South Africa made their international comeback with a One-Day International (ODI) series consisting of three matches in 1991-92. They became a last-minute inclusion in World Cup cricket, but despite having played six World Cups together, they have faced each other only thrice. All three matches in World Cup cricket have been in the first round; India have batted first in all three; South Africa have won all three; and Sachin Tendulkar has played in all three.
India and South Africa played their respective last league match of World Cup Cricket 1992 against each other. The match at Adelaide Oval was a rain-curtailed one in which India scored 180 for six from 30 overs thanks to some breathtaking strokeplay from Mohammad Azharuddin and Kapil Dev. For South Africa, Andrew Hudson and Peter Kirsten put up 128 for the opening stand, and South Africa won by six wickets with five balls to spare. Click Here for India vs South Africa, World Cup 1992
The teams met next in their opening match for both sides — at Hove. In a match remembered more for the earpieces used by Bob Woolmer and Hansie Cronje to communicate between themselves, India put up 253 for five, but a calm Jacques Kallis, a busy Jonty Rhodes, and a savage Lance Klusener saw South Africa home. They won by four wickets with 16 balls in hand. Click Here for India vs South Africa, World Cup 1999
At 267 for one in the 40th over at Nagpur in 2011 it seemed India would put up a gargantuan total. Virender Sehwag was outrageous and Gautam Gambhir smart, and Sachin Tendulkar essayed a masterpiece of a hundred. Unfortunately, it all went in vain due to some unimaginative batting and Dale Steyn’s fifer. The chase was a tense one, and despite fifties from Hashim Amla, Kallis, and AB de Villiers, South Africa needed 13 from Ashish Nehra’s last over. Robin Peterson then came to the party, finishing things off in four balls with two balls in hand. Click Here for India vs South Africa, World Cup 2011
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