The India vs. New Zealand 2014 live stream cricket match for the 3rd ODI between the two squads arrives for U.S. viewers on Friday night. The latest of these matches will see the New Zealand team looking to win a third-straight ODI over the Indian side, after winning the first match by 24 runs and the second by 15 runs. India will look to bounce back in the latest matchup, with the live streaming cricket provided for United States viewers courtesy of ESPN's network.
An ESPN Cric Info report from Jan. 24 notes that New Zealand last won three straight ODI’s back in 2010. Their wins in that stretch were over Pakistan, Bangladesh and Australia. Now they’ve got a shot to do that against a team with the cricket credibility of the nation of India behind it. Getting a three-match streak against a team of their stature in the World Cup year could be a major feat for the New England squad, including Brendom McCullum and Mitchell McClenaghan. However, their two wins so far have been close and tough-fought, with India’s stars MS Dhoni and Virat Kholi nearly bringing their team to victory.
New Zealand bowler Tim Southee talked of getting to India’s star Virat Kohli early, telling the media:
"I don't think we have bowled particularly well to him when he's first come out and it has almost allowed him to get in and get going. Once he does that he's shown he's pretty hard to stop. He is in great nick and our job is to get him as early as possible."
There’s early indications that Suresh Raina might be sidelined from tonight’s match for India due to the hit he took on his left elbow recently. That soft tissue injury could have him out and replaced by either Ambati Rayudu or Stuart Binny for the latest ODI. Another concern for India will be keeping Jesse Ryder off the wicket, while also trying to limit Corey Anderson. India’s bowlers will need to concentrate their efforts on these two opponents in particular, to keep their chances at victory tonight high.
As for the weather, the forecasts in Auckland call for a “beautiful sunny day.” The match will be at Eden Park which has a quicker pitch than Seddon Park and could see New Zealand playing Hamish Bennett over Kylie Mills. Current odds favor India by a slim -125 margin over New Zealand (+105) in this latest One Day International. The two sides will next meet on Tuesday, Jan. 28 in the 4th ODI at Hamilton. A fifth ODI is scheduled for Wellington on Jan. 31, with the two teams meeting up for their 1st Test series in early February.
The India vs. New Zealand live cricket match has a scheduled viewing start time of 7:50 p.m. Eastern Standard Time for U.S. viewers. This matchup will be live streaming online through the official ESPN broadband sports network, ESPN3. Viewers should have access to this free service as a courtesy of their hi-speed internet providers. See more info here for any possible blackouts or restrictions by region or device.