India and South Africa will play 6 ODIs    Getty Images
India and South Africa will play 6 ODIs Getty Images

After a competitive Test series, India are set to face South Africa in a six-match ODI series starting Thursday. The live telecast of first ODI from Durban can be watched on Sony Ten 1 and Sony Ten 1 HD. Sony Ten 3 and SONY Ten 3 HD will telecast the match with Hindi commentary. The live streaming of the same will be available on SonyLiv.com. Though South Africa won the Test series 2-1, Virat Kohli and his passionate bunch of boys will be tough competition for the hosts as far as limited overs cricket is concerned.

There are more than one reason for India to be hungry for an ODI series win. Winning the series 4-2 will not only give them their first victorious series in South Africa but also take them up to the numero uno position in ICC ODI rankings. A major setback for the hosts will be the absence of AB de Villiers, who suffered a finger injury. India have never won an ODI at Durban and a triumphant start will break that jinx too.

The Indian limited-overs specialists, Shreyas Iyer, Shardul Thakur, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, have flown out. South Africa, on the other hand, have Lungi Ngidi and Khaya Zondo awaiting their ODI debuts.