Wednesday, January 31, 2018

India vs South Africa 2018 ODI and T20 Series - Time for the Shorter Formats

India vs South Africa 2018 ODI T20 Series

After facing losses in the first two test matches, India managed to turn tables on South Africa and snatch a win in the third test match. This rejuvenated Indian team would look to reverse poor bilateral record in South Africa by clinching ODI and T20 series. Although beating South Africa in South Africa, in any form of cricket is almost impossible; still the shorter formats of the game come with a lot of uncertainties. On one hand South Africa have a strong team and home support, India have equally good team with a lot of positive intent.

Watch India vs South Africa ODI and T20 Matches Live
The bilateral series between India and South Africa will be live telecast on Sony Ten 1 and 3 HD channels in India. At the same time, cricket fans can enjoy live cricket streaming on the go using Sony Liv app.

India vs South Africa 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

Head to Head

India have had a tough time facing South Africa in their own backyard. In 28 ODI matches played in South Africa, India could win just five. This poor run doesn't provide any encouragement to Kohli and his men who are trying to improve team's record overseas. But a series win especially in countries like South Africa or Australia have proven to be really fruitful for teams for their future performances. Such teams have seen a surge in confidence with a golden run to continue.


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.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

India vs South Africa 2018 Test Series - A Test of Champions

India vs South Africa 2018 Test Series Preview

Sony Pictures Sports Network has come up with a TV advertisement which portrays Indian fans heavily disappointed and yearning for revenge. This ad revolves around a fact that India has never won a test series against South Africa since their first tour in 1992. While the advertisement went little too extreme and hard to digest that Indian fans would never be this disappointed that they would break television sets or shave off their moustaches following a loss against South Africa. This could certainly be a possibility if the loss came against Pakistan. But again, it rightly portrays the fact of win-less streak in South Africa.

Away test series wins, especially if they come in South Africa, Australia or England are always great. India as well as the other sub-continent teams are still longing for a series win in Australia and South Africa. Cricket fans here in India do have a lot of expectations from the Kohli's XI. This team is full of positive intent and they play fearless cricket. Kohli's intentions were pretty clear right from the time he had to take over the captaincy from Dhoni mid of the Australian tour.

India vs South Africa 2018 Test Live Streaming

After losing IPL bid, Sony has strengthen it's positioning to broadcast International matches. Cricket fans in India would be able to watch live cricket streaming and telecast of India vs South Africa series on SonyLiv, Sony Ten 1 and Ten 3 HD channels. The live telecast would be available with English and Hindi commentary.

Test Series Schedule

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

Squad Details

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

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

What should be India's game plan against South Africa?

After toppling all the teams on your way to the apex of ICC Test Rankings comes a lot of responsibilities. Teams could crumble under pressure to maintain the top spot. Virat Kohli and his men have seen many such situations where they have stood tall. Facing South Africa in their own backyard isn't easy. We all know how best of the teams have failed against their quickies and resolute batsmen.

Good part about the Indian batting line up, most of them are in good form. With Kookaburra ball, South Africa pacers would look dangerous especially in the first 20 odd overs. This means the opening pair needs to be mentally prepared to play out the first hour and half confidently. If they manage to stick to the crease for half of the first session, things would be relatively easier. Hence, Murali Vijay and the second opener (that can be Shikhar Dhawan or KL Rahul) will have to hang out there and at the same time keep scoring runs to put the likes of Dale Steyn, Philander and Rabada under pressure.

One down comes Pujara who would add a lot of strength to the batting line up. Just like Hashim Amla, he will hang on at one side scoring runs on loose balls. Having said so, his partner at the other end may have to be a bit aggressive to keep the scoreboard ticking. Since the late 90s we have seen how Australian team has changed the face of test cricket with aggressive batting. Post that, teams scoring at a rate of 3.5 plus have generally dominated the game. Virat Kohli and Ajikya Rahane would play a vital for in this aspect. The think tank may go ahead with Rohit Sharma (considering he is in a golden touch right now) instead of Hardik Pandya to strengthen the batting line up.

As far as including a spinner is concerned, the selection would revolve around the pitch predictions. If the pitch suggests, the team may go ahead with just one spinner and that could be R Ashwin considering he can extract more bounce from the wicket. His solid batting also is an add on to the team.

Talking about the pace attack from India, it looks full of variety. Umesh Yadav comes with pace and bounce, Shami's ball skids and can create uncertainty in the minds of batsmen, Ishant Sharma will maintain his bouncy line outside off whereas Bhuvaneshwar and Bumrah can create havoc with their swinging deliveries.

Having said so, with the history behind them and favourable home conditions; South Africa have an upper hand. It would take something really special from the Indian team to clinch a test series in South Africa. And trust me, if that happens; that would be one of the greatest series wins ever in the history of Indian test cricket.

Stay tuned with Sony Ten TV channels and SonyLiv for live cricket telecast and streaming of India's tour to South Africa.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Watch India vs Sri Lanka 2017 Live Streaming on HotStar

India vs Sri Lanka 2017 Cricket Series Preview

The long lasting cricket affair between these two nations continue. Sri Lanka takes on India in yet another bilateral series. This would include test matches, ODI and T20 Internationals. This series would further help Virat Kohli and his men to gain some more confidence before they face South Africa in South Africa. 

Well, although we are bit tired of bilateral series between India and Sri Lanka, let us all not forget Sri Lanka is playing a test series in India after 9 long years! Now that brings some excitement. And Sri Lanka would certainly not feel comfortable after seeing the likes of England, South Africa and Australia losing test series here in the recent past.

India vs Sri Lanka Live Streaming

Live streaming of India vs Sri Lanka 2017 test, ODI and T20 series will be available on HotStar. Enjoy live telecast on TV with live Hindi and English commentary.

Full Schedule

16 to 20 November 2017 - 1st Test at Kolkata
24 to 28 November 2017 - 2nd Test at Nagpur
2 to 6 December 2017 - 3rd Test at Delhi
10 December 2017 - 1st ODI at Dharamsala
13 December 2017 - 2nd ODI at Mohali
17 December 2017 - 3rd ODI at Vishakhapatnam
20 December 2017 - 1st T20 at Cuttack
22 December 2017 - 2nd T20 at Indore
24 December 2017 - 3rd T20 at Wankhede

Not so far in the past at home, Sri Lanka had to suffer a 3-0 loss against India. But they can take some inspiration from their efforts against Pakistan in UAE. While Sri Lanka still languishes and struggles to regain its lost glory, India under Virat Kohli is creating records one after the other.

India would try to continue its unbeaten streak against Sri Lanka at home. Kohli would also eye yet another test series victory at home before heading to South Africa with a more confident team. 

As far as the limited overs cricket is concerned, Sri Lanka may try their luck harder. Test series could be purely dominated by the hosts but ODI and T20 cricket still leaves a scope of uncertainties.

Let's see if this series turns out to be yet another one sided affair for India, or will Sri Lanka provide some resistance. Stay tuned with HotStar for live cricket match streaming and videos.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Watch India vs New Zealand 2017 Cricket Series Live Streaming HotStar

India vs New Zealand 2017 Series Preview

Kiwis visiting India isn't a regular sight. We often see Australia or Sri Lanka visiting India every second year. But watching matches between India and New Zealand is a sight as rare as an India vs Pakistan encounter these days. Having said so, here we have a bilateral cricket series between India and New Zealand. These teams will lock horns for three ODIs and three T20 matches.

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HotStar will bring to you live cricket streaming of ODI and T20 matches between India and New Zealand. Enjoy live telecast on Star Sports HD and Select HD channels with live Hindi and English commentary.


1st ODI at Mumbai - 22 October 2017
2nd ODI at Pune - 25 October 2017
3rd ODI at Kanpur - 29 October 2017

1st T20 at Delhi - 1 November 2017
2nd T20 at Rajkot - 4 November 2017
3rd T20 at Thiruvananthpuram - 7 November 2017

Head to Head

India and New Zealand have had close encounters head to head. We often believe the likes of Australia or South Africa have been a tough competition for India. But when it comes to limited overs cricket, New Zealand have given some real tough time to India. 

Out of the 98 ODI matches played between these two teams, India has won 49 and New Zealand has won 43. Close enough! 

Surprisingly, New Zealand has never faced a defeat against India in a T20 International match. They have won all the five T20 matches played against India.


Virat Kohli and his men are on a march to victories. They registered a comprehensive ODI series win over Australia recently. Series win over New Zealand would be another feather in Virat's hat. Meanwhile New Zealand would love to make a mark with this tour. 

If we compare the recent form, India are doing way better than the visitors. Having said so, Kane Williamson has made his intentions clear. He and his men would play aggressively to put some pressure on the inform Indian team.

If we talk about prediction, it highly seems the results would be in favour of India. But the hosts may find it hard to clean sweep the series, especially the T20 International matches.

Monday, September 11, 2017

India vs Australia 2017 ODI and T20 Series Live Streaming

Preview - India vs Australia 2017 ODI and T20 Cricket Matches

Those who have been religiously following cricket since 90s, they would know how India vs Australia cricket ties shaped up with Border Gavaskar trophy, how India became final frontier for Steve Waugh, how Laxman-Dravid led India to an inspirational test win and how rivalry between India and Australian cricket team reached to its apex. If you are looking for a complete cricketing package with some heated words exchanged, beautiful cover drives, innovative shots that land the ball into the stands, exceptional fielding and outstanding bowling; then you need to watch India vs Australia cricket matches. Time for the same - Australia tours to India for five ODI and three T20 matches. Know everything about the series with this post.

Live Streaming of India vs Australia ODI and T20 matches
India vs Australia 2017 cricket series live streaming is available on HotStar and Star Sports HD channels. Live telecast will be available with Hindi and English commentary.

ODI and T20 schedule

Australian team will play a practice match against India's Board President's XI on 12th September. This will be followed by the ODI and T20 series. The schedule is mentioned below:

17 September 2017 - 1st ODI at Chennai
21 September 2017 - 2nd ODI at Kolkata
24 September 2017 - 3rd ODI at Indore
28 September 2017 - 4th ODI at Bengaluru
1st October 2017 - 5th ODI at Nagpur
7th October 2017 - 1st T20 at Ranchi
10th October 2017 - 2nd T20 at Guwahati
13th October 2017 - 3rd T20 at Hyderabad

Eager Fans

Fans are absolutely eager for this cricket series. Being played around the Indian festivals, fans love to watch cricketing crackers in the form of sixes and tumbling wickets. Who doesn't like to watch a tussle between two of the world's best batsmen Kohli and Smith. The series also brings the best out of the likes of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Warner, Finch and many more to name. 

Smith's strategy

After a not so good tour to Bangladesh, we can expect cautious approach from the Australian side. They were defeated by Bangladesh in the first test followed by a win to level the series. Smith has clearly stated that they can taste success to a great extent if they can keep Kohli silent. But that isn't going to be easy, especially when Kohli's bat smiles against the Kangaroo bowlers. 

Kohli at the front foot

Kohli and men are high at confidence. They won nine straight matches against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka which is one of the best performances for any touring teams. Virat Kohli and the whole team would love to dominate over the Aussies right from the word go. If Indian bowlers can contain the Australian aggression in batting, that would be like half battle won. As far as Indian batting line up is concerned, its currently the best in the world.

In the end, whoever wins, fans would surely be served with some great quality cricket. So sit back and relax, India vs Australia cricket series.