Watch an India vs Sri Lanka live stream
Looking for a free India vs Sri Lanka live stream? This match is free on the Hotstar mobile app in India, and will likely be free on PTV Sports in Pakistan. If you live in 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 India vs Sri Lanka in other parts of the world, keep reading.
India vs Sri Lanka: preview
Despite racking up four defeats, Sri Lanka could still make it to the Cricket World Cup knockouts... if they win all of their remaining games and other results go their way. Unfortunately, the path to perfection begins against hosts India, who have won six out of six and will seal their place in the semi-finals with another victory at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai today.
The Lions won the toss and opted to bowl first, and were swatted away by India. They've been left to chase a 358 target – which, incidentally is the same target New Zealand failed to reached yesterday. If Sri Lanka manage it, it'll go down as the highest run chase in Cricket World Cup history.
It would be fair to say that they're up against it. They've been on the receiving end of a couple of wallopings over the past few weeks, and they're realistically almost entirely reliant on Sadeera Samarawickrama and Kusal Mendis putting up big scores with the bat, something they were unable to do in a damaging defeat to Afghanistan earlier this week.
Mendis, who also keeps wicket, has taken on captaincy duties from injured skipper Dasun Shanaka, and it's looking like it might all be a bit much.
Jasprit Bumrah has understandably been the face of India's fearsome bowling attack throughout the tournament, but the Men in Blue's thrashing of England was undoubtedly the Mohammed Shami show. That underrated right arm removed four men for just 22 runs, and Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav did the rest.
If Sri Lanka were to pull off an upset here, things would become extremely congested at the summit. As well as the hosts, South Africa and Australia are also in the running for top spot, to the extent that one slip-up could change everything.
India team: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav
Sri Lanka team: Nissanka, Karunaratne, Mendis (c, wk), Samarawickrama, Asalanka, Mathews, Hemantha, Chameera, Theekshana, Rajitha, Madushanka
Want to tune in? Here's how to watch the 2023 Cricket World Cup and get an India vs Sri Lanka live stream online from wherever you are, including FREE streaming options.
FREE India vs Sri Lanka live streams
Where to find FREE India vs Sri Lanka live streams
Just like every other game of the 2023 Cricket World Cup, India vs Sri Lanka will be live streamed for FREE via the Hotstar app for mobiles in India.
The game will likely also be shown for FREE on PTV Sports in Pakistan.
Traveling outside India or Pakistan? Easy – use the no.1 cricket VPN to unblock your usual stream from anywhere. Details below.
How to watch India vs Sri Lanka 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 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 India vs Sri Lanka from anywhere:
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Global India vs Sri Lanka live streams
How to watch India vs Sri Lanka 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.
India vs Sri Lanka is scheduled to start at 2pm IST on Thursday 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 India vs Sri Lanka live stream for FREE in Pakistan
Select 2023 Cricket World Cup games, likely to include India vs Sri Lanka, 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 Thursday.
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 India vs Sri Lanka: 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.
India vs Sri Lanka is scheduled to begin at 8.30am GMT on Thursday 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 India vs Sri Lanka in Australia
You'll need access to Fox Cricket 501 to watch India vs Sri Lanka in Australia, with play set to get underway at 7.30pm AEDT on Thursday evening.
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). Unfortunately, Kayo has recently ended its free trial.
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.
It's also worth noting that select 2023 Cricket World Cup matches are being shown for FREE on Channel 9 and the 9Now streaming service, although no IND vs SL.
How to watch India vs Sri Lanka live stream in the US (and Canada) and without cable
Just be warned that India vs Sri Lanka is set to begin at 4.30am ET / 1.30am PT in the early hours of Thursday 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 India vs Sri Lanka: live stream in New Zealand
Sky Sport is the place to watch India vs Sri Lanka, along with every game of the Cricket World Cup, in New Zealand. Play is set to begin at 9.30pm NZDT on Thursday 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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