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T20 Cricket World Cup Livestream: How to Watch India vs. Ireland From Anywhere

Tournament favorites kick off their Group A campaign in New York.

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Pre-tournament favorites India kick off their 2024 T20 Cricket World Cup campaign as they face an Ireland side looking to live up to their status as plucky underdogs. 

India heads into this tournament having not played a competitive T20 fixture since January. However, the recent IPL form of big guns Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav and Virat Kohli indicates the Men in Blue should be in fine shape.

Unlike their more fancied opponents, Ireland has kept busy with a packed T20 schedule in the month leading up to this tournament, and their inspirational skipper Paul Stirling, along with their recent win over Pakistan, suggests the team is capable of pulling off a shock. 

Below, we'll outline the best live TV streaming services to watch the final match of the series, no matter where you are in the world. 

India cricketer Virat Kohli celebrating, smiling, holding a bat aloft with his right hand. Standing in front of a grey background.

India's key man Virat Kohli won the Orange Cap in this season's Indian Premier League after notching up 741 runs from 15 matches. 

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India vs. Ireland: When and where?

India takes on Ireland at Nassau International Stadium in New York, on Wednesday, June 5. Play is set to start at 10:30 a.m. ET local time, 7:30 a.m. PT. That makes it a 3:30 p.m. BST start in Ireland and the UK, while its an 8 p.m. IST start in India. Meanwhile, the game gets underway at 12:30 a.m. for viewers in Australia. 

How to watch online from anywhere using a VPN

If you find yourself unable to view this T20i locally, you may need a different way to watch this match -- that's where using a VPN can come in handy. A VPN is also the best way to stop your ISP from throttling your speeds on game day by encrypting your traffic. It's also a great idea if you're traveling and find yourself connected to a Wi-Fi network, and you want to add an extra layer of privacy for your devices and logins.

With a VPN, you're able to virtually change your location on your phone, tablet or laptop to get access to the game. Most VPNs, like our Editors' Choice, ExpressVPN, make it really easy to do this.

Using a VPN to watch or stream sports is legal in any country where VPNs are legal, including the US, UK and Australia, as long as you have a legitimate subscription to the service you're streaming. Be sure your VPN is set up correctly to prevent leaks: Even where VPNs are legal, the streaming service may terminate the account of anyone it deems to be circumventing correctly applied blackout restrictions.

Looking for other options? Be sure to check out some of the other great VPN deals taking place right now.

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ExpressVPN is our current best VPN pick for people who want a reliable and safe VPN, and it works on a variety of devices. It's normally $13 per month, and you can sign up for ExpressVPN and save 49%, plus get three months of access for free -- the equivalent of $6.67 per month -- if you get an annual subscription. Also, ExpressVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Livestream India vs. Ireland in the US and Canada

This T20 World Cup clash will be available to watch live on cricket streaming service Willow TV.

Willow TV, a dedicated cricket streaming service, is available with a broad range of cable providers, including Spectrum, Dish and Xfinity. The service is also available via OTT provider Sling TV across a range of devices. There are options to pay just for Willow (pricing starts at $10 a month) or add it to your existing Sling plan. Willow TV is also an add-on for OTT provider Fubo, with plans starting at $87 per month (which covers the base Fubo subscription plus another $7 for the add-on package that includes Willow TV).

Stream Ireland vs. the Men in Blue in India for free

This opening fixture of the tournament for India will be available to watch on mobile devices via the Disney Plus Hotstar app.

Those looking to catch all the action on a device with a larger display will need to sign up for a Disney Star subscription.

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Disney Plus Hotstar starts at 499 rupees, with the service's all-access content plan coming in at 1,499 rupees.

Watch India vs. Ireland in the UK

The T20 World Cup is being shown live in the UK by Sky and its Sky Sports Cricket channel. If you already have Sky Sports as part of your TV package, you can stream the final via the Sky Go app, but cord-cutters will want to get set up with a Now account and a Now Sports membership to stream the match. 

Sky subsidiary Now (formerly Now TV) offers streaming access to Sky Sports channels with a Now Sports membership. You can get a day of access for £12, or sign up to a monthly plan from £25 a month right now.

Stream India vs. Ireland in Australia

Every match of this year's T20 World Cup will be shown live Down Under on streaming service Amazon Prime.

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An Amazon Prime membership includes Amazon's wide-ranging TV and movie streaming service, as well as ad-free music streaming, Prime Gaming, exclusive deals and its signature free delivery service. Prime costs AU$10 a month or AU$79 for the year. 

The good news for anyone who hasn't had an active Amazon account for 12 months or more is that you can stream the tournament without paying a penny by taking advantage of Amazon Prime's 30-day free trial.

A Kayo Sports subscription starts at AU$25 a month and lets you stream on one screen, while its Premium tier costs AU$35 a month for simultaneous viewing on up to three devices.

The service gives you access to a wide range of sports, including F1, NRL, NFL, NHL and MLB, and there are no lock-in contracts. 

Better still, if you're a new customer, you can take advantage of a one-week Kayo Sports free trial.

Quick tips for streaming South Africa vs. India using a VPN

  • With four variables at play -- your ISP, browser, video streaming provider and VPN -- your experience and success when streaming this T20i match live may vary.
  • If you don't see your desired location as a default option for ExpressVPN, try using the "search for city or country" option.
  • If you're having trouble getting the game after you've turned on your VPN and set it to the correct viewing area, there are two things you can try for a quick fix. First, log into your streaming service subscription account and make sure the address registered for the account is in the correct viewing area. If not, you may need to change the physical address on file with your account. Second, some smart TVs -- like Roku -- don't have VPN apps you can install directly on the device itself. Instead, you'll have to install the VPN on your router or the mobile hotspot you're using (like your phone), so that any device on its Wi-Fi network now appears in the correct viewing location.
  • All of the VPN providers we recommend have helpful instructions on their main site for quickly installing the VPN on your router. In some cases with smart TV services, after you install a cable network's sports app, you'll be asked to verify a numeric code or click a link sent to your email address on file for your smart TV. This is where having a VPN on your router will also help, since both devices will appear to be in the correct location. 
  • And remember, browsers can often give away a location despite using a VPN, so be sure you're using a privacy-first browser to log into your services. We recommend Brave.