After finishing off 2017 on a high, Team India are currently facing their first big test under the captaincy of Virat Kohli as they take on South Africa tour in the first Test of the three-match series which started at 2.00 PM IST (RECENT SCORE IND vs RSA). The Indian team are scheduled to play three Tests, six ODIs and three T20Is on the Proteas soil in their two-month long tour. Ranked number one in the ICC Test rankings, Kohli-led Indian team have registered nine series victories on the trot, beating notable teams such as New Zealand, England, Australia, Sri Lanka and West Indies in the last couple of years. (LIVE CRICKET SCORE ONLINE)
The first match of the Series will be played on January 5 in Newlands, Cape Town. Ahead of Test series, captains of the team Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis posed with the coveted trophy for the series named the Freedom Series.
Before the start of the enthralling series, we present you the complete schedule, a list of facts, venues, predictions, pitch conditions and everything you need to know.
Complete Cricket Match Schedule India vs South Africa 2018: Full Fixture
Full Schedule - India vs South Africa Three-match Test series
|Jan 5 - Jan 9||1st Test, India vs South Africa||14:00 IST||Newlands, Cape Town|
|Jan 13 - Jan 17||2nd Test, India vs South Africa||13:30 IST||SuperSport Park, Centurion|
|Jan 24 - Jan 28||3rd Test, India vs South Africa||13:30 IST||New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg|
Full Schedule - India vs South Africa ODI Series
|Feb 1||1st ODI, India vs South Africa||16:30 IST||Kingsmead, Durban|
|Feb 4||2nd ODI, India vs South Africa||13:30 IST||SuperSport Park, Centurion|
|Feb 7||3rd ODI, India vs South Africa||16:30 IST||Newlands, Cape Town|
|Feb 10||4th ODI, India vs South Africa||16:30 IST||New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg|
|Feb 13||5th ODI, India vs South Africa||16:30 IST||St George's Park, Port Elizabeth|
|Feb 16||6th ODI, India vs South Africa||16:30 IST||SuperSport Park, Centurion|
Full Schedule - India vs South Africa T20 Series
|Feb 18||1st T20I, India vs South Africa||18:00 IST||New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg|
|Feb 21||2nd T20I, India vs South Africa||21:30 IST||SuperSport Park, Centurion|
|Feb 24||3rd T20I, India vs South Africa||21:30 IST||Newlands, Cape Town|
Venues in South Africa and Pitch Conditions
Newlands, Cape Town
Established in 1888, Newlands offers the bowlers a bouncy wicket and assist spinners to a major extent. The picturesque stadium, which has a capacity of 25,000, is in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town at the foot of Table Mountain.
Newlands will host three matches across all formats during the lengthy India-South Africa series. However, the pitch might not be up to the expectations as the port city is hit by the worst draught recently. According to a report, people have been asked not to use more than 87 litres of water each per day.
SuperSport Park, Centurion
SuperSport Park, formerly known as Centurion Park, is located in Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa. The stadium has a spectator capacity of 22,000 and well connected with the road from the West Avenue squatter camp.
During the India-South Africa series, the SuperSport Park will host a Test, two ODIs and a T20I. The wicket here is one of the quickest pitches in South Africa. The batsmen always get an advantage on this pitch, with the ball generally coming onto the bat. Spinners have struggled to get wickets on this pitch.
New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
New Wanderers Stadium a.k.a. The Bidvest Wanderers Stadium is situated in Illovo, Johannesburg, South Africa and is known for its intimidating atmosphere for the visiting teams. With a capacity of 34,000, New Wanderers Stadium has been a hub of Johannesburg's sporting aspirants for more than 74 years.
The stadium will host three matches across all formats during India tour of South Africa. Having hosted 40 international matches, the turf has seen team batting second winning the match on 23 occasions.
Kingsmead, which is famously known for hosting Boxing Day Test in South Africa, is a cricket stadium located in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. The sitting capacity of the stadium is 25,000, however, the grass terracing contributes into the viewing area.
The stadium is slated to host the opening match of the six-match ODI series between India and South Africa. The match will start at 16:30 IST with toss scheduled for 16:00 IST.
St George's Park, Port Elizabeth
The St George's Park Cricket Ground a.k.a. St George's Park is the cricket stadium that witnessed South Africa beat India by six wickets in its first ODI in December 1992.
Situated within the sight of the ocean, the attractive stadium will host the fifth ODI between India and South Africa. For the pitch here, many cricket pundits have said it favours the spin bowlers and is a nightmare for fast bowlers.
Squads for India Tour of South Africa
India squad for SA Tests: Virat Kohli (Captain), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vc), Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Parthiv Patel, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah
South Africa squad for India Tests: Faf du Plessis (Captain), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Theunis de Bruyn, AB de Villiers, Dean Elgar, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn