wilson believes that his squad can spoil India’s first game of the summer, especially in the game’s short format.
“Anyone can beat anyone else and that’s the beauty of sport and cricket,” Wilson told ESPN CricInfo. “We have had some great results against England in Bengaluru and against Pakistan in the Caribbean. So we will go in with the belief that we can turn them over.”
Watch a preview of the Ireland vs. India T20 cricket match in the video below, courtesy of Cricket World.
To watch a free live stream of the first match of India’s brief two-match T20I series in Ireland, use the stream provided by ESPN+, the new, online subscription sports network of the sports media giant ESPN. The ESPN+ streaming network is available with a subscription fee of $4.99 per month but comes with a seven-day free trial. If the trial is canceled before the weeklong period, cricket fans can watch the Ireland vs. India match at no charge.
In Ireland and in the United Kingdom, the Ireland vs. India T20 cricket showdown will be broadcast by Sky Sports, which means that to access 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.
Then, at last, cricket viewers can stream the Ireland vs. India first T20 International live from Malahide, Dublin. Sky Go is also available on most mobile devices by downloading the Sky Go app.
In India, HotStar will carry a live stream of the T20 match against Ireland.