Originally considered co-favorites to win the 2017 ICC Champions Group B and easily advance to the semifinals of the prestigious international cricket tournament, both India and South Africa are now staring elimination in the face as they square off on Sunday. The two teams face off in a 50-overs match that will live stream from London — a match that has effectively become a quarterfinal in the tournament, with the winner advancing and the loser knocked out of the competition.
The final two days of what started as a sluggish, weather-battered Champions Trophy tournament have seen the event come to life, as both the India vs. South Africa match on Sunday and Monday's Sri Lanka vs. Pakistan showdown are now win-or-go-home games — a scenario set up by a pair of stunning upsets as Pakistan upended South Africa last week and Sri Lanka followed up with a shocking defeat of India.
South Africa captain and all-time batting great A.B. de Villiers has been a flop with the bat in this edition of the Champions Trophy, going out for the first-ever Golden Duck of his lengthy ODI career in the loss to Pakistan, and scoring only four in his previous outing against Sri Lanka. But the much-decorated 33-year-old superstar says he is not concerned about his performance so far.
"I'm still in good form, still hitting the ball well. It's just a matter of going out and doing it," de Villiers said on Saturday. "There's nothing I can say here that's going to change anything, except that I still believe I can and hopefully I'll prove that."
To find out how to watch the do-or-die India vs. South Africa ICC 2017 Champions Trophy ODI cricket match, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. Start time for the match is set for 10:30 a.m. British Summer Time at Kia Oval Cricket Ground in London, England, on Sunday, June 11. In South Africa, the start time will be 11:30 a.m. South Africa Standard Time, while in India, that start time will be 3 p.m. India Standard Time.
Cricket fans in the United States can catch the live stream early in the morning on Sunday, starting at 5:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 2:30 a.m. Pacific.
Watch a preview of the India vs. South Africa match, courtesy of CricBuzz, in the video below.
India captain Virat Kohli believes that his team's key to victory will be the players' ability to treat the match as they would any other game, ignoring the high stakes which would appear to make the showdown with South Africa the most important game of Kohli's ODI captaincy.
"A lot of times, teams come in and they want to do something special and end up messing up the game in important situations. The team that can have most composure, I would say, to sum it up, will have a better chance of winning the game tomorrow," the Idea skipper said on Saturday. "You tend to get overexcited, and then you commit errors that can cost the team important runs, or you fail to grab all the chances because you're overexcited and that can cost the team as well. I think composure will be the biggest word for tomorrow."
Here are the expected teams for Sunday's Champions Trophy eliminator.
India: 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli (captain), 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 MS Dhoni (wicketkeeper), 6 Kedar Jadhav, 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Umesh Yadav/R Ashwin, 11 Jasprit Bumrah.
South Africa: 1 Hashim Amla, 2 Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), 3 Faf du Plessis, 4 AB de Villiers (captain), 5 David Miller, 6 JP Duminy, 7 Chris Morris, 8 Wayne Parnell/Andile Phehlukwayo 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Morne Morkel, 11 Imran Tahir.
Can India put their shocking defeat to Sri Lanka in the rear-view mirror and return to the dominance they displayed in their opening defeat of Pakistan, earning themselves a place in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy semifinals? Or will the world's top-ranked ODI side, South Africa, be able to overcome their own upset loss to Pakistan and eliminate Group B favorites India from the tournament?
To find out, watch a live stream of the India vs. South Africa 2017 ICC Champions Trophy Match Eight from the 24,500-seat Kia Oval cricket ground in Kennington, London, England, on Sunday, using one of the following live stream options.
In India, Hotstar Sports will live stream the India vs. Sri Lanka Champions Trophy showdown at this link, offering both a simultaneous live stream for subscribers as well as a free live stream option available with a five-minute time delay.
Cricket fans in South Africa can watch a live stream of the match via SuperSport, which will require a subscription and can be accessed by clicking on this link.
In the United States, the best way to watch a live stream as the India Men In Blue face the Proteas of South Africa 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 to live stream the match in the United States for free, the best legal method is to use the week-long free trial of Sling TV's International Sports Package, which includes Willow TV and the India vs. South Africa 2017 ICC Champions Trophy cricket Match 11 on Sunday. Information on how to sign up for the free and legal Sling TV offer can be found by clicking on this link.
In the United Kingdom, a live stream of the India vs. Sri Lanka cricket match will be available to Sky Sports subscribers using the Sky Go streaming service, which can be accessed at this link.
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