India beat New Zealand by a convincing four-wicket in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 points table on Sunday, their first win over the Black Caps in the ICC tournament since 2003. India’s five consecutive wins at the World Cup handed New Zealand their first defeat at the World Cup, where they were expected to lift the trophy for the first time since 2011. Virat Kohli scored 95 runs with 12 balls remaining to seal the final target of 274 runs. In the process, the game also set a new world record for live streaming, with Disney+ Hotstar recording 430 million simultaneous viewers.
Disney+ Hotstar holds the digital streaming rights for the ongoing World Cup, and according to the streamer, 430 million live viewers tuned in to watch India’s match against New Zealand simultaneously on Sunday. This marks a new world record for live streaming, beating the record set during the India vs Pakistan match on October 14.
Hosts India and 2019 World Cup finalists New Zealand are the only two teams in the tournament to remain unbeaten heading into the tournament, with the Black Caps at the top of the table thanks to a higher net run rate. New Zealand had no changes to their squad after their win over Afghanistan, while India made two changes. Suryakumar Yadav and Mohammad Shami replaced injured Hardik Pandya and Shardul Thakur.
India won the toss and New Zealand posted a total of 273 with the help of Daryl Mitchell’s 130 off 127 balls, with Shami taking the Took 5 wickets. Although Kohli almost missed another century, his 95 helped India reach 274 with two overs remaining.
India’s match against Pakistan on October 14 also set a global live broadcast record with over 350 million live viewers simultaneously watching the much-awaited match on Disney+ Hotstar. The streamer holds the streaming rights to the World Cup in India and has partnered with the ICC to offer new viewing features for the event. Its new MaxView feature allows cricket fans to watch matches in portrait mode on their smartphones, with the ICC providing a dedicated vertical feed.
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