In what promises to be a marquee encounter in the World Cup 2023, the top two teams, India and South Africa, are set to face off in match number 37 at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday. This highly anticipated day-night fixture is expected to be a battle of cricketing giants and is scheduled to begin at 2:00 PM IST.
Team India has been nothing short of sensational in the World Cup, winning all 7 of their matches. Their last outing was a resounding triumph, where they thrashed Sri Lanka by a staggering 302 runs. Batting first in Mumbai, the Men in Blue posted a formidable total of 357/8 and then proceeded to dismiss the opposition for a mere 55 runs in just 19.4 overs.
On the other side, South Africa has also had an exceptional World Cup campaign, with the only blemish being a loss to the Netherlands. Opener Quinton de Kock has been a standout performer with 4 centuries, while the rest of the batting lineup has made valuable contributions. The bowling department has been spearheaded by the impressive Marco Jansen, supported by the likes of Keshav Maharaj and Kagiso Rabada.
IND vs SA Head-to-Head in ODIs
Turning our attention to the head-to-head record between India and South Africa in ODIs, the Proteas hold a notable advantage with 50 wins out of their 90 encounters, while India has secured 37 victories. There have been no tied matches, and three encounters ended without a result. This historical data underscores the competitive nature of their rivalry.
IND vs SA Head-to-Head in World Cup
When it comes to ODI World Cup clashes, India and South Africa have met on 5 occasions. The Men in Blue have the edge, having won 3 matches, while the Proteas secured 3 victories. India’s most recent World Cup wins over South Africa include a 130-run victory in Melbourne in 2015 and a six-wicket triumph in Southampton in 2019.
The two cricketing powerhouses last faced off in a three-match ODI series in India in October 2022, where the hosts claimed a 2-1 series win. India secured victories in the final two matches of the series to turn the tide in their favor.
In their recent five ODI encounters, India has maintained the upper hand, winning four of them. However, it’s important to acknowledge that cricket is a dynamic sport, and past results may not necessarily dictate the outcome of this high-stakes World Cup clash.
As India and South Africa prepare to lock horns at Eden Gardens, cricket enthusiasts worldwide eagerly await a contest of exceptional skill and competitiveness. With both teams vying for the coveted World Cup title and a spot in the semifinals, this match is sure to provide thrilling moments and unforgettable performances.