A television audience of close to 1 billion are expected to watch Sunday's India vs. Pakistan ICC 2017 Champions Trophy cricket final. That number does not include the viewers who will tune into the match online via live stream to see the latest chapter in the most intense rivalry, not only in cricket but in any sport.
When the two cricket nations met earlier in the Champions Trophy tournament — their first meeting on a pitch for more than a year — the One Day International match drew 201 million viewers in India alone. As the Economic Times of India noted, that total for the single, group stage match is nearly half as many as watched all 60 Indian Premier League matches combined earlier this year.
For a look at the history and significance of the India vs. Pakistan cricket rivalry, which dates back to 1952, see the Inquisitr story at this link.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the India vs. Pakistan 2017 ICC Champions Trophy cricket Final, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. Start time is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. British Standard Time at Kia Oval cricket ground in London, England, on Sunday, June 18. In Pakistan, the match starts at 2:30 p.m. Pakistan Standard Time, while in India, the live stream gets underway at 3 p.m. India Standard Time.
Cricket fans in the United States can catch the live stream early in the morning on Sunday, starting at 5:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time/2:30 a.m. Pacific.
While Pakistan, historically, have had the better of India in ODI matches, winning 72 to India's 52, the trend has been turned on its head in the past decade. Since the beginning of 2007, India have won 12, while Pakistan have won eight ODI head-to-head matches.
Watch a preview of the India vs. Pakistan ICC Champions Trophy Final in the video below.
Pakistan were wiped out by their arch-rivals in the opening tournament match for both teams, with India winning by 124 runs. But Pakistan, who entered the Champions Trophy ranked eighth in the eight-team field, managed massive upsets of both South Africa and England — a feat they will look to repeat on Sunday against heavily favored India.
Can Pakistan complete what would be perhaps the most extraordinary Champions Trophy tournament ever, finishing with a third massive upset win in a row to claim the title after entering the tournament as the lowest-ranked side in the eight-team field? Or will defending Champions Trophy holders India again dominate their traditional rivals to claim not only bragging rights on the Indian subcontinent but take home the ICC Champions Trophy in back-to-back tournaments?
To find out, watch a live stream of the India vs. Pakistan 2017 Champions Trophy Final match from the 24,500-seat Kia Oval cricket ground in London, England, on Sunday using one of the following live stream options.
For fans in Pakistan, PTV — the Pakistan Television Corporation, that country's state-owned TV network — will carry the dramatic Champions Trophy semifinal showdown live on PTV Sports and will make a free live stream of the crucial match available as well for viewers inside of Pakistan only. The PTV stream can be accessed by fans with internet IP addresses in that country with no login information required by clicking on this link. In India, Hotstar Sports will live stream the India vs. Pakistan Champions Trophy Final at this link, offering both a simultaneous live stream for subscribers and a free stream on a five-minute time delay.
In the United States, the best way to watch a live stream as the Pakistan Men in Green face the heavily favored India Men in Blue is through Willow TV, which is available via this YouTube link with a monthly subscription fee, as well as on Willow TV's own site, accessible by clicking here.
But the most reliable method to live stream the match in the United States is to use the week-long free trial of Sling TV's International Sports Package, which includes Willow TV and the India vs. Pakistan 2017 ICC Champions Trophy championship final match on Sunday. Information on how to sign up for the free and legal Sling TV offer can be found by clicking on this link.
In the United Kingdom, a live stream of the second India vs. Pakistan cricket match of the tournament will be available to Sky Sports subscribers using the Sky Go streaming service, which can be accessed at this link.
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