The India vs Afghanistan live stream could see India crash out of the T20 World Cup 2021 or live to fight another day — and it's just as pivotal a game for their opponents.
This really is a vital match for both sides as we approach the end of the Super 12 stage of the tournament.
Anything other than an India win will end their chances of making the semi-finals, following chastening defeats against Pakistan and New Zealand in their first two games. In truth, they're unlikely to reach the last four whatever happens, but at least a victory today would give them hope.
To boil it down for you, the only scenario that could see them take one of the top two spots is if they beat Afghanistan today AND win their remaining matches against Scotland and Namibia AND Afghanistan beat New Zealand on Sunday AND India somehow overturns a massive net run-rate deficit.
All of which means that not only do they need to win today, but they need to do convincingly in order to close that net run-rate gap.
That won't be an easy task, because Afghanistan have looked impressive in beating Scotland and Namibia and performed well in their one defeat against Pakistan. They also have one of the game's great spinners in Rashid Khan, plus plenty of in-form batsmen including captain Mohammad Nabi, who's yet to lose his wicket in this tournament.
On the flipside, they'll be without the newly retired Asghar Afghan, signalling an end to one era of Afghanistan cricket just as another might be about to start. Sharafuddin Ashraf replaces him in the side, while India bring in R Ashwin and reinstate Suryakumar Yadav.
Afghanistan have won the toss and will bowl. Here's how they line up:
India: 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 KL Rahul, 3 Virat Kohli (c), 4 Suryakumar Yadav, 5 Rishabh Pant (wk), 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Shardul Thakur, 9 Mohammed Shami, 10 R Ashwin, 11 Jasprit Bumrah
Afghanistan: 1 Hazratullah Zazai, 2 Mohammad Shahzad (wk), 3 Rahmanullah Gurbaz, 4 Najibullah Zadran, 5 Mohammad Nabi (c), 6 Sharafuddin Ashraf, 7 Gulbadin Naib, 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Karim Janat, 10 Naveen-ul-Haq, 11 Hamid Hassan
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Can India keep their hopes alive or will Afghanistan march on? You can find out by watching the India vs Afghanistan 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 India vs Afghanistan live stream wherever you are
The India vs Afghanistan 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.
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 India vs Afghanistan live stream in the UK
The India vs Afghanistan 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 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 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 India vs Afghanistan live stream by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN.
How to watch the India vs Afghanistan 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 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 India vs Afghanistan live stream as if you were sat at home.
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 India vs Afghanistan 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 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 India vs Afghanistan live stream on your Fox or Kayo account, as if you were back home.
How to watch the India vs Afghanistan live stream in New Zealand
New Zealanders can watch the India vs Afghanistan 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 India vs Afghanistan 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.
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 India vs Afghanistan live stream wherever you are are.
How to watch the India vs Afghanistan live stream in Pakistan
Lucky cricket fans in Pakistan can watch the India vs Afghanistan live stream on the state-owned channel PTV Sports — which means they can enjoy the game for free.
It also means they can tune in via the PTV Sports website, where they can follow the India vs Afghanistan 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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