In India-South Africa clashes, whoever has batted first in the last six occasions has won the match © Getty Images
In India-South Africa clashes, whoever has batted first in the last six occasions has won the match © Getty Images

 

The ICC World T20 2014 semi-final between India and South Africa is going to be the eighth clash between the two sides. Abhishek Mukherjee does a quick statistical preview of the matches.

 

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:

 

Most runs:

 

Player M R Ave SR
Suresh Raina 6 193 48.25 149.6
Rohit Sharma 5 157 52.33 121.7
Jacques Kallis 3 140 46.67 134.6
AB de Villiers 6 128 21.33 132
Albie Morkel 6 109 27.25 138

 

Highest strike rates (qualification: 50 runs)

 

Player M R BF SR
Morne van Wyk 1 67 39 171.8
Faf du Plessis 1 65 38 171.1
Suresh Raina 6 193 129 149.6
Albie Morkel 6 109 79 138
Colin Ingram 2 80 58 137.9

 

Most sixes:

 

Player R BF 6s BF/6
Albie Morkel 109 79 8 9.9
Suresh Raina 193 129 8 16.1
Morne van Wyk 67 39 5 7.8
Yuvraj Singh 95 83 5 16.6
Jacques Kallis 140 104 5 20.8

 

Highest scores:

 

Player R BF SR 6s
Suresh Raina 101 60 168 5
Colin Ingram 78 50 156 3
Jacques Kallis 73 54 135 3
Morne van Wyk 67 39 172 5
Faf du Plessis 65 38 171 2

 

Most wickets:

 

Player M W Ave SR Econ
Zaheer Khan 3 6 10.5 11 5.72
RP Singh 2 5 6.8 7.2 5.66
Johan Botha 4 4 20.25 16.5 7.36
Harbhajan Singh 4 4 26.5 22.5 7.06
Yusuf Pathan 4 4 18.25 12 9.12

 

Do note that none of these men will be playing today’s match.

 

Best economy rates (qualification: ten overs):

 

Player M Econ W
Yuvraj Singh 4 5.67 3
Zaheer Khan 3 5.72 6
Dale Steyn 3 6.81 3
Harbhajan Singh 4 7.06 4
Morne Morkel 4 7.18 3

 

Best bowling figures:

 

Player Figures
RP Singh 4-0-13-4
Johan Botha 4-0-16-3
Zaheer Khan 4-0-22-3
Lakshmipathy Balaji 3.5-0-37-3
Ajit Agarkar 2.3-1-10-2

 

Tightest spells (qualification: three overs):

 

Player Econ Figures
Ravindra Jadeja 3 3-0-9-1
RP Singh 3.25 4-0-13-4
Roelof van der Merwe 3.25 4-0-13-1
Zaheer Khan 3.75 4-0-15-2
Irfan Pathan 4 4-0-16-0

 

Most victims:

Player M C S V
AB de Villiers 6 5 5
Suresh Raina 6 5 5
Rohit Sharma 5 5 5
Graeme Smith 4 4 4

 

Stumpings:

 

The only wicket-keepers to have effected stumpings in India-South Africa bouts have been Dinesh Karthik (twice) and MS Dhoni (once).

 

ICC World T20 2014 schedule: Match time table with venue details

 

(Abhishek Mukherjee is the Deputy Editor and Cricket Historian at CricketCountry. He blogs at http://ovshake.blogspot.in and can be followed on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ovshake42)