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200 million tuned in to watch the opening match of IPL: Jay Shah, BCCI

The first match was played between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings.

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Season 13 of the Indian Premier League has opened to a grand start with millions of audiences across the world watching it on their television and mobile screens. It is one of the biggest live sports events that is happening after a gap of nearly six months. The matches are played in UAE.

Star India is the official broadcaster for the tournament and its live feed is available in multiple languages. On the other hand, the network is streaming the matches live on its OTT platform Disney+Hotstar.

The tournament kickstarted on 19 September and the first match was played between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings.

BCCI secretary in a tweet quoted the Broadcast Audience Research Council and mentioned that an unprecedented 200 million people tuned in to watch the match.

Shah further went on to claims that it is the highest ever opening day viewership for any sporting league in any country- no league has ever opened as big as this.

His claim was further acknowledged by Star Sports in its retweet where they mentioned the same number and claimed it as a record.  

However, there is no official communication from BARC on this data until the filing of this story.

In 2019, the reach for the tournament across TV and digital was 462 million. 

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