Just five months ahead of the T20 Cricket World Cup, host nation India stands on the verge of a humiliating series sweep at the hands of South Africa in the short format — in front of impatient home fans who already disrupted the second match in the three-match T20 International series with a barrage of bottle-throwing as their heroes went down to a feeble defeat in the second game on Monday.
The India team has come under criticism for failing to alter its batting approach for the more aggressive 20-overs format, a tendency which does not bode well for the country’s performance in the World T20 which starts in India next March. But Captain M.S. Dhoni said, he has no plans to start changing things now.
“Our team, if you see, most of our batsmen play quite the same in T20 and 50-over format,” Dhoni said Monday after his team dropped the second T20 and as a result, the series. “That’s what their strength is. All of a sudden we can’t ask them to play the kind of game that is not their strength. I feel they have been doing well. Consistently we have been giving par scores to the bowlers. At times we have chased scores that are really big. Our strength is playing proper cricketing shots.”
But in that Friday match, India posted a pitiful score of only 92, their second-lowest ever, as they batted first. South African responded with a six wicket win, leaving 17 balls to spare.
J.P. Duminy led the Proteas with 30 runs not out in the second match, and, in fact, he has not been dismissed in either of the first two T20 matches.
To find out how to watch the third India vs. South Africa T20 cricket match live online, see the streaming options described below in this article. The match gets underway at 7 p.m. Indian Standard Time at the legendary Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India, on Thursday, October 8.
For viewers in the United States, the start time will be 9:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 6:30 a.m. Pacific.
India also needs to gain some momentum heading into the remainder of South Africa’s epic, 72-day tour. Following the concluding match of the T20 series on Wednesday, the two teams begin what is sure to be a grueling five-match One Day International series bright and early on Sunday morning. A series of four test matches comes on the heels of the ODI series until the tour wraps up in early December.
India-based website CricHD will stream the third India vs. South Africa T20 at this link, but fans who choose that option will have to put up with numerous advertisements that often cause slowdowns when viewing online. The best way to watch the third match of the India vs. South Africa cricket tour online in the United States is through Willow TV, which is available via this YouTube link with a monthly subscription fee, as well as on Willow TV’s own site, accessible by clicking here.
But there are legal ways to watch Willow TV for free. Certain promotional offers make it possible to watch the all-cricket network, including the India vs. South Africa T20 series, for a limited period of time, such as the offer at this link — or try the one-month free trial of Sling TV’s International Sports Package, which includes Willow. Information on that deal can be found at this link.
India network Star Sports streams the India vs. South Africa cricket third and final T20 at this link.
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