Fans can watch the India vs. Pakistan cricket match live online and see which squad starts out the 2017 Champions Tournament with a victory.
The sport’s biggest rivalry will resume on Sunday when they kick off the 2017 Champions Tournament, the first meeting between them since the 2016 World T20 in Australia. Their latest match is set to start Sunday at 10:30 a.m. local time (9:30 a.m. GMT/5:30 a.m. ET).
Those who watch the India vs. Pakistan cricket match live online will have some good company. As BBC Sport noted, close to one billion fans are expected to follow the game across the globe.
“It’s not just a game of cricket, it’s a lot more than that,” Pakistan captain Asif Iqbal told BBC Sport.
The rivalry has seen a bit of a lull in recent years as India asserted its dominance on the national stage. The Men in Blue have consistently been among the world’s top teams while Pakistan wavers as a cricket superpower, and as a result, India has dominated the series recently.
In fact, India defeated Pakistan in the last five major appearances — the 2016 World T20, 2015 World Cup, 2014 World T20, 2013 Champions Trophy, and 2012 World T20.
The long winning streak over their subcontinent rivals has left the India team a bit less edge than in past years.
“The players don’t lose sleep over this match with Pakistan. Indian cricketers have become far more relaxed, there’s no more over-the-top pressure when playing Pakistan,” former batsman Aakash Chopra told BBC Sport.
“As a country, we have evolved. There was a moment when beating Pakistan was a matter of life and death and asserting your superiority as a nation.
“Pakistan legends have also resigned [themselves] to the fact that they aren’t the same team anymore. Once you know you are flogging a half dead horse you don’t really expect to win anything, so what’s the point in having a rivalry which only has one outcome?”
— The Better India (@thebetterindia) June 3, 2017
Though most experts believe the Men in Blue will be victorious again, there is a chance that those watching the India vs. Pakistan cricket match live online could see a big upset to start the tournament. As ESPNcricinfo pointed out, there is plenty of internal turmoil for the India squad, reportedly the most since the 2007 World Cup.
“There is bound to be insecurity in the camp, with people looking over their shoulders, but sometimes a high-profile cricket match forces players to put their energies in the same direction,” the report noted.
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) June 3, 2017
In order to pull off the victory, Pakistan will have to keep Virat Kohli and the high-scoring threat in check. Against the top eight ranked ICC teams, Pakistan has won only once in their last 13 matches that bowlers conceded more than 250 runs, ESPNcricinfo noted. So any upset for Pakistan will start and finish with their bowlers.
Because it is the opening match of group play, Pakistan’s tournament hopes will be intact either way after the match, and a solid run after Sunday could be enough to help them advance even if they are unable to defeat India.
India (possible) 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 MS Dhoni (wk), 6 Kedar Jadhav, 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9, 10 and 11 three out of R Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav
Pakistan (possible) 1 Azhar Ali, 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Babar Azam, 4 Mohammad Hafeez, 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt & wk), 7 Imad Wasim, 8 Faheem Ashraf, 9 Mohammad Amir, 10 Wahab Riaz/Junaid Khan, 11 Hasan Ali
Fans who want to watch the India vs. Pakistan cricket match live online can click here for streaming video from Hotstar. The match will also be broadcast on Star Sports in the U.K.
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