ICC World T20: England 1, South Africa 3
Eoin Morgan of England in action during the 2nd T20 International match between South African and England at Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on February 21, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

As the ICC World T20 2016  progresses to the second round of the tournament, there will be many big clashes between top teams. One such contest will be witnessed between England and South Africa at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on March 18. This will be the 18th match of the tournament and sixth match of the Super 10 stage. South Africa has been always considered a better T20 side as compared to England and their previous records also tells the same story. On the eve this exciting match, Abhishek Kumar lists out four encounters between these two sides in previous World T20s and some pre-match statistical analysis. ICC World T20 2016, South Africa overview: Perennial favourites will look to banish the ‘chokers’ tag

1.  ICC World T20 2007, Super 8 match at Newlands, Cape Town: This was the first time when both these teams played against each other in a T20 match. England put South Africa to bat first and kept taking wickets at regular intervals. But Albie Morkel’s cameo of 20-ball 43 led South Africa to a respectable total of 154.

England showed a mediocre batting performance as they threw away their wickets on quick succession. Barring Matt Prior and Owais Shah no batsman could reach 20- run mark and at the end it was a comfortable win for South Africa with an overall impressive bowling performance.

Brief scores:

South Africa 154 for 8 in 20 overs (Albie Morkel 43; Stuart Broad 4-0-37-3, Andrew Flintoff 4-0-23-2) bt England 135 for 7 in 20 overs (Owais Shah 36; Shaun Pollock 4-1-17-2, Albie Morkel 2-0-12-2) — by 19 runs. READ: ICC World T20 2016, England overview: Beaming with talent, they can clinch their 2nd T20I title

2.  ICC World T20 2009, Super 8 match at Trent Bridge, Nottingham: Once again, it was a poor show from the England batsmen as they were bundled out for 111 runs. It was all started by Dale Steyn and eventually continued by Wayne Parnell with his amazing bowling spell. South Africa chased down the target quite easily, courtesy of Jacques Kallis’half-century.

Brief scores: 

South Africa 114 for 3 in 18.5 overs (Jacques Kallis 57; Stuart Broad 3-0-14-1) bt England 111 in 19.5 overs (Owais Shah 38; Wayne Parnell 3.5-0-14-3, Dale Steyn 4-0-19-1) — by 7 wickets.

3.  ICC World T20 2010, Super 8 match at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown: England finally won a World T20 game against these opponents in 2010. Batting first, England played decently with their star performer Kevin Pietersen scoring half-century that led his team to a defending total of 168. In reply to that, South African batsmen struggled from the start. Except JP Duminy, no other batsmen could even touch 20-run mark and eventually lost the match.

Brief scores: 

England 168 for 7 in 20 overs (Kevin Pietersen 53, Craig Kieswetter 41; Johan Botha 4-0-15-2) bt South Africa 129 in 19 overs (JP Duminy 39; Ryan Sidebottom 4-0-23-3, Graeme Swann 4-0-24-3) — by 39 runs.

4.  ICC World T20 2014, Super 8 match at Chittagong: This was probably one of the best T20I matches played between England and South Africa. After posting a huge total of 196 on board with Hashim Amla and skipper AB de Villiers having scored half-centuries, South Africa were on front foot even before the English side took the crease. Although, England were off to a decent start, they later started to crumble and lose quick wickets. However, they counter attacked in the middle overs and in the end they were left with 22 runs to win the match. Tim Bresnan gave out his best batting against Steyn but fell short of three runs at the end.

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Brief scores: 

South Africa 196 for 5 in 20 overs (AB de Villiers 69, Hashim Amla 56; James Tredwell 3-0-25-1) bt England 193 for 7 20 overs (Alex Hales 38, Jos Buttler 34; Wayne Parnell 4-0-31-3, Imran Tahir 4-0-27-2) — by three runs. 

England vs South Africa, T20Is, Stat Nugget:

Most Runs

AB de Villiers (SA): 103 runs (4 matches)

Kevin Pietersen (ENG): 87 runs (3 matches)

Highest Scores

69* by AB de Villiers (SA) at Chittagong, 2014 

53 by Kevin Pietersen (ENG) at Bridgetown, 2010

Most wickets

Stuart Broad (Eng): 7 wickets (4 matches)

Wayne Parnell (SA): 6 wickets (2 matches)

Best bowling

Wayne Parnell (SA) 3-14 at Nottingham, 2009

Ryan Sidebottom (ENG) 3-23 at at Bridgetown, 2010

Most catches

5 by AB de Villiers and Eoin Morgan

(Abhishek Kumar is a cricket devotee currently staffing with Criclife.com. He can be followed at abhicricket.kumar and @abhishekkr2593)