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Australia vs Sri Lanka live stream — how to watch the T20 World Cup game live

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The Australia vs Sri Lanka live stream features two sides who have won their first game in the T20 World Cup 2021 Super 12s and who therefore have a realistic chance of making the semi-finals.

Australia vs Sri Lanka live stream, DATE, TIME, CHANNELS

The Australia vs Sri Lanka live stream takes place today (Thursday, October 28).
► Time 3 p.m. BST / 10 a.m. ET / 7 a.m. PT
• U.S. — Watch on Willow via Sling or Fubo.TV
• U.K. — Watch on Sky Sports
• Watch anywhere — try ExpressVPN 100% risk free

Of course while both have a chance of reaching the last four, Australia will be the favorites to actually do so. Though only ranked 6 in the world right now, they have a potentially explosive batting line up including Glenn Maxwell, Aaron Finch and David Warner, plus arguably the strongest pace bowling trio in Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc.

An opening win against South Africa went a long way towards earning their place in the semis, and a follow-up win against Sri Lanka would take them to the brink even with England still to play.

Sri Lanka's task is harder, given that they still have to play both England and South Africa, the other fancied teams in Group 1. But a win against Bangladesh last time out at least keeps them in contention, and though they had to endure the rigors of qualification this year, they sailed through that with victories against Namibia, Ireland and the Netherlands.

They also have several players in form: Charith Asalanka's 80 off 49 balls against Bangladesh is the highest individual score of the tournament so far, and their bowling line up looks very strong, with the excellent Wanindu Hasaranga ably backed up by Dushmantha Chameera and Lahiru Kumara.

Australia have won the toss and will bowl. Here's how they line up:

Australia: 1 David Warner, 2 Aaron Finch (c), 3 Mitchell Marsh, 4 Steven Smith, 5 Glenn Maxwell, 6 Marcus Stoinis, 7 Matthew Wade (wk), 8 Pat Cummins, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Josh Hazlewood

Sri Lanka: 1 Kusal Perera (wk), 2 Pathum Nissanka, 3 Charith Asalanka, 4 Avishka Fernando, 5 Wanindu Hasaranga, 6 Bhanuka Rajapaksa, 7 Dasun Shanaka (c), 8 Chamika Karunaratne, 9 Dushmantha Chameera, 10 Lahiru Kumara, 11 Maheesh Theekshana

So, while Australia are favorites, this one could go either way. Find out what happens by watching the Australia vs Sri Lanka live stream at the T20 World Cup.

And don't forget to visit our full T20 World Cup 2021 hub for a guide to how to watch every game, plus fixtures, tables and more.

How to watch the Australia vs Sri Lanka live stream wherever you are

The Australia vs Sri Lanka live stream will be shown on many different channels across the world, but what if you're not in your home country and want to watch it on your usual service?

The answer is to use a VPN, or virtual private network. A VPN will let you tune into your home coverage from wherever you are — meaning that if you're abroad, you can use one of the best VPN services to watch the games live as if you were in your lounge.

Our favorite right now is ExpressVPN, thanks to its combination of superb speed, great customer service and excellent device support. It also offers a no-questions-asked 30-day money-back guarantee, so you could check it out without having to sign up long term.

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Speed, security and simplicity combine to make ExpressVPN our favorite VPN service. In our testing, we were impressed by its fast connection times and by its ability to access more than 3,000 services in 160 locations across 94 countries. A 30-day money-back guarantee is another bonus.

Using a VPN is incredibly simple.

1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN is our favorite.

2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance if you're in the U.S. and want to view a U.K. service, you'd select U.K. from the list.

3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to Sky Sports or another service and watch the T20 contest.

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How to watch the Australia vs Sri Lanka live stream in the UK

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The Australia vs Sri Lanka live stream will be shown live in the U.K. on Sky Sports and via the Sky Go app. You'll be able to find it on Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Main Event, with coverage starting at 2.30 p.m and the game at 3 p.m. BST. 

If you already have a Sky subscription that doesn't include Sports, you'll need to pay £22/month to add those channels. If you don't have Sky at all, it'll cost you at least £41/month, depending on which other channels you choose.

Whichever package you go for, you'll also gain access to coverage in 4K and HDR, so long as you also have an HDR-ready Sky Q box and HLG-compatible TV.

Another option is Sky's Now Sports streaming service. This gives you 24-hour access for £19.99 or month-long access for £33.99. It's available on virtually every streaming device and is a great option if you just want to watch for a fixed period. 

All sounds great, right? But if you're not in the U.K., you can still follow the Australia vs Sri Lanka live stream by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN.

How to watch the Australia vs Sri Lanka live stream in the US

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Cricket fans in the U.S. can watch the Australia vs Sri Lanka live stream on either Willow TV or ESPN Plus.

If you choose the Willow TV route, you can watch via various cable packages including Dish, Fios, Spectrum, Xfinity and more.

But if you've cut the cord and don't have cable, don't worry — because you can also watch Willow via Sling TV. You'll need a Sling subscription, which costs $35 for either the Orange or Blue package, and can then add Willow TV for $10/month or $60/year. 

However, right now Sling is offering a 30-day trial for the bargain price of $10 and Willow TV is offering its first month for just $5 — so you could watch the entire T20 World Cup 2021 for just $15. 

But what if you already use those services but aren't in the U.S. right now? As we explained above, your best bet will be to use a VPN such as ExpressVPN so you can access them wherever you are and watch the Australia vs Sri Lanka live stream as if you were sat at home.

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Sling TV offers two packages, both of which cost $35 a month. Willow TV is available as an add-on to either. Sling is currently offering $25 dollars off the first month.

How to watch the Australia vs Sri Lanka live stream in Australia

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Aussies also get a couple of options for where to watch their team play in the Australia vs Sri Lanka live stream, in the form of Fox Sports or Kayo Sports

Fox is available as part of many pay TV packages, but if you don't already have it then Kayo might be a better bet. It can be accessed via a dedicated mobile or tablet app, and also on Chromecast and Apple TV — plus it costs a very reasonable $25 AUD per month for the basic package.

Plus, there's a 14-day free trial available for Kayo if you want to try the service before committing to a subscription. 

Not in Australia right now? You can simply use a VPN to watch the Australia vs Sri Lanka live stream on your Fox or Kayo account, as if you were back home.

How to watch the Australia vs Sri Lanka live stream in New Zealand

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New Zealanders can watch the Australia vs Sri Lanka live stream on Sky Sport. This costs $57.98 NZD per month, or $31.99/month extra if you already have Sky but not Sport. Plus there's currently an offer which gives you your first month free when you sign up for a year.

Alternatively, you could go for the Sky Sport Now service, which gives you just the Sport channels but for a reduced cost of $19.99/week / $39.99/month or $399/year. 

Not at home in New Zealand right now? You can still follow the game by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN

How to watch the Australia vs Sri Lanka live stream in India

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If you're watching the Australia vs Sri Lanka live stream in India, you'll need to tune in to either Star Sports or Disney Plus Hotstar

If you're cutting the cord and going the Hotstar route, you can pay Rs. 499/year for the new Mobile plan, which lets you watch on one mobile device, Rs. 899/year for the Super plan (2 devices, including TVs and laptops) or Rs. 1499 for Premium (4 devices plus 4K). There's more details here.

If you already subscribe to one of those services but are outside of India right now, you can simply choose one of the best VPN services such as ExpressVPN to follow the Australia vs Sri Lanka live stream wherever you are are. 

How to watch the Australia vs Sri Lanka live stream in Pakistan

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Lucky cricket fans in Pakistan can watch the Australia vs Sri Lanka live stream on the state-owned channel PTV Sports — which means they can enjoy seeing their team play for free. 

It also means they can tune in via the PTV Sports website, where they can follow the Australia vs Sri Lanka live stream without needing to sign up or create a registration of any kind.

Of course if you're usually based in Pakistan but aren't there right now, you can still enjoy your local coverage, for free, simply by signing up for a VPN such as ExpressVPN to live stream the action wherever you are are. 

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