India tasted success in Sri Lanka and then we had a long break from International cricket. The wait was worthwhile since we now have two of the strongest teams in cricket competing with each other in T20, ODI and Test matches bilateral Paytm Freedom Series. The excitement begins with Paytm T20 trophy where India will play three T20 International matches against South Africa. The 1st T20 match will be played at Dharamsala on 2nd of October 2015. Watch the cricket live streaming and telecast on Star Sports HD network and HotStar live cricket mobile app. Enjoy the telecast with live Hindi and English commentary.
South African team batted well in the warm up game against India A. They posted a huge total of 189. India A bowling looked weak in front of the strong South African batsmen. But to everyone's surprise, Mayank Agarwal hammered 49 balls 87 runs and played a match winning partnership with Manan Vohra to take India A home.
Rohit Sharma, the captain of Mumbai Indians who is also a part of the Indian squad had to say that he was glad to see a good performance from the India A team. But there isn't too much to bank on this. South Africa as a team is really strong both at home and away. They might have had one bad day in the outing. So he believes the Indian team needs to be very focused against them. He also pointed out that the IPL experience will help the Indian team a lot when they play the Paytm T20 trophy.
With the ICC T20 World Cup 2016 not so far, teams have got into a knack of preparing hard. This T20 series will help South Africa study the Indian conditions well as the ICC event is going to be held in India. Hopefully after the conclusion of this series either of these two teams will move up in the ICC T20I rankings. India is currently placed at fourth position while South Africa is on sixth.
The first T20 International will be played at Dharamsala. This beautiful stadium has hosted only two ODI matches so far. In a low scoring match, India lost to England. In the second ODI, India posted a big total to win against West Indies. This has been a regular venue in the IPL now. The venue has also served a few enthralling IPL matches. So let us hope the India vs South Africa cricket series kicks off with a great match on 2nd October. Stay tuned with us as we will be soon back with previews and reviews of 2nd and 3rd India vs South Africa T20 matches.