The monsoon rains threatening Sri Lanka may be the country’s best hope to avoid yet another one day international cricket defeat, after suffering 31 losses in their last 41 ODI matches, according to ESPN, but England has a plan to combat not only their opponents but the weather as well in the third match of the five-game ODI series between the two national teams, a match that will live stream from Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.
The first match of the five-game set was a washout, after England batted just 15 overs, per CricInfo, and in the second match — held like the first at Dambulla — rain took a bite out of the match, but England managed to get enough overs in the books to record a victory under the Duckworth-Lewis scoring system used for rain-shortened matches.
With monsoon season well underway on the Emerald Isle and rain predicted for the third ODI as well, England Captain Eoin Morgan plans to ask his spinners to bowl their owners as quickly as possible, so as to record another official match — even the match does not run the full 50-over length for both innings, according to an ESPN report.
“You’ve got to rush through the overs but not rush through your bowling,” said off-break spinner Moeen Ali, who will be asked to bowl many of the “rushed” overs. “You’re rushing through field placings, and your thinking’s not as clear.”
To find out how to watch a live stream of the third Sri Lanka vs. England ODI, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. Assuming that monsoon rains do not delay the start, first ball in the day-night match is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. India Standard Time on Wednesday, October 17, at 35,000-seat Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy, Sri Lanka. The game is also scheduled to 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.
England come into the match as the world’s top-ranked ODI team, according to the ICC table, while Sri Lanka are hanging in at eight despite their struggles over the past couple of years.
Watch a preview of the third one day international match in the Sri Lanka vs. England series in the video below, courtesy of the Sri Lanka sports site The Papare.
If weather permits the match to proceed, fans in Sri Lanka can check out a live stream of the third ODI against England on 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 Kandy. 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 pivotal 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 use the Sony Liv service. Cricket enthusiasts 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.