The New Zealand vs Afghanistan live stream will go a long way to deciding which one of three teams will reach the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup 2021 — and one of them isn't even playing in the game.
That's because India's fate rest on this game as much as does New Zealand's or Afghanistan's. Many millions of Indians will no doubt be watching the game, willing Afghanistan on; Indian fans are already adding Afghanistan flags to their Twitter profiles.
The permutations are many, but essentially, if New Zealand win, they are through — probably in second place, but potentially in first if Pakistan slip up against Scotland later today.
If Afghanistan win — and assuming India beat Namibia on Monday — it'll all come down to the dreaded net run-rate, a calculation that must have been designed by a math teacher with a hatred of sport.
In this regard, India hold the upper hand; they now have the best NRR of the three and will likely increase it considerably in their final game. So, could Afghanistan go through? Only with a big win here, followed by a modest victory or defeat for India.
In short, an Afghanistan win likely leads to Indian qualification.
So, can they do it? Well Afghanistan were excellent against limited opponents in Namibia and Scotland, and could easily have beaten Pakistan but for some heroics at the end by Asif Ali. Spinner Rashid Khan is one of the best in the format and Mujeeb Ur Rahman — back from injury — will offer another excellent option.
On the batting front, captain Mohammad Nabi has been in excellent form, but they'll want to get more from Hazratullah Zazai, a potential match winner who has yet to show his top form in the T20 World Cup.
New Zealand, meanwhile, have named an unchanged side, with spinner Ish Sodhi passed fit for the game. Batting wise, the opening pair of Martin Guptill and Daryl Mitchell have been outstanding; all of India will be hoping they have an off day.
Afghanistan have won the toss and will bat. Here's how they line up:
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway (wk), Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult
Afghanistan: Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Najibullah Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Nabi (c), Karim Janat, Rashid Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
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Which way will this one go? You can find out by watching the New Zealand 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 New Zealand vs Afghanistan live stream wherever you are
The New Zealand 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 New Zealand vs Afghanistan live stream in the UK
The New Zealand 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 9.30 a.m and the game at 10 a.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 New Zealand vs Afghanistan live stream by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN.
How to watch the New Zealand 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 New Zealand 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 New Zealand 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 New Zealand vs Afghanistan live stream on your Fox or Kayo account, as if you were back home.
How to watch the New Zealand vs Afghanistan live stream in New Zealand
New Zealanders can watch their Black Caps in the New Zealand 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 New Zealand vs Afghanistan live stream in India
We suspect many millions of fans in India will be watching the New Zealand vs Afghanistan live stream, given the impact it will have on their own chances. And to do so they'll need 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 New Zealand vs Afghanistan live stream wherever you are are.
How to watch the New Zealand vs Afghanistan live stream in Pakistan
Lucky cricket fans in Pakistan can watch the New Zealand 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 New Zealand 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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