The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 officially started on Saturday, February 14. And if the first few matches are anything to go by, it’s going to be a cracker of a tournament.
Combined, four matches on the first two days saw 2,277 runs being scored, a hat-trick, four centuries and another ton missed due to a controversial umpiring decision.
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The teams batting first have posted mammoth 300+ targets and the win margins have been huge so far. The third day in fact saw the first upset, with Ireland humbling the mighty West indies total of 304 in less than 46 overs.
One of cricket’s biggest rivalries, India vs. Pakistan, was staged on Sunday, and was watched by supercharged fans both at the venue as well in the respective countries, and at neutral venues across the world, such as the UAE.
It was a big one, but was on a working day here in the UAE. While die-hards fans cooked up an excuse to arrive late at work this morning – or not turn up at all – not everyone can afford the luxury for every match.
And not just on Sunday, 14 top global teams from all over the globe – including the UAE’s – are battling for cricket’s top prize over 45 days. There will be a total of 49 matches, including some running simultaneously, that will be played during this World Cup.
The South Africa vs. Zimbabwe clash, for instance, was ongoing when the India vs. Pakistan match went underway. Clearly, no matter how big a fan you are, it will simply be impossible to watch every match ‘live’ on the telly. And for cricket addicts, focusing on work while keeping an eye on the scorecard is going to be a tough ask.
That’s where Emirates 24|7 comes to the rescue. Whether you’re a fan of one player, a team or cricket in general, we’ve got you covered. Here’s how to ‘watch live’ the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 matches, from wherever you are, and on the device of your choice. Here is our pick of the Top 5 Apps for keeping you ahead of the game all through the World Cup.
Emirates 24|7 'live' coverage app
Believe us, we’re as crazy about cricket as you are, and so we’ll be covering the world cup ‘live’ for you through our dedicated coverage that will include not just the live scores, but also comments and commentary, integrated with social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
We’re hosting a whole section on the ICC World Cup 2015 that will also showcase highlights, pictures, videos, expert opinion pieces and, most importantly, your comments and feedback. You can access the Emirates 24|7 feed from literally anywhere – your desktop, laptop or smartphone (any platform).
ICC Cricket World Cup Official App
This is the official app of the World Cup by the International Cricket Council (ICC). It offers several ‘official’ things – live scores, fastest ball by ball commentary, official videos, match highlights, tournament stats, breaking news, score notifications and exclusive columns, but is available only on Android and iOS (iPhone, iPad, Mac) platforms. While that covers quite a lot, it skips those on the Windows as well as BlackBerry platforms.
ESPNcricinfo Cricket App
Backed by ESPN and CricInfo’s team of sports experts and depth of statistics, this is a good one with a nice user interface. It isn’t specifically for the World Cup but for cricket in general, adding to the scope of the app. Comes with all the usual features – latest scores, breaking news, records, statistics and rankings – but also with added ones like match reminders and team notifications. Is available on Android, iOS and Windows platform, but not on BlackBerry.
CricBuzz Cricket Scores & News App
The CricBuzz app is the highest rated cricket app on the Google Play Store – and for good reason. It has an excellent user interface and comes with a dedicated widget that displays live scores on your home screen, without the need to access the app every time you need an update. Is available on Android, iOS and Windows platform, but not on BlackBerry.
Apple’s iTunes Cricket Apps
Gear up for the cricket season by visiting the iTunes App Store and choose an iOS compatible apps to keep up with live scores and match commentary, stream matches, watch highlights, etc. on your iPhones, iPads or Macs. Choose from a host of available apps - the official ICC Cricket World Cup app, CricHQ app, the NDTV Cricket app, the ESPNCricInfo app, the CricBuzz app or a number of others.