For Team India, the year 2018 has begun with the arduous task – to face-off the second Test-ranked South Africa in the impending bilateral series which is starting at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town on January 5, as fans are eagerly waiting for the extravaganza which could also be entitled as SA vs IND, 2018.
The number one-ranked India while donning the whites will be eyeing to acclimatise the conditions as soon as possible – to set the horizon on their winning ways as they did back at home, however, which would face a stern test in the overseas conditions where batsmen have to shoulder more the responsibilities.
Come this January 5; it’s going to be the kick off of the massive series and both the top-notch sides are laced with quality cricketers – to deliver big for the respective teams.
As the preparations are at its peak, it would be interesting to see what Indian pace bowling department would be having in store after having a significant run in the home conditions across formats.
Moreover, having a look at the records, India has struggled in the past in South Africa, but this time around the balanced squad has a potential to cling to the chances to script the history.
India is yet to register a Test series win in South Africa. India has just registered two wins in 17 Tests as hosts bagged eight wins since the Test campaign started between two Test-playing nations which simultaneously culminated with seven drawn fixtures.
However, skipper Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri has also expressed the positive intent to deliver on the Proteas soil which further saw the players have had sweated it out in nets both with the bat and the ball.
With hosts not going to show any complacency while relishing the home conditions, the challenge would also test their batting line-up big time, as the surfaces have a lot on offer.
The little over gruelling two-month long South African tour would witness India participating in three-match Test series which will further see the six One-day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals.
The bilateral series will culminate with the third and final Twenty20 International at the Newlands Stadium in Cape Town on February 24 after Team India and management landed on Proteas soil on December 29, 2017.
Have a look at the detailed schedule between South Africa and India which includes the timings and venues we have compiled up below for you:
Here’s is the list of three Tests:
Venue: 1st Test (January 5-9) – Newlands Stadium in Cape Town; IST 2:00 PM
Venue: 2nd Test (January 13-17) – SuperSport Park in Centurion; IST 1:30 PM
Venue: 3rd Test (January 24-28) – Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg; IST 1:30 PM
Here’s the List of six ODIs:
Venue: Kingsmead in Durban, 1st ODI – February 1; IST 4:30 PM
Venue: SuperSport Park in Centurion, 2nd ODI – February 4; IST 4:30 PM
Venue: Newland Stadium in Cape Town, 3rd ODI – February 7; IST 4:30 PM
Venue: Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, 4th ODI – February 10; IST 4:30 PM
Venue: St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth, 5th ODI, February 13; IST 4:30 PM
Venue: SuperSport Park in Centurion, 6th ODI, February 16; IST: 4:30 PM
Here’s the list of Three T20Is:
Venue: Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, 1st T20I, February 18; IST 6:00 PM
Venue: SuperSport Park in Centurion, 2nd T20I, February 21; IST 9:30 PM
Venue: Newlands Stadium in Cape Town, 3rd T20I, February 24; IST 9:30 PM
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