India-Pakistan 2019 World Cup match: As expected, the match between the arch-rivals received the most views across platforms.
The 22nd match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between India and Pakistan at Old Trafford saw India continuing their unbeaten spree against Pakistan in the World Cup. A comprehensive 89-run (DLS Method) victory had bolstered India’s position in the points table at that point in time.
Led by vice-captain Rohit Sharma’s 24th ODI century, India posted an impressive 336/5 in their allotted quota of 50 overs after Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and elected to field. The Indian top-order has flourished yet again as opening batsman Lokesh Rahul (57) and captain Virat Kohli (77) also scored individual half-centuries.
Barring bowling figures of 10-1-47-3 by fast bowler Mohammed Amir, all other Pakistani bowlers struggled to make a drastic impact against the Indian batters.
In their batting innings, Pakistan’s conservative approach followed by rain taking 10 overs from their innings made it a daunting task for them to secure victory. Chasing 302 runs to win in 40 overs, Pakistan eventually scored 212/6.
Having scored 62 (75) with the help of seven fours and a six, opening batsman Fakhar Zaman was the highest run-scorer for Pakistan. Among the Indian bowlers, Vijay Shankar, Kuldeep Yadav and Hardik Pandya picked up a couple of wickets each.
India-Pakistan 2019 World Cup match
It is worth mentioning that the match has become the “most-watched” match for this World Cup. The much talked-about contest allured 273 million unique viewers and 50 million digital-only viewers in a latest confirmation from the ICC (International Cricket Council).
ICC confirms that the most watched match of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 globally was India against Pakistan with 273 million unique viewers tuning into linear TV coverage with over another 50 million digital-only viewers #CWC19 #Cricket
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) September 16, 2019
Considering the hefty build-up to the match, such numbers from an India-Pakistan World Cup match were always on the expected lines. Given how well the sport is followed in both the nations, people were expected to be glued to their screens.