World Cup 2019 : India vs South Africa - Past World Cup encounters, key stats

Suvajit Mustafi
Wednesday, 5 June 2019

With no wins from two outings, South Africa are off to a torrid start in their 2019 World Cup campaign. After two defeats at The Oval, against England and Bangladesh respectively, South Africa travel to The Rose Bowl in Southampton to face India in their third match.

With no wins from two outings, South Africa are off to a torrid start in their 2019 World Cup campaign. After two defeats at The Oval, against England and Bangladesh respectively, South Africa travel to The Rose Bowl in Southampton to face India in their third match. India, two-time World Champions and one of the tournament favourites, will begin their campaign here.
Let us look into India-South Africa head-to-head encounters in the World Cup. 

South Africa and India have more connections than just Mahatma Gandhi. The African nation was reinstated to international cricket in 1991 after the deconstruction of apartheid. They returned to international cricket after 21 years and played their first ever ODI against India at Kolkata, in November 1991. India took the series 2-1 after winning the first two games.

Four months later, South Africa would play their second ODI series, and it was none other than the 1992 World Cup, held in Australia-New Zealand. Led by the former Australian cricketer Kepler Wessels, South Africa won four of their first seven matches before squaring off against India at Adelaide.

1992 World Cup – League match, Adelaide | March 15 
India had managed two wins out of their six completed games (1 no result) and were out of the tournament. In what was both the side’s last league game, India were invited to bat in the rain-shortened 30-over encounter.

Kris Srikkanth fell for a duck and fellow opener Sanjay Manjrekar struggled to accelerate. Skipper Mohammad Azharuddin took charge with a 77-ball 79, and he was well supported by his former captain Kapil Dev, who belted a 29-ball 42. The experienced duo added 71 for the fourth wicket, ensuring India 180 for 6.

A 128-run opening stand between Peter Kirsten and Andrew Hudson set the base for Proteas. The win was completed in the first ball of the final over, thus ending India’s dismal campaign. 
South Africa marched to the semi-final where luck betrayed them. The strange rain-rule was first of several unforeseen events that would later go on to mar South Africa’s World Cup chronicles.  

Brief scores
India 180/6 (30) [M Azharuddin 79 (77), Kapil Dev 42 (29); A Donald 6-0-34-2, A Kuiper 6-0-28-2] lost to South Africa 181/4 (29.1) [A Hudson 53 (73), P Kirsten 84 (86)] by 6 wickets
Man of the Match: Peter Kirsten

1999 World Cup – Group match, Hove | May 15
Azhar elected to bat. Playing their first World Cup match, Sourav Ganguly (97) and Rahul Dravid (54) rose to the occasion adding 130 runs for the second wicket. The platform was set for an onslaught in the final ten overs with India 191 for one after 40 overs. Ganguly’s run out didn't help, and India limped to 253. 
Indian bowlers removed the dangerous opening duo of Herschelle Gibbs and Gary Kirsten inside seven overs. While Jacques Kallis stood like a rock, the bowlers denied significant partnerships. When Hansie Cronje was dismissed, South Africa required 74 off 68 balls with five wickets in hand. India ran into a rampant Jonty Rhodes, who ran away with the game. The game ended in the 48th over courtesy a short blitz from Lance Klusener, who would go on to be the Player of the Tournament.
The match is remembered for the earpiece controversy. Cronje used an earpiece in the match and was receiving instructions from coach Bob Woolmer. Ganguly brought it to the umpire’s attention, who spoke to the match referee. The earpieces had to go.

Random trivia : Cronje and Woolmer passed away in 2002 and 2007 respectively under controversial circumstances.
Coming back to the 1999 World Cup, India's dismal campaign ended in the Super Six, whereas South Africa found another bizarre way to exit courtesy a tie in the semi-final against Australia.

Brief Scores :
India 253/5 (50) [S Ganguly 97 (142), R Dravid 54 (75); L Klusener 10-0-66-3] lost to South Africa 254/6 (47.2) [J Kallis 96 (128), J Rhodes 39 (31)*] by 4 wickets
Man of the Match: Jacques Kallis

2011 World Cup – Group match, Nagpur | March 12
India elected to bat as boundaries soared at will leaving the likes of Steyns and Morkels clueless. No one could fathom that India would finish under 300 after a third of Indian innings. Opener Virender Sehwag fell in the 18th over at the score of 142. Sachin Tendulkar carried on and slammed his 99th international hundred. Tendulkar added another century stand with Gautam Gambhir. India were cruising at 267 for one in the 40th over. A contagious bout of madness bit India.

In the next nine overs, India lost nine wickets for 29 runs! Dale Steyn picked up a five-for as India folded for 296.

South Africa started steadily with fifties from Hashim Amla and Kallis, but it was AB de Villiers who provided his ingenious touch with a 39-ball 52. South Africa eventually won the battle of nerves. Needing 13 off the final over, Robin Peterson launched an onslaught on Ashish Nehra, plundering him for 4, 6, 2, and 4 with the first boundary coming off an inside edge.
This was India’s only defeat in the tournament as they went on to win the World Cup. South Africa’s campaign ended with a loss against New Zealand in the quarter-final.

Brief Scores :
India 296 (48.4) [S Tendulkar 111 (101), V Sehwag 73 (66), G Gambhir 69 (75); D Steyn 9.4-0-50-5] lost to South Africa 300/7 (49.4) [H Amla 61 (72), J Kallis 69 (88), AB de Villiers 52 (39); Harbhajan Singh 9-0-53-3] by 3 wickets
Man of the Match: Dale Steyn
2015 World Cup – Group match, Melbourne | February 22 :
India elected to bat and lost Rohit Sharma to a run out in the third over. Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli added 127 for the second wicket. Dhawan went on to delight MCG with an alluring hundred in a city that’s his second home (his wife’s place of residence). Ajinkya Rahane lent impetus to the innings with a 60-ball 79. India didn't finish well but still managed a competitive 307. 

South Africa lost wickets at regular intervals, and just when it seemed that de Villiers was getting into the groove, he was run out in a moment of madness. South Africa were eventually bowled out for 177. India secured their first win over South Africa in the World Cup. Both the teams ended their run in the tournament semi-finals.

Brief Scores :
India 307/7 (50) [S Dhawan 137 (146), V Kohli 46 (60), A Rahane 79 (60)] lost to South Africa 177 (40.2) [F du Plessis 55 (71), M Shami 8-1-30-2, M Sharma 7-0-31-2, R Ashwin 10-0-41-3] by 130 runs
Man of the Match: Shikhar Dhawan

Overall India vs South Africa: Key Stats
ICC ODI Ranking
IND: 2
SA: 3
(As of May 22, 2019)
Head to Head in World Cup
Played: 4
IND: 1
SA: 3
Head to Head
Played: 83 
IND: 34
SA: 46
Last 5 IND-SA matches: IND, IND, SA, IND, IND
Highest Totals
SA 438/4 (50), Mumbai – Oct 2015
IND 401/3 (50), Gwalior – Feb 2010 

Lowest Totals
IND 91(29.1), Durban – Nov 2006
SA 117 (48), Nairobi – Sep 1999

Top Five Run-getters in all IND-SA encounters 
Tendulkar (IND) – Matches 57 | Runs 2001 | Ave 35.7 | SR 76.3 | 100s 5
Kallis (SA) - Matches 37 | Runs 1535 | Ave 61.4 | SR 72.4 | 100s 2
G Kirsten (SA) – Matches 26 | Runs 1377 | Ave 62.6 | SR 76.6 | 100s 4
AB de Villiers (SA) – Matches 32 | Runs 1357 | Ave 48.5 | SR 111.1 | 100s 6
Ganguly (IND) – Matches 29 | Runs 1313 | Ave 50.5 | SR 76.6 | 100s 3
Top Run-getters from current teams in IND-SA encounters
Kohli (IND) – Matches 26 | Runs 1269 | Ave 66.8 | SR 87.7 | 100s 4
Amla (SA) – Matches 25 | Runs 932 | Ave 38.8 | SR 85.1 | 100s 2

Top Five wicket-takers in all IND-SA encounters 
Pollock (SA) – Matches 33 | Wickets 48 | Ave 24.5 | Econ 4 | 4w+ 2
Donald (SA) – Matches 26 | Wickets 46 | Ave 21.2 | Econ 4 | 4w+ 1
Kumble (IND) – Matches 40 | Wickets 46 | Ave 32 | Econ 3.9 | 4w+ 2
Steyn (SA) – Matches 18 | Wickets 34 | Ave 22.4 | Econ 4.9 | 4w+ 1
Klusener (SA) – Matches 23 | Wickets 31 | Ave 24 | Econ 5 | 4w+ 1

Top wicket-takers from current teams in IND-SA encounters
Steyn (SA) – Matches 18 | Wickets 34 | Ave 22.4 | Econ 4.9 | 4w+ 1
Kuldeep (IND) – Matches 6 | Wickets 17 | Ave 13.9 | Econ 4.6 | 4w+ 2

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