India cricket fans will definitely want to watch live online as the Men in Blue face South Africa with their backs against the wall in the Fourth One Day International of the five-ODO series between the two cricket giants. India desperately needs a win to preserve any chance of winning the high-profile series, after South Africa put the brakes on valiant run chases by India batsmen in Games One and Three, sandwiched around India's only victory of the South Africa tour — going back to the pair of T20 matches that preceded the ODI set.
A third India vs. South Africa T20 International was washed out by rain.
But after South Africa held on to defend a total of 270 in the Third ODI, winning by 18 runs after the full 50 overs, the Proteas' chances of nailing down the series took a blow — actually a pair of blows — when two of the key South Africa players were either ruled out or uncertain for the Fourth and Fifth ODI matches with injuries.
Pace bowler Morne Morkel was one of the heroes in the Third ODI for South Africa, taking four India wickets of the six to fall, while surrendering just 39 runs in his full 10 overs. With India at 206 for three entering the 44th over, Morkel dismissed Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, leaving India and 216 for six with their hopes of reaching 271 all but shattered.
But after the match, the 31-year-old Morkel revealed that he was battling a leg injury and was uncertain that he would be ready for the Fourth ODI on Thursday.
"I'm a little bit concerned about it, but I think we've got a quality medical team that will help me over the next two days," Morkel said following the conclusion of Sunday's match. "I pulled up in the fourth ball of my sixth over a little bit. But let's see. I'm not confident I'll be ready for the next game. It's just a matter now of the next 24 hours."To find out how to watch the Fourth India vs. South Africa One Day International cricket match live online, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. Start time for the afternoon ODI match is set for 1:30 p.m. India Standard Time at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, India, on Thursday, October 22.
Viewers in the United States can click on to the live stream at 4 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 1 a.m. Pacific.
While Morkel is uncertain for the Fourth ODI, all-rounder J.P. Duminy has been ruled out of both the Fourth game and the series-concluding Fifth ODI as well. Duminy suffered a cut to his hand while trying to field a ball during one of his bowling spells. Though he is out of the ODI series, the 31-year-old Duminy is expected to be available in time for the First Test, which opens on November 5.
The India side faces a number of concerns as well, perhaps the most troubling involving 32-year-old leg spinner Amit Mishra, who has been called in for questioning by police to answer charges of domestic violence.
India-based website CricHD will stream the fourth India vs. South Africa ODI 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 first 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 ODI 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 Fourth ODI at this link.
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