Two of the bigger guns in the 2015 Cricket World Cup will battle it out on Sunday when defending champions India take on South Africa at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). So whether you’re a fan of India, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia or others, you don’t have to miss a minute of the remaining matches in the tournament with a 2 week Free Trial Offer to watch it live on your Mac, Xbox, Playstation, PC, Blu-ray Player or Smart TV, with other options for streaming to mobile devices.
2015 Cricket World Cup Preview
India enters the World Cup as the defending champions, but their recent play leading up to the tournament was disappointing. During the summer India suffered a test series loss against Australia, and followed that by finishing last in the Tri Series against both Australia and England. Now that the games count more than ever, India will be looking to return to the form that saw them win it all last time around.
On the other side South Africa enters as one of the in form teams leading up to the World Cup, with a crushing ODI series victory against the West Indies, highlighted by captain A.B. De Villiers scoring the fastest-ever ODI century. Boasting some of the best batsmen in the world, the Proteas have the talent and depth to notch their first-ever Cricket World Cup.
India and South Africa Live TV Times
India vs West Indies
When: Friday 6th March (5:30 pm Sydney Time)
Where: WACA, Perth
Live TV: Fox Sports 3 (Foxtel),
Pakistan vs. South Africa
When: Saturday 7th March (12:00 pm Sydney Time)
Where: Eden Park, Auckland NZ
Live TV: Fox Sports 3 (Foxtel)
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India are the defending trophy holders, and in spite of their poor performance in the Australian summer they are proven champs when it comes to this form of the game as they showed in the opening match against arch rivals Pakistan.
With the weight of one billion fans watching world wide, India kicked off their title defence with a 76 run victory against an overmatched Pakistan. The supremely talented Virat Kholi delivered a classy century with the bat to ensure a difficult total for Pakistan to chase, and was the well deserving Man of the Match.
India Players to Watch
ODI cricket is very much about putting runs on the board, and the best person to do that for India is Virat Kholi, who is one of the premier batsmen in the game, with a very traditional and clinical style of stroke play. He is being hailed as the next Sachin Tendulkar and is heading in the right direction.
Ravichandran Ashwin is one of the best spinners in the world and he caused real problems for Australia and England during the Summer. Ranked as the second best Test all-rounder in the world, he brought his best against Pakistan, producing some excellent drift and spin on a flat wicket, which is nearly impossible to defence.
South Africa Proteas Preview
South Africa are probably the best team to have never won the Cricket World Cup, having gone close on many occasions. Experts believe that this group of players can provide the country with their first title, and it’s hard to argue that given how good they looked during a recent series win over the West Indies.
The Proteas kicked off their campaign with 62 run win over Zimbabwe, though they looked in serious trouble early at 4-83, but brilliant tons from David Miller and JP Duminy saved South Africa from a disappoint start.
Proteas Players to Watch
AB De Villiers is regarded as the best batsman in the world and it’s very hard to argue with that given he recently scored the fastest 100 in ODI history, taking just 31 deliveries to blast triple figures. He scores runs, simple as that, especially in the World Cup. In the 2011 World Cup, he scored 353 runs at an incredible average of 88.25 and became just the fifth batsman in World Cup history to score consecutive centuries.
He will be supported by one of the most powerful quick bowlers in the world, Dale Steyn. He can get very fired up on the pitch, but he can back it up with unbelievable speed and swing. His highlight performance of his World Cup career was in 2011 against India where he took 5-55 and won the game for the Proteas.
India Will Win If…
India will need to shut down the top six batsmen for South Africa, largely De Villiers and Duminy. De Villiers is a blaster who is in red hot form, while Duminy is a frustrating player to get out because he gives very little away, then when settled, he can score runs quickly and impressively.
South Africa Will Win If…
South Africa will look to stop the influence of Ravichandran Ashwin. Australia saw what a big influence he can be for India on any wicket with his drift and spin, which caused serious headaches for the likes of David Warner and Shane Watson. As such, De Villiers, Amla and Duminy will need to be on their game in order to post a total if they bat first.