The England vs Sri Lanka live stream could showcase another explosive batting performance from the world's No.1 T20I side at the T20 World Cup 2021.
The England vs Sri Lanka live stream takes place today (Monday, November 1).
► Time 2 p.m. BST / 10 a.m. ET / 7 a.m. PT
• U.S. — Watch on Willow via Sling (opens in new tab) or Fubo.TV (opens in new tab)
• U.K. — Watch on Sky Sports (opens in new tab)
• Watch anywhere — try ExpressVPN 100% risk free (opens in new tab)
That's England, in case there was any doubt, and they've certainly lived up to that ranking so far this tournament, crushing West Indies, Bangladesh and then Australia in successive games to take themselves to the brink of the semi-finals.
They can't confirm their place in the last four with a win here, but their net run rate is so high that another victory today will as good as guarantee their qualification.
Not that they'll be taking Sri Lanka lightly; their opponents were unlucky to lose to South Africa and Australia in their last two games and looked impressive in beating Bangladesh before that. Plus, they can still qualify for the final four themselves, if they beat England and West Indies and results go their way elsewhere.
It's an unlikely scenario, but not impossible — this is an improving Sri Lanka team with plenty of quality across the side. Charith Asalanka has looked excellent all tournament, particularly in his blistering 80 against Bangladesh, while Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera and Lahiru Kumara could all trouble England with the ball.
Plus, for the first time this tournament, England will have to bat first after Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bowl. Both sides are unchanged; here's how they line up:
England: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wk), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (c), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Tymal Mills
Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera (wk), Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Avishka Fernando, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara
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Can Sri Lanka spring a shock today? You can find out by watching the England 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 England vs Sri Lanka live stream wherever you are
The England 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 (opens in new tab), 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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Using a VPN is incredibly simple.
1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) 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 England vs Sri Lanka live stream in the UK
The England vs Sri Lanka live stream will be shown live in the U.K. on Sky Sports (opens in new tab) 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 1.30 p.m and the game at 2 p.m. GMT (the clocks have gone back, remember, so it's an hour earlier than before).
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 (opens in new tab) 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 England vs Sri Lanka live stream by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).
How to watch the England vs Sri Lanka live stream in the US
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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) so you can access them wherever you are and watch the England vs Sri Lanka live stream as if you were sat at home.
Sling TV (opens in new tab) 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 England vs Sri Lanka live stream in Australia
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 (opens in new tab) 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 England vs Sri Lanka live stream on your Fox or Kayo account, as if you were back home.
How to watch the England vs Sri Lanka live stream in New Zealand
New Zealanders can watch the England vs Sri Lanka live stream on Sky Sport (opens in new tab). 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 (opens in new tab).
How to watch the England vs Sri Lanka live stream in India
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 (opens in new tab).
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 (opens in new tab) to follow the England vs Sri Lanka live stream wherever you are are.
How to watch the England vs Sri Lanka live stream in Pakistan
Lucky cricket fans in Pakistan can watch the England vs Sri Lanka live stream on the state-owned channel PTV Sports (opens in new tab) — which means they can enjoy the game for free.
It also means they can tune in via the PTV Sports website (opens in new tab), where they can follow the England 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 (opens in new tab) to live stream the action wherever you are are.
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