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Thursday Nov 25 2021
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Web Desk

Pakistan vs India T20 World Cup clash sets new viewership record

By
Web Desk
Pakistan´s captain Babar Azam (R) and his teammate Mohammad Rizwan celebrate their win in the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup cricket match between India and Pakistan at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on October 24, 2021. — AFP/File
Pakistan´s captain Babar Azam (R) and his teammate Mohammad Rizwan celebrate their win in the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup cricket match between India and Pakistan at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on October 24, 2021. — AFP/File

  • Pakistan-India T20 World Cup clash sees record consumption of 15.9 billion minutes in India.
  • The overall TV consumption for the full tournament in India was recorded at 112 billion minutes.
  • Pakistan defeated India by 10 wickets and registered the first-ever victory over India in T20 World Cup.  


The high-octane clash between Pakistan and India during the ICC T20 World Cup broke the viewership record as it generated a record television reach of 167 million and record consumption of 15.9 billion minutes in India on the Star India Network.

The encounter is now the most viewed T20I match in history, exceeding the previous high of the India-West Indies semi-final match from the 2016 edition of the ICC event held in India, the ICC said in a statement on Thursday.

In the October 24 clash, Captain Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan had smashed unbeaten half-centuries to help Pakistan crush India by 10 wickets and register their first win over their arch-rivals in any World Cup.

The ICC revealed that nearly 10,000 hours of live coverage — more than ever before — are offered across TV and digital platforms in 200 countries at the back of increased viewership and consumption in India, Pakistan, the UK, Australia, and the USA.

"The pinnacle of the shortest format of the sport offered explosive cricket and entertainment for everyone and featured cricket’s biggest names and best teams," the statement said.

Overall TV consumption

The overall TV consumption for the full tournament in India was recorded at 112 billion minutes, despite India’s early exit from the tournament, the statement said.

Viewership share amidst younger audiences in India — children below the age of 15 — was at a healthy 18.5% at the back of a highly successful marketing campaign “Live the Game” targeting a younger demographic, the ICC said.

Viewership increases in UK, Pakistan, Australia

In the UK, viewership for India vs Pakistan match grew by 60% on Sky UK whereas the overall viewership for the market went up by 7%. In Pakistan, the viewership grew by 7.3% compared to the 2016 edition of the event.

In Australia, the viewership increased by 175% on the Fox Network. In the USA, which the ICC recently named as one of the focus markets for the sport, the tournament was the most viewed cricket tournament ever on ESPN+.