SA vs IND Stats Preview: India Tour Of South Africa 2021-22, 3rd ODI

South Africa ( Photo Credit: Twitter )
South Africa ( Photo Credit: Twitter )

As India will be looking to finish their South Africa tour on a high at Newlands, Cape Town, let’s look at some relevant numbers of the game.

Whitewash on the cards:

As the hosts have already wrapped up the series on Friday, now they will be eying for their first whitewash against India. Previously twice India failed to win a single game in the bilateral series against South Africa. In 2006, the proteas beat the visitors by 4-0 in the 5-match series as one game was rained out. In 2013 again, they beat India by 2-0 in a 3-match series.

As far as India is concerned, the last time they faced a whitewash in an ODI series was against New Zealand in March 2020.

South Africa beat India by 7 wickets at Paarl

South Africa’s formidable record at Newlands:

South Africa’s ODI record at Newlands is quite intimidating as the hosts won 31 games out of 37. However, 2 of their 6 losses at this ground were against India. Since 2004, South Africa lost just 3 ODIs at this ground, two of those were against and other time Pakistan got the better of them.

On the other side, India played 5 games on this ground and won 3. Apart from the wins against the hosts, they beat Kenya in a Super-6 clash in the 2003 World Cup.

Wait for 71st international continues:

It has been 64 innings for Virat Kohli in international innings since he made his last hundred in any format. However, in the meantime, ODI is the only format where Virat had decent numbers as he scored 700 runs in 17 innings with 9 fifties in this time period.

He also had some happy memories at this ground. He played a terrific knock of 160*(159) in 2018 when India beat the hosts by 124 runs.

Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal. Photo Credit Getty Images.

India’s powerplay woes:

Since the last ODI World Cup in 2019, India picked only 10 wickets in 23 ODIs which is the worst by any team in this phase. Their average of 132.10 is by far the worst as Zimbabwe’s (63.45) one is a distant second. Their powerplay specialist Bhuvneshwar went wicketless in the series as he conceded runs with an economy of more than 7 without taking a single wicket in 18 overs so far.

100 wickets for Yuzvendra Chahal?

Yuzvendra Chahal is just 2 wickets away to reach the milestone of 100 wickets. If he reaches the milestone tomorrow, he will be the joint 4th quickest Indian to reach the figure with Irfan Pathan (59 matches). Only Mohammed Shami (56), Jasprit Bumrah (57), and Kuldeep Yadav (58) have done it quicker.

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