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How to watch T20 World Cup live stream free in Australia and New Zealand

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The five-year wait for the seventh edition of the ICC T20 World Cup has almost come to an end, with the preliminary round of matches to determine the final four entrants in the 12-team event starting Sunday, 17 October.

Oman, co-hosting the event along with UAE, face Papua New Guinea (PNG) in the opening game of the event in the afternoon clash on Sunday while Bangladesh take on Scotland in the evening fixture. Both matches will take place at the Oman Cricket Academy Ground in Al Amerat.

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The remaining teams in Round 1 of the tournament — Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands and Namibia — begin their respective campaigns on Monday at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Ireland, one of the recent entrants in Test cricket, lock horns with Netherlands in the afternoon clash while the evening fixture will witness Sri Lanka, a side that finished runners-up in 2009 and lifted the trophy five years, face Namibia, whose only other appearance in an ICC event was in the 2003 ODI World Cup.

Here’s everything you need to know as far as the live overage and other details of Round 1 of the 2021 T20 World Cup are concerned:

When will the Round 1 matches of the T20 World Cup take place?

The Round 1 matches of the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup will take place between 17 and 22 October.

How many groups are there in Round 1 of the T20 World Cup?

Round 1 of the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup will feature eight sides divided into two groups. Ireland, Namibia, Sri Lanka and Netherlands form Group A, while Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea, Scotland and co-hosts Oman form Group B.

T20 World Cup TV & streaming in the USA

  • TV channel: n/a 
  • Live stream: ESPN+

ESPN+ will stream the T20 World Cup starting Sunday, Oct. 17. The streaming service will show all matches in English and Hindi.

Watch Here: T20 World Cup 2021 Live Stream

Coverage will begin at 6 a.m. ET for first-round matches, starting with Oman vs. Papua New Guinea, followed by Bangladesh vs. Scotland at 10 a.m. ET. ESPN+ will also show footage from the warm-up matches featuring India, West Indies, England, New Zealand, Australia and more.

ESPN+ offers a subscription for $6.99 a month ($69.99 per year). Fans can also purchase The Disney Bundle, which allows access to Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu or $13.99/month (Hulu with ads) or $19.99/month (Hulu without ads).

How to watch the T20 World Cup in Australia

In Australia, the World Cup is being televised by Fox Cricket. That means Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports are all options for catching what will be a month of outstanding cricket action.

Considering the length of its free trial, its special features and its price, we think Kayo Sports is the way to go. For more information, read our Kayo vs Foxtel comparison. The first round (see the format below) is being shown on Kayo Freebies, with the rest of the competition on the main Kayo Sports platform and Foxtel.

How can I watch the 2021 T20 World Cup in the UK?

Every game during the T20 World Cup, including the first round, will be available to watch on Sky Sports Cricket.

Live coverage is scheduled to get underway an hour before the start time for each game (see below for full schedule).

Where can I watch the match online in India?

The T20 World Cup matches can be streamed online on the Disney+ Hotstar app and website. Firstpost.com will also run the live blog for World Cup matches.

How to watch the T20 World Cup?

  • TV Channels: Star Sports Network
  • Live Streaming: Disney+  Hotstar

ICC awarded Star Sports the global broadcast rights for all ICC Events 2015-2023. This included exclusive live and highlights rights across all platforms for ICC major events.

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The 16 broadcast partners confirmed by the ICC for the event are: Star Sports (India and the rest of the Indian Sub-continent (including Sri Lanka), Fox Sports (Australia), Channel 9 (Australia) Sky Sports (United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland), SuperSport (South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa), Etisalat Criclife (United Arab Emirates), Willow TV (USA & Canada), Sky TV (New Zealand), PTV (Pakistan), ESPN (Caribbean), Gazi TV (Bangladesh), Radio Television Afghanistan (Afghanistan), Fox Networks Group (South East Asia), Digicel (Pacific Islands), Yupp TV (MENA, Continental Europe and Central Asia), Star Cricket (Singapore, Malaysia & Hong Kong).

When does it start?

The first round of the T20 World Cup begins on 17 October with Papua New Guinea taking on Oman followed by Scotland vs Bangladesh match. The Super 12 stage that includes the biggest teams like India, West Indies, Australia and others will start from 23 October. The semi-finals will take place on 10 and 111 November, while the final will be held on 14 November. Both semi-finals and the final will have reserve days to make up for bad weather conditions.

What is the format of the World Cup?

Eight teams — Ireland, Namibia, Netherlands, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Oman, Papua New Guinea and Scotland — are part of Round 1. They have been divided into two groups. They will play against each other once and the top two teams from each group will qualify for the Super 12 stage.

Sri Lanka, Ireland, the Netherlands and Namibia are in Group A. Bangladesh, Scotland, Papua New Guinea and Oman are in Group B.

The Super 12 stage will also include teams like England, Australia, South Africa, West Indies, India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan who have qualified directly for this round. The 12 teams in this round will be divided into two groups. Each team will play the others in the group once. In the end, the top two teams from each group will reach the semi-finals.

Groups

Round 1

Group A: Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands, Namibia

Group B: Bangladesh, Scotland, Papua New Guinea, Oman

Super 12 stage

Group 1: England, Australia, South Africa, West Indies, top seed Group A, second seed Group B

Group 2: India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, second seed Group A, top seed Group B

Which grounds will host the World Cup matches?

The 45 games will be played across fours stadiums in UAE and Oman:

  • Dubai International Stadium, Dubai, UAE
  • Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah, UAE
  • Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Oman Cricket Academy Ground, Al Amerat, Oman

The Round 1 Group A matches will take place in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. Oman will host all of the Group B matches. The Super 12 stage matches will be played across Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. One of the semi-finals will be hosted in Abu Dhabi while the other one will be played in Dubai.

Dubai will also host the final of the T20 World Cup.

Fixtures and match timings:

Round 1 qualifiers

October 17 — Oman v Papua New Guinea, Muscat (3:30 pm); Bangladesh v Scotland, Muscat (7:30 pm)

October  18 — Ireland v Netherlands, Abu Dhabi (3:30 pm); Sri Lanka v Namibia, Abu Dhabi (7:30 pm)

October 19 — Scotland v Papua New Guinea, Muscat (3:30 pm); Oman v Bangladesh, Muscat (7:30 pm)

October 20 — Namibia v Netherlands, Abu Dhabi (3:30 pm); Sri Lanka v Ireland, Abu Dhabi (7:30 pm)

October 21 — Bangladesh v Papua New Guinea, Muscat (3:30 pm); Oman v Scotland, Muscat (7:30 pm)

October 22 — Namibia v Ireland, Sharjah (3:30 pm); Sri Lanka v Netherlands, Sharjah (7:30 pm)

Super 12

Group 1 fixtures

October 23 — Australia vs South Africa 3:30 pm Abu Dhabi

October 23 – England vs West Indies 7:30 pm Dubai

October 24 – A1 vs B2 3:30 pm Sharjah

October 26 – South Africa vs West Indies – 3:30 pm Dubai

October 27 – England vs B2 – 3:30 pm Abu Dhabi

October 28 – Australia vs A1 – 7:30 pm Dubai

October 29 – West Indies vs B2 – 3:30 pm Sharjah

October 30 – South Africa vs A1 – 3:30 pm Sharjah

October 30 – England vs Australia – 7:30 pm Dubai

November 1 – England vs A1 – 7:30 pm Sharjah

November 2 – South Africa vs B2 – 3:30 pm Abu Dhabi

November 4 – Australia vs B2 – 3:30 pm Dubai

November 4 – West Indies vs A1 – 7:30 pm Abu Dhabi

November 6 – Australia vs West Indies – 3:30 pm Abu Dhabi

November 6 – England vs South Africa – 7:30 pm Sharjah

Group 2 fixtures

October 24 – India vs Pakistan 7:30 pm Dubai

October 25 – Afghanistan vs B1 7:30 pm Sharjah

October 26 – Pakistan vs New Zealand 7:30 pm Sharjah

October 27 – B1 vs A2 – 7:30 pm Abu Dhabi

October 29 – Afghanistan vs Pakistan – 7:30 pm Dubai

October 31 – Afghanistan vs A2 – 3:30 pm Abu Dhabi

October 31 – India vs New Zealand – 7:30 pm Dubai

November 2 – Pakistan vs A2 – 7:30 pm Abu Dhabi

November 3 – New Zealand vs B1 – 3:30 pm Dubai

November 3 – India vs Afghanistan – 7:30 pm Abu Dhabi

November 5 – New Zealand vs A2 – 3:30 pm Sharjah

November 5 – India vs B1 – 7:30 pm Dubai

November 7 – New Zealand vs Afghanistan – 3:30 pm Abu Dhabi

November 7 – Pakistan vs B1 – 7:30 pm Sharjah

November 8 – India vs A2 – 7:30 pm Dubai

November 10 – Semi-final 1, Abu Dhabi, 7.30pm

Semi-finals and final

November 11 – Semi-final 2, Dubai, 7.30pm

November 14 – Final, Dubai, 7.30pm

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