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On the opening day of the 16th edition of the Indian Premier League, viewers cited inconvenience while accessing the live feed of the broadcast disseminated by JioCinema. Viacom, JioCinema’s parent media body, had earlier bagged the digital broadcasting rights of the cash-rich league for five years by paying a whopping 23,758 crore. Viacom will continue to enjoy digital broadcasting rights till 2027.
Viewers took to Twitter to register their outrage against JioCinema during the much-anticipated clash between Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings. While many viewers claimed that the network had been down since morning, others asked Jio to focus on its services more than experimenting with interactive camera angles.
With Disney Star network acquiring the television broadcast rights for rs. 23,575 crore, it has happened for the first time that the IPL in India is being broadcasted by two separate companies.
Notably, such complaints were also rampant during the 2022 FIFA World Cup which too was digitally broadcasted in India by JioCinema.
Gujarat Titans register first win of IPL 2023
Playing on their home turf, Gujarat Titans registered the first win of IPL 2023 as the defending champions defeated MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings by five wickets. Riding on Ruturaj Gaikwad’s heroics, Chennai had registered a total of 178/7 after the completion of 20 overs which was pipped by Gujarat Titans in the final over.
Shubman Gill starred with the bat for Gujarat as the 23-year-old scored 63 runs in 36 deliveries, courtesy of six fours and three sixes. Titans got off to a flying start as opener Wriddhiman Saha hammered two sixes and equinumerous fours early onto the innings to accelerate the chase before he was dismissed by young pacer Rajvardhan Hangargekar. Rahul Tewatia (15*) and Rashid Khan (10*) dusted the proceedings with an unbeaten 22-run partnership for the sixth wicket.
Hangargekar was the pick of the bowlers for Chennai as he claimed three wickets against 36 runs.
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