Fans can watch the India vs. South Africa cricket match live online and see if India can turn around its poor play and change its fortunes as part of the 10-week series.
India dropped the first T20 match of the series, but will have another chance on Monday when the teams meet at Cuttack. Start time is 7:30 p.m. local time (1:30 p.m. GMT).
India has struggled of late. After a run to the semifinals of the Cricket World Cup earlier this year, the team has fallen flat and lost four out of their last five overall. South Africa, meanwhile, has won our out of their last five including three wins in a row, and are looking to continue the tone with a win on Monday.
There will be other factors beyond just the teams and their momentum. The pitch itself could be a factor, as ESPNcricinfo noted.
“Bounce and carry is possibly a thing of the past as South Africa inch into the cauldron of spin that India will likely stir throughout the series. A slow pitch will not be the main concern for either team though. The pitch and square were under cover from the persistent rain on Saturday and the met office predicted more rain over the following 48 hours. All the tickets for the fixture have been sold out.”
The altitude could affect the match as well, Farhaan Behardien noted, with both the geographic location and the size of the pitch putting more demands on batters.
“We are not as high up from an altitude point so the ball won’t travel as far,” he said. “We may have to run a lot more ones and twos. From a bowler’s view we may need to protect certain pockets of the field because of the bigger dimensions. It is a lot warmer here so we will have to be smart with the way we manage our energy.”
Fans who watch the India vs. South Africa cricket match live online will see if India can do a better job exploiting South Africa’s soft points, something that Rohit Sharma said is a must if they want to win.
“We have to play to the South African weakness,” he said. “We know they are not so good against spinners. We have got some learning done against their batters.”
The match is a chance for both teams to prepare for next year’s World Twenty20 in India, and South Africa is trying some changes in AB de Villiers’ batting position, trying him out as an opener, Farhaan Behardien said on Sunday.
“The first six overs in a Twenty20 game when the ball comes on to the bat is crucial. If we can pounce on the Power Play, AB is that good a player that if he bats for 50 to 60 balls, he will end up with a hundred,” Behardien said at a news conference before the second T20I (via Hindustan Times).
“He was mentioning that he has been on tour to India about 25 times. We wanted to test it out before the World Cup next year in March and see how he goes. Let’s hope it proves fruitful for us.”
MS Dhoni*†, S Aravind, R Ashwin, STR Binny, S Dhawan, Harbhajan Singh, V Kohli, B Kumar, A Mishra, AR Patel, AM Rahane, SK Raina, AT Rayudu, MM Sharma, RG Sharma
South Africa Squad
F du Plessis*, KJ Abbott, HM Amla, F Behardien, Q de Kock†, M de Lange, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, E Leie, DA Miller, JA Morkel, CH Morris, K Rabada, K Zondo
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