Cricketing arch-rivals India play Pakistan at Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday, 16 June, at 10:30am
Cricket’s oldest rivalry might be the Ashes, but it’s most exciting World Cup rivalry has always been the big-ticket clash between India and Pakistan.
Both teams have had different starts to their World Cup campaign. India won their opening games against South Africa and Australia convincingly, but their third game against New Zealand on Thursday was washed out due to bad weather. Pakistan, meanwhile, have won against tournament favourites and hosts England, but lost their other two games against West Indies and Australia.
Until two years ago, India had a flawless record against Pakistan in World Cup games, but that changed in the ICC Champions Trophy Final in 2017. Pakistan scored a mammoth 338 and bowled out India for 158 to win the final convincingly. Both teams have similar squads this time around, so India will, no doubt, hope to seek retribution for that defeat on Sunday.
For both nations, a win in this game could be the most momentous moment of this World Cup. After all, there’s a reason why tickets for India versus Pakistan cricket matches cost the most, get sold out the fastest and are re-sold for the highest prices online.
This India-Pakistan cricketing rivalry dates back to when British India was separated into two nations – India and Pakistan – in 1947. Things haven’t got better with the current fragile political climate between the two neighbouring Asian nations a product of disputes over geographical borders and possession of the Himalayan region of Kashmir.
Despite all of this, it’s good to know that the players on both teams remain on good terms off the field. On the field, though, this is one of the greatest sporting rivalries – think El Classico, or Liverpool versus Manchester United.
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India in the 2019 Cricket World Cup so far (Played 2; Won 2)
India vs South Africa: India has played two World Cup matches so far and won them both pretty convincingly. They were the last team to start their World Cup campaign but bowled well to restrict South Africa to 227 in their opening game, then raced to the total with over two overs to spare as opener Rohit Sharma scored a century.
India vs Australia: Their next game was against defending World Cup Champions, Australia. This time India batted first and scored a mammoth 352 courtesy a century from their other opener Shikhar Dhawan, half-centuries from Rohit Sharma and skipper Virat Kohli and a quickfire 48 from all-rounder Hardik Pandya.
Dhawan also sustained an injury during this game, which means he’ll be out for at least India’s next two games, if not more. That means the flashy southpaw will miss the India versus Pakistan clash on Sunday.
India vs New Zealand: Alas, the British weather robbed us of an exciting India-New Zealand clash on Thursday. Both teams are undefeated in the tournament, so they could likely meet later in the tournament.
Pakistan in the 2019 Cricket World Cup so far (Played 3; Won 1; Lost 2)
Pakistan vs West Indies: Pakistan’s first 2019 World Cup game was against the West Indies, who are one of the lower-ranked teams in this tournament. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the team’s day as they were bowled out for a paltry 105 runs in under 22 overs. To add insult to injury, West Indies raced to the target in under 90 balls, with 7 wickets to spare.
Pakistan vs England: But we saw a completely different team when Pakistan faced England at Trent Bridge in their second game of the tournament. A good start by their openers and three fifties by Babr Azam, Mohammad Hafeez and Sarfraz Ahmed saw the team score 348 runs. England had their chances especially when centurions Joe Root and Jos Buttler were at the crease but the hosts eventually fell short by 14 runs.
Pakistan versus Australia: We saw two sides of Pakistan against Australia. At one point, it looked like the Aussies would score in excess of 400 runs, but Pakistan took the final 6 wickets for about 50 runs and restricted them to 307. While batting, they didn’t start particularly well but there was a time where you felt they would win the game. Alas, the Australian fast bowlers bowled the team out as Pakistan lost by 41 runs.
How to watch India versus Pakistan live in the UK: Sky Sports
There are two ways to watch India versus Pakistan if you’re based in the UK. The toss starts at 10am, while the game begins at 10:30am. The official broadcaster for the ICC Cricket World Cup is Sky Sports. If you have a Sky TV package, then you can add Sky Sports Cricket for £10 per month with no minimum term contract, or get all eight Sky Sports channels for £23 per month on an 18-month contract.
How to watch India versus Pakistan online in the UK: Now TV
If you don’t have Sky TV, then it might be difficult to get a Sky Sports package before Sunday before you’ll need a Sky box, which involves installation and long-term contracts. Your best option in this case is to choose a Now TV Sky Sports Pass.
This subscription-based service lets you stream the ICC Cricket World Cup to any PC or mobile device and can even installed on gaming consoles. You can choose one of three Sky Sports passes:
- Day Pass for £8.99
- Weekly Pass for £14.99
- Monthly Pass for £33.99
The Monthly Pass renews automatically unless you physically choose to cancel your subscription; this isn’t the case with the Day and Week Passes.
How to watch India versus Pakistan online in the US and Canada: Hotstar
If you live in the US and Canada, then you can watch India versus Pakistan at 5:30am Eastern Time on either Willow TV or Hotstar. The toss starts half an hour earlier at 5am.
In the US, Hotstar costs either $19.99 per month or $99.99 for a year but gives you access to other content mainly catering to the Indian diaspora living in the US. If you live in Canada, Hotstar prices are slightly cheaper.
How to watch India versus Pakistan online in India: Hotstar
In India, the game will be exclusively available to stream on Hotstar. Hotstar is free to watch, but has a Premium tier that gives you access to more international content and live international sports tournaments, including the Indian Premier League and the 2019 Cricket World Cup. The Premium membership currently costs ₹199 per month or ₹999 per year.
How to watch India versus Pakistan online in Pakistan: PTV Live
Viewers who live in Pakistan can watch the India versus Pakistan clash live on PTV Sports and Ten Sports. If you want to watch on a PC, then your best option is to stream the game on PTV Sports Live.
How to watch India versus Pakistan anywhere else in the world
To check the TV channel, website and mobile apps that will let you watch India Pakistan from any other country, check the official broadcasters link on the Cricket World Cup website.
How to watch India versus Pakistan from anywhere in the world: use a VPN
If you’re based outside the country and can’t watch India take on Pakistan on 16 June, then your best option is to use a VPN service to ‘virtually’ spoof your location to the country you want.
Paid VPN services are always better because they don’t have any caveats like limited bandwidth or annoying ads and pop-ups. Simply choose one of the VPN services we recommend, set your location to the UK, US or Canada, then select the service or website that’s broadcasting the match and log into it if needed.
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Here’s how to watch India versus Pakistan from anywhere using a VPN
1. Get a VPN (we recommend ExpressVPN because it’s the fastest and most reliable VPN we’ve tested for streaming and unblocking sports content).
2. Connect to a UK server location, or simply point to your home country when you’re abroad.
3. Go to the channel or website that’s providing live coverage of India versus Pakistan and log in using your account details.
ExpressVPN is not only the best VPN we’ve ever used but also the fastest, meaning you can enjoy lag-free streams of India versus Pakistan regardless of which country you stream the game from. You can install the VPN on all your devices and it has 24/7 customer support if you ever need any help.
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Surfshark VPN is the most pocket-friendly VPN, although it has slower speeds than ExpressVPN. This can result in connection problems and lags, especially if you’re browsing from long distances. For example, it should be fine if you want to connect to a UK server from France, but speeds may suffer if you want to connect to a UK server if you’re in the Middle East.