How to watch India vs South Africa: Live stream the T20s and Test matches

After winning every completed game against West Indies in the Caribbean recently, India now plays the higher-ranked South Africa, who are aiming to start with a clean sheet after a disastrous ODI World Cup in England.

By all accounts, this should be a more competitive series because South Africa are a much stronger team – at least on paper. India is ranked third in ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings, ahead of the Proteas who are ranked fourth. Meanwhile, India is the best Test team in Men’s Test Team Rankings, ahead of South Africa who is third.

South Africa’s biggest challenge is perhaps adapting to the conditions in the Indian sub-continent where foreign teams often take a while to get used to the pitches and conditions. The Proteas are also are fielding a relatively inexperienced squad compared to India. AB de Villiers, Faff du Plessis, Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn – veterans who made the team a force to reckon with in years past – are not part of the T20 International squad.

Instead, opening batsman and wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock is promoted to captain for the T20 Internationals. The team have yet to announce their Test match squad. After the three T20 Internationals, South Africa will play a three-day non-televised warm-up game against Indian Board President’s XI from 26-28 September to get acclimatised to the conditions before the first test begins on 2 October.

In contrast, India boasts of one of the strongest batting line-ups in the world. Their captain Virat Kohli is one of the very few batsmen who averages over 60 Tests and over 50 in T20 Internationals and one-day internationals. Strike bowler Jasprit Bumrah has been rested for the T20 Internationals so he can be at his lethal best for the Test matches.

The Test series will also see the return of specialist batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, who is ranked among the premier Test batsmen in world cricket with Kohli, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane and in-form batsman, Shubman Gill. Rohit Sharma has also been recalled to the Test team after his success in the shorter format of the game.

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India vs South Africa: T20 Internationals Schedule

All games start at 2:30pm BST

  • First T20: 15 September at Dharamsala – Washed out
  • Second T20: 18 September at Chandigarh – India won by 7 wickets
  • Third T20: 22 September at Bangalore

India T20 Internationals squad: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (WK), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini

South Africa T20 Internationals squad: Quinton de Kock (c & wk), Rassie van der Dussen (vc), Temba Bavuma, Junior Dala, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, George Linde.


India vs South Africa: Test match Schedule

Play starts at 5am BST

  • First Test: 2 October at Visakhapatnam
  • Second Test: 10 October at Pune
  • Third Test: 19 October at Ranchi

India squad for the three Tests: Virat Kohli (c), Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vc), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma

South Africa squad for the three Tests: Yet to be announced


How to watch India vs South Africa in the UK: Star Gold

Unlike India’s earlier series against the West Indies, which was on Sky Sports and often clashed with the ongoing Ashes series, all six matches between India and South Africa (three T20 Internationals and three Tests will be broadcast on Star Gold in the UK. The channel is free if you have Sky TV as part of your package and you can stream the games live on Sky Go on your PC, mobile and tablet.

Alternatively, you can stream the games live on any of your devices by subscribing to Hotstar UK. The service costs £12 a month or £60 a year. Apart from live international cricket matches, the service also broadcasts exclusive TV shows and Bollywood movies mainly catering to the Indian diaspora living in the UK.

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How to watch India vs South Africa in India: Hotstar

Star Sports has the broadcast rights to the entire series, which means you can watch the games live on that channel in India. The channel comes with most TV packages. Alternatively, if you want to watch the games online, then you can stream it using Hotstar, which provides media and video streaming and is available on the web, Android, iOS, FireTV and Apple TV.

Hotstar is free to watch but has a Premium tier that gives you access to more international content and live international sports tournaments, including the current India vs SA series. The Premium tier costs ₹199 per month or ₹999 per year.

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How to watch India vs South Africa in the US: ESPN+

ESPN+ is broadcasting all six games of South Africa’s tour of India 2019. The popular subscription-based channel lets you stream live sports on any of your devices, including Smart TVs, PCs, laptops, mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and even gaming consoles.

It costs $4.99 a month and you can cancel at any time. The T20 Internationals start at 9:20am Eastern Time, while the Test matches start at 11:50pm ET in the US. Apart from India vs South Africa, the service is currently streaming the ongoing MLB and MLS series, UFC fight nights and Serie A football featuring Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus team.

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How to watch India vs South anywhere in the world

If you’re away from your country, for whatever reason, then the best way to watch India vs South Africa on Sky TV, Hotstar India or ESPN+ is to use a good VPN service. We don’t only recommend using one for streaming content that’s geo-blocked in your country. In fact, we think that everyone should use a good VPN service to guarantee their anonymity every time they go online. It’s an absolute must-have, especially if you travel a lot because public Wi-Fi networks are more vulnerable to hacks and attacks.

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