Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Lucknow Super Giants by 14 runs to win the Eliminator of IPL 2022 yesterday. It was a close encounter that saw 400 runs being scored across two innings. At one point, the game toppled a few records on the digital streaming platform. The RCB vs LSG game on Wednesday achieved the highest viewership on Hotstar in IPL 2022. We take a look at more about this record in this article.
The highest viewership on Hotstar in IPL 2022
Although the likes of Virat Kohli and Glenn Maxwell fell early in the first innings, Rajat Patidar and Dinesh Karthik stepped up to provide a massive score of 207 for the team. Patidar, who is an uncapped player, surprised many with his ability to time the ball sweetly. While Hotstar viewership increased when the RCB duo was going guns, it further went high in the second innings. LSG had started accelerating at the end and it was looking like a close encounter at that time. KL Rahul was at the crease and the match was going down the wire. Hence, the Hotstar viewership became 8.7 million then.
The previous best peak viewership was in the game between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians on the league stage. MS Dhoni had pulled off an incredible chase and the viewership had touched 8.3 million in that encounter. Now, the RCB vs LSG game has beaten this record by a good margin.
Highest viewership on Hotstar in this IPL:-
•RCB vs LSG in Eliminator – 8.7M.
•CSK vs MI – 8.3M.
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The record could be in danger in the next two games
There are two more games remaining in IPL 2022. RCB will take on Rajasthan Royals in Qualifier 2 of IPL 2022. This game is also likely to produce good numbers. The final of this season, to be held in Ahmedabad, will also be keenly watched. The existing record can be toppled easily due to the presence of RCB, a franchise that has a terrific fanbase.