After the India cricket team handed South Africa a comprehensive, 108-run defeat, needing just three days to do it in the first Test, fans can watch live online as the four-Test series now shifts to Bangalore. India will try to take the momentum from that victory over the world’s top-ranked Test side onto a pitch that may not offer quite as much to the spin bowlers who form the very backbone of India’s attack.
The pitch in Mohali, site of the first Test, was the subject of controversy for what appeared to be its extreme hospitality to the spinners’ side of the game, with India’s spinners claiming 19 of the 20 wickets to fall on the way to the India triumph.
Watch highlights of the final day of the first 2015 Test between India and South Africa in the video on this page, above.
South Africa, which relies on the power and pace of bowlers such as Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander, and Morne Morkel, found themselves at a considerable disadvantage — or so it seemed.
“It has been blown absolutely out of proportion. If you look at batting scorecards, both teams struggled on the pitch and looked foolish at times playing spin,” said top South Africa batsman A.B. de Villiers. “We came out on the losing side having not played to our full potential in a couple of sessions. We could have batted better in the first innings, but we didn’t, and somewhere along the line in India’s second innings, we let slip 50-100 runs with the ball.”
The consensus pick for the current best cricketer in the world, de Villiers will be playing in his 100th Test when play opens between India and South Africa on Saturday morning.
“It’s a very nice milestone that I have seen celebrated a lot in the past. My parents are coming down. It’s a very personal thing, though,” the always-humble de Villiers told ESPN CricInfo. “Never in my wildest dreams I thought I could play 100 Test matches, but I don’t give a damn about 100 Test matches, 200 Test matches, 500 Test matches. I just want to win the game.”
To find out how to watch the second India vs. South Africa Test cricket match live online, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. Play on Day One is scheduled to get underway at 9:30 a.m. India Standard Time at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, India, on Saturday morning, November 14. For United States viewers, that start time comes on the evening of Friday, November 13, at 11 p.m. Eastern Time, 8 p.m. Pacific.
Even with a pitch that may be at least somewhat more welcoming to pace, South Africa are still looking at some serious problems in the second Test, with their two top fast bowlers — Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander — ruled out with injuries. Steyn pulled a groin muscle during the first Test, while Philander reportedly tore ligaments in his ankle during a Thursday nets session.
India are expected to go with only a single fast bowler in their attack, rangy 27-year-old Ishant Sharma.
Another problem facing South Africa in the second Test is the weather. Record rainfall is predicted for November in Bangalore. Rain delays are expected on at least four of the five scheduled days of the Test match, depriving South Africa of the time it may need to get their batting back on track.
India-based website CricHD will stream the second India vs. South Africa 2015 Test match at this link, but fans who choose that option will have to put up with quite a few pop-up advertisements that are known to cause slowdowns when viewing online. The best way to watch the first Test 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 Test series, for a limited period of time, such as the offer at this link. Fans can also 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 first Test match at this link.
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