The 1st Test is scheduled for an 11 pm BST (3.30 pm IST, 6 am ET) start with live coverage on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports HD1 in India. The match can also be watched via live streaming online in India here. Catch the action in the UK on Sky Sports 2, with the option to live stream here. Viewers in the US can watch the game on ESPN 3 with the option to catch the action live online here.
When India was in their backyard the last time around, the English team played all over the Indians and managed to pull off a whitewash, a result that the Indian team suffered in 2 successive overseas series. It is pretty evident that things have changed considerably in the past three years, and the Indian team that is touring the British Isles this time around seems to be a lot more comfortable against pace, bounce and swing than the team that toured the last time around.
India come into this game after their historic win in the Lords test. They are on an all time high as the new blood of Indian cricket has taken the responsibility that was handed to them by the fabulous four. They delivered a thumping win amidst all the controversy and showed the world that they are capable of performing in adverse conditions as well.
This match at Southampton is important in the context of this series as one false move by both the teams can result in a loss or a step backwards from a series victory. India are the prime favourites going into this game, but England themselves would be looking to grasp every opportunity that they will get to deliver a revenge victory.