South Africa has been equally a case of history and mystery, whenever India have toured the Rainbow Nation. History was created when India played the first-ever Test in 1992 in that country after decades of isolation due to apartheid. It was repeated in a different way when, in 2011, Sachin Tendulkar scored what eventually was his last Test century. The mystery was that of Pravin Amre, who scored an elusive century on debut for India at Durban in 1992, but was eventually dumped from the Indian team by 1994, in spite of returning an average of over 42. The other mystery is the absence of Kingsmead, Durban, from the Test itinerary. With a large population of Indian origin, Durban would surely have been a big-ticket Test. But South Africa have won only four of nine Tests played there so that one can be explained. (Live Scorecard)
They will Test India’s class and character on the harder tracks of Cape Town, Centurion and Johannesburg. The Newlands pitch at Cape Town, however, could well be a blessing in disguise for India. While it will be alien from anything they have played on for the last year or so, at least the lack of water, as has been reported in the media, has led to a little less irrigation of the square, and may well provide Virat Kohli and his boys with conditions closest to home. It will, however, as always, depend on the team’s ability to take 20 wickets that will decide any match.
When and Where to watch: India (IND) vs South Africa (SA)
(IND) Vs (SA) is scheduled for a 2 pm IST (08:30 AM GMT) start. Live Streaming and TV information for the match can be found below.
India: TV: Ten 1, Sony Ten 1 HD and Sony Ten 3, Sony Ten 3 HD
International: Live Streaming: Cricketgateway.
South Africa: TV: SuperSport Two. Live Streaming: SuperSport Live Video.
UK: TV: Sky Sports 2. Live Streaming: Watch Sky Sports.
USA: TV: Willow TV. Live Streaming: Willow TV Online.
Middle East: TV: OSN Sports Cricket HD. Live Streaming: OSN Play.