The Pakistan vs New Zealand live stream will give us our first look at New Zealand — and help us decide whether Pakistan can go all the way in the T20 World Cup 2021.
Pakistan go into this match on the back of a huge 10-wicket victory over India in their first game. And it was a vital win for many reasons: for one, it ended a run of five straight defeats against their local rivals in T20 World Cup games; but more importantly, it gave them the upper hand in terms of qualifying for the semi finals of this tournament.
Today's game against New Zealand likely represents their next hardest match after India; neither Scotland or Namibia are likely to trouble them much, and Afghanistan are also beatable. A win here will go a long way to confirming their place in the last four.
For New Zealand, things are more complicated, and whatever happens their qualification may hinge on their own game against India, which doesn't take place until Sunday (October 31). Still, a win here would make things a lot easier for them.
A further side plot to today's game comes from the fact that New Zealand pulled out of a planned tour to Pakistan in September, just hours before the first match. That led some Pakistan players to complain about the late cancellation on social media, and potentially gives an extra edge to this game.
As far as the on-field action goes, New Zealand will look to the likes of captain Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill and Devon Conway for their runs and the formidable strike-bowling partnership of Trent Boult and Tim Southee for wickets.
However, they received a blow before the game with the news that fast bowler Lockie Ferguson has been ruled out of the entire tournament due to a calf injury. Adam Milne will replace him in the squad.
Pakistan have won the toss and will bowl. Here's how they line up:
Pakistan: 1 Babar Azam (capt.) 2 Mohammad Rizwan (wk) 3 Fakhar Zaman 4 Mohammad Hafeez 5 Shoaib Malik 6 Asif Ali 7 Shadab Khan 8 Imad Wasim 9 Hasan Ali 10 Haris Rauf 11 Shaheen Shah Afridi
New Zealand: 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Tim Seifert (wk), 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Devon Conway, 5 Glenn Phillips, 6 James Neesham, 7 Daryl Mitchell, 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Ish Sodhi, 10 Tim Southee, 11 Trent Boult
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This could be a close game, and there's a lot riding on it. So here's how to watch the Pakistan vs New Zealand 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 Pakistan vs New Zealand live stream wherever you are
The Pakistan vs New Zealand 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 Pakistan vs New Zealand live stream in the UK
The Pakistan vs New Zealand 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 Pakistan vs New Zealand live stream by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN.
How to watch the Pakistan vs New Zealand 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 Pakistan vs New Zealand 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 Pakistan vs New Zealand 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 Pakistan vs New Zealand live stream on your Fox or Kayo account, as if you were back home.
How to watch the Pakistan vs New Zealand live stream in New Zealand
New Zealanders can watch the Black Caps play in the Pakistan vs New Zealand 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 Pakistan vs New Zealand 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 Pakistan vs New Zealand live stream wherever you are are.
How to watch the Pakistan vs New Zealand live stream in Pakistan
Lucky cricket fans in Pakistan can watch the Pakistan vs New Zealand 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 Pakistan vs New Zealand 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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