Mumbai: India versus Pakistan matches have continuously seen sold-out arenas and a steep hike in television ratings. After losing the first ICC World T20 Super 10 clash against New Zealand at Nagpur by 47 runs, Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Team India will have to win all their upcoming matches, including the one against their arch rivals.
However, fans at home might not get to see the action for about an hour.
Earth Hour, which is observed by switching off lights for an hour between 8.30 pm-9.30 pm, falls on Saturday — the same day of the crucial match at Eden Gardens.
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The T20 encounter starts at 7.30 pm and fans may get to miss out on heart-thumping action. Bollywood celebrities too are urging people to observe Earth Hour by watching the match together on a single screen with friends, families and the neighbourhood.
B-Town megastar Amitabh Bachchan tweeted: “Support ?#EarthHour2016?, watch ?#IndVSPak? with friends on one screen, join campaign Together vsClimateChange.”
However, restaurants in Mumbai will not switch off lights and beam the match live. “Television sets will be on here and fans will get to see the match,” Mohan Pandey, Restaurant Manager of Tap Bar in Andheri, said.
“The match will be on and we are expecting a full house,” Tara Alam, Assistant Restaurant Manager of 3 Wise Monkeys (Khar) added.
“India versus Pakistan is like war for us. We have not got orders to switch off TV sets. If we do, our customers will start screaming,” Chandan Mondal, Shift Manager at United Sports Bar, Ghatkopar said.
Pakistan have never won against India in six World Cup matches (1992, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2011 and 2015). They have also come out second best in four World T20 encounters (two in 2007 and in 2012, 2014).
Let’s wait and watch to see what happens on D-Day!
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