England, the world’s top-ranked one day international cricket side per the ICC rankings, play their first match since taking two of three from visiting India in July, when they travel to Sri Lanka to face a struggling team coming off a disastrous Asia Cup tournament, in a 50-over day-night match that will live stream on Wednesday from Dambulla.
Sri Lanka barely showed up to the Asia Cup competition, bowing out with two quick losses at the group stage before eventual champion India had even played a single game, as Indian Express reported.
But England have not played abroad since March, other than a single match in Scotland, when they took a five-match ODI series in New Zealand, 3-2, as the BBC reported. But the Three Lions have not won a one-day match in Dambulla, site of the opening match, in four years.
Nonetheless, England enter the series as heavy favorites — a position that wicketkeeper Jos Buttler says that he and his teammates enjoy, according to the BBC.
“I think the guys enjoy the pressure of being the number one side and people wanting to beat us,” the 28-year-old England vice-captain who will record his 100th ODI innings on Wednesday said. “We like being favorites, it means we’re doing something right.”
To find out how to watch a live stream of the first Sri Lanka vs. England ODI, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. First ball in the day-night 50-overs match is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. India Standard Time on Wednesday, October 10, at 46,800-seat Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium in Dambulla, Sri Lanka. The game will also start at 2:30 p.m. in India, which shares a time zone with Sri Lanka. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, that start time will be 10 a.m. British Summer Time, while in the United States, the live stream gets underway at 5 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 2 a.m. Pacific. Fans in Australia looking for a live stream can log in at 7 p.m. Australian Eastern Time, 5 p.m. Western.
All-rounder Moeen Ali is also expected to play a major role for England, with his off-spin bowling which appears suited to the Sri Lanka pitch conditions, according to ESPN CricInfo.
“It’s always nice to tour somewhere where you think you’re going to play a big role. It does give you that extra bit more,” Ali said. “It’s never a guarantee that you’re going to go well. I’ve had that experience as well, going to India and stuff. You’ve got to stay calm about it — can’t get too far ahead.”
Watch a preview of the first one-day international match in the Sri Lanka vs. England series in the video below, courtesy of The Papare.
For viewers in Sri Lanka, a live stream of the first ODI against visiting England will be made available by the state-owned Channel Eye TV website.
The Sri Lanka vs. England five-match ODI series will be broadcast by Sky Sports in the United Kingdom and Ireland, 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 to obtain a Sky Go login.
Once registration is complete, visit the Sky Go Sports login page. Then, at last, cricket viewers can stream the Sri Lanka vs. England match live from Dambulla. Sky Go is also available on most mobile devices by downloading the Sky Go app.
To watch a live stream of the one-day international cricket action in the opening match of the England vs. Sri Lanka series in the United States, the best option is to sign up for a one-week free trial of the Sling TV international sports package. The package includes Willow TV, which will carry live streaming video of the opening ODI match. A credit card will be required, but if the Sling package is canceled prior to the end of the seven-day period, no charges will be incurred.
Fans in India who want to live stream the ODI should check out Sony Liv. And cricket fans in Australia who want to keep up with their arch-rivals England can watch the ODI match in Sri Lanka live stream via Foxtel Sports.