You might not be able to view it on TV, but can always do so online
BANGALORE, INDIA: Early this year, the fifth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL 5) had a defining moment in the history of cricket viewership in the country.
Just into the first week of the Twenty20 (T20) tournament, the official IPL 5 website registered a staggering growth of 56 per cent in online viewership over the previous edition. In a country of 1.2 billion cricket-hungry people, it had got about 13.7 million views in a mere seven days, when it was just 8.8 million for the overall edition in 2011.
It went on to prove a point that more and more fans want to catch up matches on the go or while at work, where watching on a television set is not always possible.
A few days ago, the much-awaited India-Pakistan T20 tie is believed to have got amazing response from online users, who are spoilt for choice, when it comes to watching live streams.
Well, Bangalore is past and all eyes are now on Ahmedabad. After the Men in Blue were beaten by their arch-rivals in the first T20 encounter at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium on Tuesday, India is looking for revenge.
The second T20 is set to start in a few moments at 5 pm, and since it has been nearly five years since the bilateral ties between India and Pakistan were snapped, the fervor is at an all-time high. As with the first T20, even for this match, online tickets are sold out long ago at BookMyShow.com, which is the authorized site for tickets.
For those who couldn't get a ticket or not in a position to watch on TV, there is always the option of watching online or checking the video stream on their mobiles and other gadgets.
In a bid to encourage viewers to support official streaming, Star Sports is reportedly providing live webcast of the India vs Pakistan series this time. To watch the match live on Star Sports, click here.
In case they find any difficulties in accessing the official streaming, viewers also do turn to unofficial sites like Extracover.net, watchcriclive, webcric.com and crictime.com, which have a lot of pop-up advertisements.
Also, ESPN Cricinfo is a hot favorite among cricket fans for live updates and scores.
However, BCCI, too, has an interesting way of presenting the live scores. BCCI website currently displays the following message: ''As Sohail Tanvir put it, when India play Pakistan in cricket, passion takes precedence over form and skill, resulting in exciting contests each time.'' Apart from those sites, here are a few others that provide updates and live scores: Cricbuzz, Cricketnirvana and Cricketnext.
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