India vs South Africa 2018 Test Series - Who is going to win this one?

India vs South Africa 2018 Test Series - Clash of Titans

Who is going to win the India vs South Africa 2018 cricket series? Well, yes South Africa has an upper hand. They have a successful history in their own backyard against the Indian sub-continent teams and of course the home advantage. But Kohli's men would certainly be in no mood to give away things easily. Infact, there is a high probability that we may see some major upsets out there.

India completes a long home season, now ready to face a daunting task down there in South Africa. You won't find a cricket fan who doesn't admire the quality of cricket that South Africa plays. Right from the Hansie Cronje days to AB de Villiers era, South Africa has always been amongst the top three teams, especially in test and ODI cricket. None of the Indian sub-continent teams have managed to win a test series in South Africa. 


Have seen all the Indian tours to South Africa. Even though the earlier touring teams had the likes of Tendulkar, Ganguly, Dravid, Azharuddin, Laxman, Dhoni, etc; somehow this team looks more balance. Indian team always toured with a good batting line up but somehow they failed to put a good show in bowling. This time that's not the case. Likes of Ashwin, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Bumrah, Shami, Ishant, etc would love the conditions out there and extract as much as possible to succeed. Apart from a fair balance, this team is highly fearless and possesses a well controlled aggression. 

This series truly deserves to be called 'Clash of Titans'.

India vs South Africa 2018 Live Streaming


Have seen a lot of questions on social media similar to this one. Where can I watch live streaming and telecast of India vs South Africa 2018 cricket series? Sony Pictures Sports Network has bagged the rights to broadcast this series in India. Cricket fans can watch live streaming and telecast on SonyLiv app, Sonyliv.com and Sony Ten 1 and 3 HD channels respectively. Not to forget, live telecast on TV will also be available with Hindi commentary.

India vs South Africa 2018 Test Series Schedule

1st Test Match starts from 5th January 2018 at Durban
2nd Test Match starts from 13th January 2018 at Centurion
3rd Test Match starts from 24th January 2018 at Johannesburg

Squads

South Africa:- Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Theunis de Bruyn, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Morne Morkel, AB de Villiers, Dean Elgar, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn

India:- Virat Kohli (captain), Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Parthiv Patel, Jasprit Bumrah

Head to Head Stats

Total Matches played: 33
India won: 10
South Africa won: 13
Draw: 10

Total Matches played in South Africa: 17
India won: 2
South Africa won: 8
Draw: 7

The stats pretty much favour South Africa in their own backyard. India would certainly have to pull up their socks and prove their mettle.

Highlights

Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers ability to turn tables on the opposition would be worth a watch. 

Virat Kohli and his team would chase history as they would strive hard to register India's first ever test series win in South Africa.

Ashwin and Maharaj would be the eye catching spinners this series.

Cheteshwar Pujara and Hashim Amla would be great examples of solid defence in this test series.

While South African quickies like Steyn, Rabada and Rabada could prove lethal; even Indian pace battery has a lot of variety that could prove troublesome to the South Africa batsmen.

KL Rahul and Murali Vijay can be hidden gems. They are solid when it comes to test cricket. If they succeed in playing out the initial phase of pace battery, they are well set for a big one.

While South Africa has an upper hand in this series, we certainly know Virat Kohli and his team is not going to make South Africa's job that easy. You never know, this could be a historic tour for team India. Catch all the exciting cricket action live on SonyLiv and Sony Ten HD channels.

India vs Sri Lanka 2017 T20 Series - One Sided Affair?

India vs Sri Lanka 2017 T20 Series

With the conclusion of the ODI series, India registered its 8th consecutive bilateral series win thus levelling the record of Australia and still behind West Indies 13 consecutive bilateral series win record from 1970s and 80s. 

While the test and ODI series were pocketed by India, the lack lustre Sri Lanka tour were good in patches. The first test match was hard fought especially in the first innings, whereas Sri Lankan bowling was exceptionally well in the first ODI. With Rohit Sharma's explosive 200 in the 2nd ODI at Mohali, India bounced back to win two matches and seal the series.


Now it's time for the exciting T20 series where tables can turn either ways. Or will it be another one sided affair which will be pocketed by the home team? Let's see!

India vs Sri Lanka T20 Series Live Streaming and Telecast

HotStar and Star Sports HD network will bring to you live cricket streaming and telecast in India. Along with live English commentary, Hindi fans can enjoy witty commentary by experienced Hindi commentators.



T20 Series Schedule

20th December 2017 at Cuttack - 1st T20
22nd December 2017 at Indore - 2nd T20
24th December 2017 at Mumbai - 3rd T20

Squad Details

Indian T20 Squad is provided below:
Rohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Jasprit Bumrah, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Mohammad Siraj, Basil Thampi, Jaydev Unadkat. 

Sri Lanka T20 Squad is provided below:
Thisara Perera (captain), Upul Tharanga, Angelo Mathews, Dasun Shanaka, Chaturanga de Silva, Sachith Pathirana, Dananjaya De Silva, Kusal Janith Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Niroshan Dickwella, Asela Gunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Nuwan Pradeep, Vishwa Fernando, Dusmantha Chameera.

Series Clean Sweep for India or Consolation for Sri Lanka?

When Sri Lanka's tour to India started, experts believed this could be a 9-0 win for India with clean sweep in all the formats. Well that couldn't happen because even if Sri Lankan team wasn't a confident outfit to nail a series win, they managed to bother Indian team in patches. They managed to draw tests and win the first ODI. If not 9-0, India can manage to win the T20 series and attain another clean sweep in this home season.

On the other hand, the visitors are reviving from their lost form. This isn't the spirited team which we saw growing since the mid 90s with likes of Jayasuriya, Ranatunga, Vaas, Muralitharan, etc. We see a lot of new faces and too many trial and errors. Frequent changes in captaincy is also another drawback for the team. Sri Lanka needs consistency in selection and performances along with positive intent and body language. Above all, they need spirited series win in the midst of too many losses. If this team can manage to sneak a victory in this T20 series that can be a consolation for them.

Moving ahead, Sri Lanka tours to Bangladesh for a tri nation series that also involves Zimbabwe. India visits South Africa next for a tough tour where the players in form like Kohli, Dhawan, Bumrah, Bhuvaneshwar, Rohit Sharma, etc have to prove their mettle abroad.

We will be back with a preview of India vs South Africa 2018 series that includes test matches, ODI and T20 cricket. Enjoy live streaming and telecast of this series on SonyLiv and Sony Ten HD channels.

India vs New Zealand 2017 ODI T20 Live Streaming HotStar

India vs New Zealand ODI and T20 Preview

New Zealand, rare visitors to India are on a tour for three ODI and three T20 matches. Gathering their out of form factors they are here to make a mark against the in form Indian team. Kane Williamson has a lot to do with his team line up and settle it down to win some matches. Meanwhile Virat Kohli and the men in blue are on a roar with lot many wins to back up the confidence.

Watch India vs New Zealand Live Streaming on HotStar

India will play three ODI matches and three T20 matches against New Zealand at home. Live streaming would be available in India on HotStar. Cricket fans can enjoy live cricket telecast on Star Sports HD channels with live English and Hindi commentary.

Schedule

22 October, 1st ODI at Mumbai
25 October, 2nd ODI at Pune
29 October, 3rd ODI at Kanpur

1st November, 1st T20 at Delhi
4th November, 2nd T20 at Rajkot
7th November, 3rd T20 at Thiruvananthpuram

Build Up

New Zealand were at their prime form in the presence of Brendon McCullum. The team reached the finals of 2015 World Cup just to lose against Australia. Since then they haven't seen the prime again. Even in the last Champions Trophy, they were eliminated early. Having a rejigged squad for the tour to India haven't really solved their problems yet. The middle order is a real issue for the Kiwis. They have experimented a lot of players from position 5 to 7 but with least success. 

For India, things have been right on track since the loss to Pakistan in the Champions Trophy finals. A win in West Indies followed by Sri Lanka's successful tour and win over Australia at home. Team India has registered a lot of records under Virat Kohli. For India, the team line up concerns are not due to out of form players but due to strong in form players sitting on bench. Likes of Jadeja and Ashwin need to be sidelined to include Kuldeep Yadav or Axar Patel.

Trent Boult could be dangerous for the Indian top order. Similarly, Hardik Pandya could be a game changer for team India.

Prediction

While it isn't too hard to predict that India will have an upper hand in the ODI series, New Zealand will give a real tough fight in the T20 series. New Zealand haven't had a good time playing in India and hence the hosts might have an opportunity to register some comprehensive wins. But in T20 matches, India are yet to beat New Zealand. So that makes the overall scenario interesting.