India faces a daunting task in South Africa

India vs South Africa 2018 Cricket Series Preview

Indian team has been riding high on confidence under Kohli's captaincy. Indian team enjoys the coveted number one spot in the ICC Test Rankings. Since the time they captured the top slot, this could be their toughest tour. It has always been a dream for any team to register a test series win in countries like Australia and South Africa. And please note - none of the sub-continent teams have ever done this in the past. Will this strong Indian team under Virat Kohli be able to achieve this feat still remains the question. Having said so, this could be one of the best visiting teams to South Africa that posts a threat to the home side. This post provides a preview on India's tour to South Africa that involves all three formats of cricket.

India vs South Africa 2018 Live Cricket Streaming

Sony has bagged the official rights to broadcast India vs South Africa 2018 cricket series in India. Hence, cricket fans in India can enjoy live telecast of this series on Sony Ten 1 and Sony Ten 3 HD channels with live English and Hindi commentary respectively. Live cricket streaming of this series can be enjoyed on SonyLiv app.

Full Schedule


1st Test: Newlands, Cape Town, Jan 5-9, 2:00 PM

2nd Test: SuperSport Park, Centurion, Jan 13-17, 1:30 PM

3rd Test: The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, Jan 24-28, 1:30 PM

ODI matches:

1st ODI: Kingsmead, Durban, Feb 1, 4:30 PM

2nd ODI: SuperSport Park, Centurion, Feb 4, 1:30 PM

3rd ODI: Newlands, Cape Town, Feb 7, 4:30 PM

4th ODI: The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, Feb 10, 4:30 PM

5th ODI: St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth, Feb 13, 4:30 PM

6th ODI: SuperSport Park, Centurion, Feb 16, 4:30 PM

T20I matches:

1st T20I: The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, Feb 18, 6 PM

2nd T20I: SuperSport Park, Centurion, Feb 21, 9:30 PM

3rd T20I: Newlands, Cape Town 21:30, Feb 24, 9:30 PM

India's Chances:

This team under Virat has shown a great positive intent. Virat himself is a positive player with controlled aggression. His abilities reflect in the team's performance. With the likes of Cheteshwar Pujara, KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, etc in the test side he can form a resolute batting order. On the other hand, likes of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Dhoni, etc make his ODI and T20 side look really strong. Bowling had always been on the weaker side till the mid of last year. But since then likes of Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Shami, Bumrah, Ashwin, Jadeja, Chahal, etc have made the bowling side relatively strong.

Talking about India's chances of winning in South Africa, it is highly possible if they hold their heads high. South African pace battery would definitely give Indian batsmen some tough time. If the batsmen could hold their forts for atleast first 20 overs in the test matches, they are through to make big scores. The ball would swing  in the first hour and then it can provide relief to the batsmen. 

South African batsmen too are capable of facing best of the bowling attacks in the world. Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock, Dean Elgar, etc can destroy some really good bowling sides. So this would be a big test for the Indian bowlers too.

In all if we try to summarise the whole situation, if Indian team can believe in their worth and remember all the glorious moments they have achieved so far in last couple of years, they can have an upper hand. Probably a win in the earlier stages of the tour can put South Africa under pressure.

South Africa might start with favourites but this time in particular, Indian fans have bigger hopes from the Indian team that comprises of Dhoni's calm headed approach and Kohli's positive intent. Let's hope for some great competitive cricket in this series. Don't forget to tune into Sony Ten HD channels and SonyLiv app for live cricket telecast and streaming of this India's tour to South Africa.

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