Indian batsman Virat Kohli (Captain) taking a run during the 1st T20I cricket match in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Christiaan Kotze)

THE HISTORIC TOUR

South Africa first visited India in 1991 in what was probably the most historic and important tour for the nation. It was their maiden official worldwide sequence within the post-Apartheid period.

The sequence consisted of three ODIs and it was the primary time South Africa was taking part in the format formally.

Sachin Tendulkar got here out to bat at Three for two and scored a match-winning 62 off 73 balls serving to India chase down 177 in a intently fought opening encounter on the Eden Gardens. Allan Donald picked 5 wickets for the guests.

Kris Srikkanth, Navjot Sidhu and Sanjay Manjrekar registered fifties to report a cushty 38-run win in Gwalior.

Ravi Shastri and Manjrekar hit a whole lot in Delhi – it was the one century of the latter’s ODI profession. However a powerful reply by the South African top-order (Kepler Wessels 90, Peter Kirsten 86 and Adrian Kuiper 63 off 41 deliveries) gave them a big first win in an ODI as they chased down 287 with eight wickets and 20 balls to spare.

Kepler Wessels with 211 runs within the three matches was the standout batsman of the sequence.

INDIA DOMINANT BUT CHALLENGED AT HOME

South Africa have received 13 of the 28 matches (and misplaced 15) they’ve performed in opposition to India in India.

Total, in opposition to all opposition in India, they’ve a beneficial win-loss ratio having received 23 and misplaced 18 (one no-result) of the 42 matches they’ve performed. Solely Australia (win-loss ratio of 1.472) and Pakistan (1.368) have a greater report for touring groups in ODIs in India.

Once more, though, India have received Three of the 5 bilateral ODI sequence (two or extra matches) between the 2 international locations at dwelling, they haven’t fairly dominated as indicated by the series-scoreline over time.

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South Africa have been very aggressive within the Group Levels of multi-nation tournaments/sequence in India earlier than choking on the large stage within the knockouts – a perennial drawback with the South African staff.

India received each their matches in opposition to South Africa within the five-nation Hero Cup in 1993 happening to win the event. The extra memorable was the semi-final encounter at Eden Gardens when Tendulkar defended six of the ultimate over conceding simply three runs in the one over he bowled within the match. India had been victorious by 2 runs. Mohammad Azharuddin, their skipper had rescued the innings with a wonderful 90 after a top-order collapse and scored 46.15% of India’s complete of 195.

South Africa had the higher of India within the tri-nation Titan Cup in 1996 profitable all of the three group stage matches earlier than faltering within the closing in Mumbai. Tendulkar top-scored for India with 67 earlier than Ajay Jadeja gave the innings the impetus on the finish with an unbeaten 43 off 42 deliveries.

Anil Kumble and Venkatesh Prasad then ran via the highest and center order to scale back South Africa to 96 for 7 earlier than Dave Richardson and Pat Symcox got here collectively and put collectively 88 for the eighth-wicket virtually pulling off a miraculous win. However India’s two bowling heroes of the day returned to bowl out the guests for 185 handing India a 35-run win and the trophy.

The 2000 sequence was extremely aggressive with Four of the 5 matches taking place to the wire. The center-order duo of Jadeja-Robin Singh stitched collectively a 92-run sixth-wicket stand to assist India chase down 301 at Kochi.

Gary Kirsten (93) and Hansie Cronje (66) scripted a two-wicket win at Faridabad to maintain South Africa alive within the sequence however a Tendulkar masterclass (122 off 138 deliveries) helped India chase down 282 at Vadodara and with that seal the sequence.

Indian captain, Sourav Ganguly was the main run-getter of the sequence with 285 runs in 5 matches at a strike charge of 90.18.

THE DRAWN SERIES

Yuvraj Singh and Graeme Smith had been the celebrities with the bat within the 2005 sequence which ended 2-2. An excellent hundred (from 5 for 3) by Yuvraj was not sufficient as South Africa took the sequence lead in Hyderabad.

Irfan Pathan’s opening spell in Bengaluru, during which he noticed the again of AB de Villiers, Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis, just about sealed the sport for India. A wonderful bowling efficiency adopted by Smith’s smashing unbeaten 134 gave South Africa a thumping ten-wicket win in Kolkata earlier than Rahul Dravid levelled the sequence anchoring a 221-run chase in Mumbai.

THE FIRST 200

India received a humdinger within the sequence opener in Jaipur in 2010 by a solitary run. However nobody might think about what was in retailer in Gwalior.

Tendulkar grew to become the primary male batsman in ODI cricket historical past to register a double hundred. His unbeaten 200 off 147 deliveries helped India amass a colossal 401 for 3 – India have solely surpassed 400 on 5 events in ODI cricket. The innings included a century of boundaries (25 fours). India thrashed South Africa by 153 runs.

Such was the ecstasy round Tendulkar’s milestone achievement that AB’s hundred, an excellent innings though in a misplaced trigger, went in useless.

However it marked the start of his greatness in India.

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SA AGAIN FALTER ON THE BIGGEST STAGE

AB went on to attain two a whole lot within the 2011 World Cup. He was South Africa’s main run-scorer within the event with 353 runs in 5 matches at a median of 88.25 and strike charge of 108.28.

However the staff once more choked when it mattered probably the most. After profitable 5 of their 6 group stage matches, together with a three-wicket chase (of 296) in opposition to India at Nagpur (Steyn bagged 5 wickets), South Africa went all the way down to New Zealand within the Quarter-Last at Dhaka.

Nevertheless, AB by now had mastered the subcontinent circumstances. He went on to register three extra a whole lot when South Africa toured India subsequent in 2015.

THE ONLY SERIES WIN AND THE AB SHOW

104 off 73 deliveries in Kanpur, 112 off 107 in Chennai (albeit in a dropping trigger) and final however not the least a shocking 119 off simply 61 deliveries within the series-decider in Mumbai serving to South Africa to 438 for 4 – which stays the joint fifth-highest staff complete in ODI historical past – this was AB de Villiers in 2015 in India, serving to South Africa to their solely ODI sequence win in India until date.

AB’s strike charge of 195.08 makes his knock in Mumbai the second quickest 100-plus innings in India.

India’s 214-run loss within the decider stays their second-worst defeat (when it comes to runs) in ODI cricket.

Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock additionally aggregated above 300 runs for South Africa within the sequence.

Kagiso Rabada and Steyn had been the main wicket-takers with 10 wickets every.

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