Hockey World Cup 2018 – India vs South Africa: Where to watch live, preview, betting odds and prediction
India presently occupy the fifth spot in world rankings and will look for a solid start to their campaign against South Africa who are placed 15th.
India will take on South Africa in their opening fixture of the Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar on November 28. Eight-time Olympic champions India have only lifted the World Cup once, which was way back in 1975. Since then the hosts’ best performance has been a fifth-place finish in the 1982 edition. India presently occupy the fifth spot in world rankings and will look for a solid start to their campaign against South Africa who are placed 15th.
Coach Harendra Singh will be under the scanner following India’s disappointing run in the 2018 Asian Games, where they failed to defend their title in the semi-final against Malaysia. India suffered a heartbreaking 6-7 defeat in shoot-out by allowing their opposition to score a last-gasp equaliser.
The World Cup will feature a total of 16 teams broken up into four pools of four teams each. The pool toppers will earn direct entry into the quarterfinals while the second and third placed teams will have to earn their spot via play-offs.
India are in Pool C along with Belgium, South Africa and Canada. Belgium will be the team to beat for the hosts to underline their credentials and send a message to other title contenders. Defending champions Australia have won the last two editions and will be looking for an unprecedented third consecutive World Cup triumph.
Where to watch
The match will be telecast live on Star Sports Select 1, Star Sports Select 1 HD at 7 pm IST. The match will also be streamed live on Hotstar.
India: PR Sreejesh, Krishna Bahadur Pathak, Harmanpreet Singh, Birendra Lakra, Varun Kumar, Kothajit Singh Khadangbam, Surender Kumar, Amit Rohidas, Manpreet Singh (C), Chinglensana Singh Kangujam, Nilakanta Sharma, Hardik Singh, Sumit, Akashdeep Singh, Mandeep Singh, Dilpreet Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay and Simranjeet Singh.
South Africa: Tim Drummond (C), Dayaan Cassiem, Taylor Dart, Tyson Dlungwana, Jethro Eustice, Rhett Halkett, Tommy Hammond, Keenan Horne, Julian Hykes, Gowan Jones, Peabo Lembethe, Mo Mea, Bili Ntuli, Taine Paton, Richard Pautz, Rassie Pieterse, Austin Smith and Nic Spooner
India are overwhelming favourites to overcome minnows South Africa in their opening game. The question is how may goals will the hosts score at the end of the game. India have been known to steamroll oppositions as seen at the Asian Games earlier this year.
Betting odds: (Ladbrokes)
India – 1.08
South Africa – 15.00
Draw – 10.00