South Africa vs India: Here's the complete statistical analysis
India open their ICC World Cup 2019 campaign against South Africa at The Ageas Bowl, Southampton on Wednesday. Virat Kohli's men will be aiming to start the tournament on a winning note. Meanwhile, South Africa have work to do after two successive losses. Ahead of the mega clash, we look at the statistical analysis.
The two teams have met each other on four occasions in the Cricket World Cup. South Africa have the edge with a 3-1 tally. Their last meeting came in 2015 World Cup. India won by 130 runs. In overall head-to-head meetings in ODI cricket, SA have won 46, whereas India have pocketed 34 matches. Three matches didn't have any result.
Former South African hero AB de Villiers amassed the most runs for South Africa in the World Cup (1,207) at an average of 63.52. He slammed four tons and six half-centuries between 2007 and 2015. For India, former legend Sachin Tendulkar has scored the most runs (2.278). He is also the tournament's leading scorer. Tendulkar amassed six hundreds and 15 fifties at 56.95.
Star fast bowler Allan Donald has taken the most number of wickets for South Africa in World Cup history (38) between 1992-2003. He took two four-wicket hauls at an average of 24.02 and a best of 4/17. For India, Zaheer Khan and Javagal Srinath share the record for the most wickets taken (44). They had a bowling average of 20.22 and 27.81 respectively.
England have amassed the highest total at this venue (373/3 versus Pakistan this year). The lowest team total also belongs to England (207 all-out versus SA in 2012). Jonny Bairstow (141* against WI in 2017) holds the record for the highest score. Ben Stokes (5/61 versus Australia in 2013) has the best bowling figures. Eoin Morgan (610) has the most runs here.
The pitch is expected to assist batsmen largely and one could see plenty of runs on offer. The match is set to start at 3:00 PM IST. One can watch the match live on the Star Sports Network and stream the same on Hotstar app.