Watch an Australia vs Pakistan live stream
Looking for a free Australia vs Pakistan live stream? This match is being shown for FREE on 9Now in Australia, PTV Sports in Pakistan, and the Hotstar mobile app in India. If you live in Australia, Pakistan or India but you're away from home right now you can use a VPN to unblock the free stream from anywhere. For full details on how to watch Australia vs Pakistan in other parts of the world, keep reading.
Australia vs Pakistan: preview
Pakistan pulled off the highest successful run chase in World Cup history last year, but they're going to have to top it at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. From a rampant 325-3, Australia fell to 367-9 in a remarkable first session, which also saw Shaheen Shah Afridi threaten a pair of hat-tricks.
Momentum can shift at the drop of a hat at a World Cup, and few teams illustrate the point better than Australia and Pakistan. The Aussies got off to a dreadful start but now have a base to build upon, whereas the previously high-flying Shaheens are coming off the roughest week any team has experienced at this tournament.
As if getting pasted by India at an arena that at times resembled a Roman amphitheatre more than a cricket venue wasn't harrowing enough, several members of the Pakistan team were then hit hard by a viral infection. It's been reported that Abdullah Shafique was so badly affected that he had to be quarantined, though not before Shaheen Shah Afridi, Saud Shakeel and Zaman Khan were also struck down.
It means that, all of a sudden, they're in a very vulnerable position. Australia's Adam Zampa-inspired victory over Sri Lanka on Monday, complete with some David Warner heroics, was their first of the tournament, and if they double up they'll pull level with – or potentially overtake – Pakistan in the standings.
Inconsistency has long been an aspect that's made the Shaheens' fixtures brilliant to watch from a neutral perspective, but the dreaded middle-order collapse is threatening to become a signature move. When Azam was dimissed last weekend the team went to pieces, and if there's a moment everybody needs to stand up to be counted, it's now.
Want to tune in? Here's how to watch the 2023 Cricket World Cup and get an Australia vs Pakistan live stream online from wherever you are, including FREE streaming options.
FREE Australia vs Pakistan live streams
Where to find FREE Australia vs Pakistan live streams
Just like every other game of the 2023 Cricket World Cup, Australia vs Pakistan will be live streamed for FREE via the Hotstar app for mobiles in India.
Traveling outside India, Pakistan or Australia? Easy – use the no.1 cricket VPN to unblock your usual stream from anywhere. Details below.
How to watch Australia vs Pakistan live stream from outside your country
Below we've got you covered with your official broadcasting options for more cricket-loving countries (and the US!), but if you're outside your country of residence - whether that's India, Pakistan, Australia or anywhere else - and try to start streaming the 2023 Cricket World Cup via your typical broadcasting service, you'll soon discover that you can't, as it's location restricted. But there is a way to tune in regardless.
By downloading and installing a VPN, you can effectively trick your computer into thinking that it's back at home. That way you can enjoy your home coverage without having to find an illegal stream - assuming you comply with the broadcaster's fine print, of course - specifically its terms and conditions.
Use a VPN to watch Australia vs Pakistan from anywhere:
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How to watch Australia vs Pakistan live stream for FREE in India
Every game of the 2023 Cricket World Cup is being live streamed for FREE via the Hotstar app for mobiles in the host country India.
However, if you want to tune in on a larger screen, you'll need to pay for Star Sports or a Disney+ Hotstar streaming subscription. Disney Plus Hotstar prices start at Rs 299 per month, or Rs 899 for a whole year.
Australia vs Pakistan is scheduled to start at 2pm IST on Friday afternoon.
Anyone outside of India who wants to watch their home Cricket World Cup coverage can download a good VPN to securely live stream the action.
How to watch Australia vs Pakistan live stream for FREE in Pakistan
Select 2023 Cricket World Cup games, including Australia vs Pakistan, are being live streamed on the state-owned channel PTV Sports in Pakistan, which is fantastic news because PTV Sports is 100% free-to-watch, with only your phone number required to verify your identity.
Anyone in Pakistan simply needs to head to the PTV Sports website or download the PTVFLIX app to tune in without paying a penny.
Play will get underway at 1.30pm PKT on Friday.
Not in Pakistan right now? You can still enjoy the same free Cricket World Cup coverage you would at home - all you need is a world class VPN service.
How to watch Australia vs Pakistan live stream in the UK
Sky Sports has the rights to show every 2023 Cricket World Cup game in the UK (the final will also be shown by Channel 5 for free). Tune in to Sky Sports Main Event or Sky Sports Cricket.
If you want to sign up, you can check out our dedicated guide to Sky TV deals and packages for today's best prices.
Australia vs Pakistan is scheduled to begin at 9.30am BST on Friday morning.
Don't fancy being locked in to a long, expensive contract? Consider the more flexible streaming option, Now (formerly Now TV) with Day (£11.98) and Month (£34.99) Membership options.
Or if you can wait for highlights later, Channel 5 and its My5 streaming service will show those for free and on demand from 7pm.
To access your usual streaming service from outside the UK, you'll need to download a good streaming VPN, as detailed above.
How to watch Australia vs Pakistan in Australia
Australia vs Pakistan, along with select 2023 Cricket World Cup matches, being shown for FREE on Channel 9 and 9Gem in Australia. Play is set to get underway at 7.30pm AEDT on Friday evening.
Viewers can also fire up a FREE Cricket World Cup live stream on the 9Now streaming service, which is compatible with most smart devices. Currently away from Australia?
Die-hard cricket fans can instead watch every match of the tournament on Fox Sports, available through Foxtel. Coverage can also be live streamed via Foxtel Now.
A most cost-efficient alternative to Foxtel is the incredible sports platform Kayo Sports.
Kayo lets you stream on one device with its One plan (AU$25/month), two devices with Basic (AU$30/month), and three devices with a Premium sub (AU$35 a month).
Kayo also gives you access to over 50 other sports including the NFL, NBA, PGA Tour golf, NRL, F1... the list goes on! Handy if you don't want to go all out on Fox.
How to watch Australia vs Pakistan live stream in the US (and Canada) and without cable
Just be warned that Australia vs Pakistan is set to begin at 4.30am ET / 1.30am PT in the early hours of Friday morning.
We'd recommend ESPN Plus to sports fanatics watching online, as it also has the rights to the NFL, MLB, NHL, PGA Tour golf, Top Rank boxing and EFL, FA Cup, Bundesliga and La Liga soccer.
Monthly plans cost $10.99 a month, while the cost-saving annual subscription is priced at $109.99 a year.
But there's even better value to be had if you grab ESPN+ as part of the big Disney Plus Bundle. As well as ESPN Plus live sports and documentaries, you'll get access to the hugely impressive Disney Plus catalog, which features Marvel movies, every Simpsons episode ever, the complete Star Wars canon, Pixar films, and much more, plus all the great shows and movies that Hulu offers.
And the cost is super reasonable - you only have to pay $14.99 a month for the Disney Plus bundle – $24.99 if you want to ditch the ads.
Willow TV, meanwhile, is available from a number of cable providers including Dish, Spectrum, Xfinity, Verizon Fios and more. It's also accessible via OTT provider Sling TV across a range of devices. There are options to pay just for Willow (from $10 a month), or add it to your existing Sling plan. You can check out your options and sign up on its website.
Out of the US and want to watch your home coverage? No worries - just use a VPN as described below.
How to watch Australia vs Pakistan live stream in New Zealand
Sky Sport is the place to watch Australia vs Pakistan, along with every game of the Cricket World Cup, in New Zealand. Play is set to begin at 9.30pm NZDT on Friday night.
Subscribers can tune in online using the country's Sky Go service.
If you don't have Sky Sport on cable, the cricket is also being shown live via the Sky Sport Now streaming-only platform. A Sky Sport Now subscription costs from $24.99 per week.
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Aatif is a freelance copywriter and journalist based in the UK. He’s written about technology, science and politics for publications including Gizmodo, The Independent, Trusted Reviews and Newsweek, but focuses on streaming at Future, an arrangement that combines two of his greatest passions: sport and penny-pinching.