India takes on South Africa in an ODI and T20 Series - Live on Sony Ten & Sony Liv

India vs South Africa 2018 ODI and T20 Series Preview

Two narrow losses in the test series followed by a consolatory victory in the third test - this means a lot to team India. Before the test series kicked off, this team was considered to be one of the most positive Indian team that would ever visit South Africa for a bilateral series. Irrespective of the 2-1 scoreline in the test series, they proved their mettle. Now its time for them to yet again prove how good they are and provide enough resistance to the resolute South African team. India would first play a six match ODI series followed by a T20 International series. This post will provide you details on the squads, live streaming telecast and schedule.

India vs South Africa Live Streaming 
Sony Ten 1 and 3 (including HD) will provide live telecast of India vs South Africa ODI and T20I matches in India with live Hindi and English commentary. You can watch live cricket streaming of this series on Sony Liv app.

ODI and T20 Schedule

1st Feb - 1st ODI at Durban
4th Feb - 2nd ODI at Centurion
7th Feb - 3rd ODI at Cape Town
10th Feb - 4th ODI at Johannesburg 
13th Feb - 5th ODI at Port Elizabeth
16th Feb - 6th ODI at Centurion
18th Feb - 1st T20 at Johannesburg
21st Feb - 2nd T20 at Centurion
24th Feb - 3rd T20 at Cape Town

Squads

India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur.

South Africa: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), JP Duminy, Chris Morris, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Tabraiz Shamsi, Khayelihle Zondo.

Overview

With about 14 months to go for the ICC 2019 World Cup, all the teams have geared up their preparations. A strong indication from one of the Indian selection committee member that Dhoni will play the next world cup has brought some cheer in the Indian camp. His presence brings a lot of calm in the Indian camp that is well directed by Kohli's aggression. 

Virat Kohli has been on a golden run so far as a captain. We wish he leads India to some remarkable overseas series wins. Actually the way teams prepare for World cups, overseas bilateral series (especially test matches) need equal efforts. This ODI and T20 team for India comes with a lot of experience and positive intent. 

Likes of Virat, Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Rahane, Dhoni, Bhuvaneshwar bring a lot of thought leadership that guides the youngsters pretty well. Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Chahal, Kuldeep are the future of Indian cricket.

On the other hand, South Africa would certainly be in a shock after the third test defeat but they take a lot of pride in beating the top ranked test team. Now they need to safeguard their top position in the ODI rankings. If they manage to win atleast three out of the six matches, India won't be able to achieve the coveted number one spot in ODI rankings. India and South Africa are separated by just one points in the ICC ODI rankings table. 

Overall, this promises to be another tough tussle between one of the two best cricket teams in the world. Enjoy every bit of this cricketing action on Sony Liv and Sony Ten.

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

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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.