Fans can watch the India vs. Pakistan cricket match live online and see as the two long-time rivals meet to kick off the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia.
The teams meet Sunday at 2 p.m. local time (3:30 a.m. GMT) from Adelaide.
The match, the fourth of the 2015 World Cup and the second from Pool B, comes very highly anticipated. India and Pakistan have one of the biggest rivalries, and experts believe their matchup on Sunday could be the biggest cricket match ever.
“We actually anticipate that that could be the most watched cricket match ever in the history of the game,” Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland told ABC News Breakfast.
Sutherland noted that tickets for the match between India and Pakistan sold out almost immediately.
“Tickets went on sale in Adelaide six to 12 months ago. They were sold out in 20 minutes,” he said. “More tickets have since come on sale. They’ve basically gone in seconds.”
Fans who watch the India vs. Pakistan cricket match live online will not be alone, Sutherland said. He expects an audience of “billions” to tune in across the globe.
While India and Pakistan have played many exciting matches against each other in recent years, in the ICC Cricket World Cup the rivalry has been quite one-sided. The Indian squad has won each of the five meetings between the teams, though Sunday’s matchup will be the first time India takes on Pakistan in the World Cup without legend Sachin Tendulkar, who retired in 2013.
India’s players say facing Pakistan requires them to be strong not only physically but mentally as well.
“While you do try your best to keep emotions under check when you play Pakistan, it is not always possible to do so,” Javagal Srinath, India’s joint highest wicket-taker in World Cup history and part of four of those wins, told Wisden India. “Having said that, I believe we controlled our emotions better, which is why we ended up on the right side of the result. Of course, having Sachin firing on all cylinders also helped.”
Fans who watch the India vs. Pakistan cricket match live online will see an Indian team looking to gain its footing after a difficult stretch. In the build-up to the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup the team endured a long slump, losing a Test series in Australia and then failing to win a single match in the Tri-Series against Australia and India.
The Indian team also lost a 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup warm-up match to Australia before finally getting a win in their final warm-up match against Afghanistan.
Fans who want to watch the India vs. Pakistan cricket match live online can tune in to Star Sports in India and PTV Sports Online in Pakistan. ESPN is also offering live streaming video of all 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup matches, though a fee is required. A full list of places to stream the India vs. Pakistan match online can be found here.
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