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While South Africa had played their first One-Day International (ODI) against India, the latter had sort of paid back the debt by making their T20I debut against the former. India had won the initial bout at New Wanderers by six wickets with a single ball to spare; strangely, it remains the only occasion that a side had won an India-South T20I clash batting second.
While South Africa has used three captains (Graeme Smith, Johan Botha, and AB de Villiers), India has used two (Virender Sehwag and MS Dhoni). South Africa has won two of the seven contests (including one that was washed away after the Indian innings was 47 balls old).
Below is a brief overview of the matches.
|Date||Venue||Tournament||Team batting first||Team batting second||Man of the Match|
|1-Dec-06||Johannesburg||One-off||SA||Smith||126/9 (20)||Ind||Sehwag||127/4 (19.5)||Dinesh Karthik|
|20-Sep-07||Kingsmead||World T20||Ind||Dhoni||153/5 (20)||SA||Smith||116/9 (20)||Rohit Sharma|
|16-Jun-09||Trent Bridge||World T20||SA||Smith||130/5 (20)||Ind||Dhoni||118/8 (20)||AB de Villiers|
|2-May-10||Gros Islet||World T20||Ind||Dhoni||186/5 (20)||SA||Smith||172/5 (20)||Suresh Raina|
|9-Jan-11||Durban||One-off||Ind||Dhoni||168/6 (20)||SA||Botha||147/9 (20)||Rohit Sharma|
|30-Mar-12||Johannesburg||One-off||SA||Botha||219/4 (20)||Ind||Dhoni||71/0 (7.5) *||Colin Ingram|
|2-Oct-12||Premadasa||World T20||Ind||Dhoni||152/6 (20)||SA||de Villiers||151 (19.5)||Yuvraj Singh|
|* Decided on Duckworth-Lewis; India would have won if they had scored 83 when rain had halted play.|
As is evident, India has played South Africa once in every World T20 so far (the run continues in this edition of the tournament as well). India has won three of the four clashes, losing only at Trent Bridge in 2009.
Below are some other relevant numbers:
|AB de Villiers||6||128||21.33||132|
Highest strike rates (qualification: 50 runs)
|Morne van Wyk||1||67||39||171.8|
|Faf du Plessis||1||65||38||171.1|
|Morne van Wyk||67||39||5||7.8|
|Morne van Wyk||67||39||172||5|
|Faf du Plessis||65||38||171||2|
Do note that none of these men will be playing today’s match.
Best economy rates (qualification: ten overs):
Best bowling figures:
Tightest spells (qualification: three overs):
|Roelof van der Merwe||3.25||4-0-13-1|
|AB de Villiers||6||5||5|
The only wicket-keepers to have effected stumpings in India-South Africa bouts have been Dinesh Karthik (twice) and MS Dhoni (once).
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