On Sunday, there comes the epic encounter between India and South Africa in Group B of the World Cup. India is yet to beat South Africa in World Cup tournament and they were defeated in each of the three occasions by South Africa. In the past years, we have seen plenty of epic encounters between India and South Africa. Here is the list of the top 5 ODIs between India and South Africa in the history of the game.
South Africa Vs. India, 15th Jan, 2011, Johannesburg
It was one of the brilliant one day matches played between the two giants with sheer adrenaline rush. India batted first in the match and collapsed in front of a deadly South African bowling attack. India were bundled at the score of 190 runs. In reply, South Africa played really well but wickets kept on falling. Finally, with just a single run to score, Munaf Patel struck twice in the 43rd over to wrap things up for the South Africans and India won by a margin of 1 run.
ICC Champions Trophy Semi Final, 25th September, 2002, Colombo
India batted first and posed a competitive score on a batting track. India scored 260 runs. Courtesy of Virender Sehwag with the initial onslaught and Yuvraj Singh played a fine knock at the death overs of the innings. In reply, South Africa played rather brilliantly. They were well poised at the score of 192 runs for the loss of a single wicket when Gibbs got retired hurt. It turned into bliss for Indians as they bounced back into the game and ultimately went on to win the game by a margin of just 10 runs.
ICC World Cup 2011, Group B- 29th Match, 12th March, 2011, Nagpur
India batted first in the match and got off to a flying start. Tendulkar smacked a brilliant century but there was a batting collapse right at the end of the innings. Still India managed to score a total of 296 runs. In reply, South Africa played tactfully and were very much in the chase in every phase of the innings. They reached to their target with 2 balls to spare and won the match by 3 wickets. It was indeed a nail biting finish.
India Vs. South Africa, 17th March, 2000, Vadodara
South Africa batted first in the match and posed a total of 282 runs with a fantastic innings from Kirsten and Kallis. In reply, Ganguly and Tendulkar played brilliantly and the opening partnership contributed 153 runs. Tendulkar scored a fantastic century. And there was a little cameo from Azharuddin at the death overs and India won the match by a margin of 4 wickets with 1 ball to spare.
India Vs. South Africa, 21st February, 2010, Jaipur
It was the first match of the 3-match series between India and South Africa and India batted first and posed a great total of 298 runs on the board. In reply, South Africa were up for a brilliant chase. Indians capitalised in the middle overs but a fantastic cameo from Wayne Parnell at the death overs carved the way for the Proteas. However, India recovered well and the match went to the wire and India won the match by a margin of a single run.