Today in Perth, Rohit Sharma and co. however, they are expected to face their toughest test yet. They will face a very confident Protea outfit, who were robbed of 1 point when rain forced them to share points with Zimbabwe. Currently, the Proteas are right behind India in the Group 2 standings, with 3 points.
Today’s game, which will be played on an expectedly fast and bouncy Perth pitch, could give us the answer as to who will be in Group 2.
Ahead of this exciting clash, here are some very interesting statistics and trivia about India Vs South Africa in the T20 World Cup and in T20 overall are:
(All statistics in this article are updated to October 29, 2022)
# India have a success percentage of 59.09 against South Africa in T20Is, winning 13 and losing nine. (NR-1). South Africa’s win % against India is 40.90.
# India won four out of five matches played against South Africa in the T20 World Cup and enjoyed an 80% success rate.
# The Indian victories in the T20 WC against SA were – by 37 runs in Durban on 20 September 2007; with 14 runs at Gros Islet on May 2, 2010; by 1 run at Colombo (RPS) on 2 October 2012 and by 6 wickets at Mirpur on 4 April 2014.
# South Africa’s only win in the T20 World Cup tournament against India remains by 12 runs Nottingham on June 16, 2009.
# India’s 82-run triumph at Rajkot on 17 June 2022 remains their biggest win in terms of runs against South Africa in T20Is.
# India (176/4) reached their target of 173 against South Africa at Mirpur on April 4, 2014 – their highest successful run chase against any opponent in the T20 World Cup.
Indian cricketers. (AFP Photo)
#Suresh Raina’s 101 off 60 balls against South Africa at Gros Islet on 2 May 2010 was the first century by an Indian player in T20Is and in the T20 World Cup.
# Suresh Raina, with 170 runs at an average of 42.50, including a century in four innings, is the leading Indian run-getter against South Africa in the T20 World Cup.
# Rohit Sharma scored 106 off 66 balls at Dharamsala on 2 October 2015 – the highest for India against South Africa in a T20I.
# Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma are the only centurions for India vs South Africa in T20Is.
# Virat Kohli hit a match-winning unbeaten 72 off 44 balls in a T20 World Cup match at Mirpur on April 4, 2014 – India’s highest individual score in successful run chases against South Africa in T20Is/World Cup. He achieved a similar score (72 not out from 52 balls) at Mohali on 18 September 2019.
# Bhuvneshwar Kumar, with 14 wickets at 17.00 runs each in 11 matches, is the highest wicket-taker in T20Is involving India and South Africa.
# An unbroken stand of 174 between David Miller and de Kock for the fourth wicket is South Africa’s highest for any wicket against any opponent in T20Is.
# The above partnership is also the highest by any pair for this wicket position in T20Is.
# For India, 15 sixes in 16 matches by Rohit Sharma against South Africa is the most.
# Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s first five-wicket haul in his T20I career was scored against South Africa – 5 for 24 in Johannesburg on 18 February 2018.
South African cricketers. (AFP Photo)
# The above instance by Bhuvneshwar is the only one of a bowler taking five wickets in T20Is involving the two countries.
# Bhuvneshwar’s excellent figures of 4 for 13 at Cuttack on 12 June 2022 are the best by an Indian bowler against South Africa in T20Is in India. He is the only bowler to have taken two four-wicket hauls in T20Is involving India and South Africa.
# For South Africa, not even a single bowler achieved a score of four wickets against India in the T20s.
# Albie Morkel took 3 for 12 at Cuttack on 5 October 2015 – the best by a South African bowler against India in the shortest format.
#Yuzvendra Chahal conceded 64 runs without taking a wicket in the Centurion T20I on 21 February 2018 – the most by an Indian bowler against any opponent in a T20I.
# Chahal conceded seven sixes in the aforementioned T20I to become the fifth bowler to concede seven sixes in a T20I match. He joined Stuart Broad, Xavier Doherty, Barry McCarthy and Andrew Tye.
# Arshdeep Singh had figures of 4-0-62-2 against South Africa at Guwahati on October 2, 2022. He became the second Indian bowler to concede 60 runs or more against any opponent in T20Is.
# David Miller was the first South African batsman to score a century against India in the T20s.
# With his unbeaten innings of 106 at Guwahati on 2 October 2022, David Miller also became the first South African batsman to score two centuries in T20Is. Before that he scored an unbeaten 101 against Bangladesh at Potchefstroom on 29 October 2017.
# Kagiso Rabada (57), Wayne Parnell (54), Lungi Ngidi (49) and Anrich Nortje (41) conceded 201 runs in India’s total of 237 for three at Guwahati on October 2, 2022 – the first instance of pacers 200 runs conceded. or more in a T20I innings, without taking a single wicket (in full-member T20Is).
# Rohit Sharma (10 catches in 16 matches) holds the record for catches by a fielder in T20Is involving India and South Africa.
# Bhuvneshwar Kumar, with 14 wickets at 17.00 runs each in eleven matches, is the leading wicket-taker on either side in T20Is involving India and South Africa.
# Colin Ingram’s career-best 78 off 50 balls in Johannesburg on 30 March 2012 is the highest individual innings for South Africa vs India in T20Is in South Africa.
# Jean-Paul Duminy, Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller, with 7 sixes each, jointly hold a South African record for most sixes in a T20I innings against India.
# Duminy hit 7 during his unbeaten 68 off 34 balls at Dharamsala on 2 October 2015 while Klaasen scored 7 in his 69 off 30 balls at Centurion on 21 February 2018. Miller, meanwhile, hit seven sixes during his career-best 106 not out at Guwahati on 2-10-22.
Statistics courtesy: Rajesh Kumar