Top Moments between India and South Africa in T20 World Cup Matches

India and South Africa have already played seven games of the shortest format in 2022. Today i.e. Oct 28, let us recall the moments of India Vs South Africa matches in the T20 World Cup history before they take on each other at Perth on Sunday.
Top Moments between India and South Africa in T20 World Cup Matches
Top Moments between India and South Africa in T20 World Cup Matches

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India’s next big task is against South Arica in the T20 World Cup 2022 event in Australia. The men in blue will take on the Proteas on Sunday, 30th October 2022, at Perth Stadium in Perth.

The match will start at 4.30 pm as per Indian Standard Time (IST). India had two good victories under their belt, which will boost their confidence ahead of this crucial encounter.

The men in blue had a thrilling win against the arch-rivals Pakistan and outplayed the Netherlands in yesterday's game at Sydney Cricket Ground.

On the other hand, the Proteas will also fancy their chances of winning this game because of the quality pace bowlers in their lineup. South Africa and India have played seven T20I games this year already.

India has won four games whereas South Africa has won just two matches, and one match was abandoned due to the rains. The men in blue side under Rohit Sharma's captaincy also won their first-ever home series in the shortest format against The Proteas.

Indian Captain Rohit Sharma
Indian Captain Rohit SharmaImage Credit: IANS

India has a better T20 WC record. The Blues have won four T20 World Cup matches, while South Africa has just one win under their belt from five games played.

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List of all T20 World Cup Matches played between India Vs South Africa

  • 2007 – India won by 37 Runs in Kingsmead Durban

  • 2009 – South Africa won by 12 Runs in Nottingham

  • 2010 – India won by 14 Runs in Gros Islet

  • 2012 – India won by one run in RPS Stadium in Colombo

  • 2014 – India won by six wickets in Mirpur

India and South Africa had also played against each other in the first-ever T20 World Cup edition in 2007, and South Africa hosted that tournament.

Under the leadership of captain cool Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the young Indian team was crowned as the first champions of the T20 International cricket format.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Mahendra Singh DhoniImage Credit: AFP

Today let us relive the moments between India and South Africa in T20 WC History. 

Most thrilling T20I game between India and South Africa

The 24th match of the T20 World Cup 2012 in Sri Lanka at Colombo’s R Premadasa Stadium was the most thrilling game played between these two teams.

India needed to win this match to stay alive in the World T20 2012 tournament, and they also needed to win it by some margin.

But the Indian openers didn't start well, and there were no vital contributions from any other middle-order batsmen from India. 

It was Suresh Raina's 45 runs that took India over the score of 150 runs. Raina was the highest scorer for the men in blue in that match, and Rohit Sharma, who batted in the middle order, scored 25 runs.

The Indian bowlers brought their team back into the game with regular strikes. Faf du Plessis was the only player who scored a half-century in that game, and no other Proteas batter even scored more than twenty runs.

Jean-Paul Duminy was the other top scorer with 16 runs. Zaheer Khan, Balaji and Yuvraj dented the South African innings.

But still, it was a nail-biting thriller as this game went on until the last to decide the winner. India held their nerves to win this match by just a one-run.

Suresh Raina still the only Indian Batter to score a century in T20 World Cup History

Suresh Raina was the premier batsman for India in the shortest format. He also scored a heap of runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and cemented his place in the T20I format.

Suresh Raina still the only Indian Batter to score a century in T20 World Cup History
Suresh Raina still the only Indian Batter to score a century in T20 World Cup History

Raina smashed his first hundred in the shortest format against a solid South African side on 2nd May 2010. 

That was a T20 World Cup match in West Indies, in which India won against South Africa, and Suresh Rain played a significant role for the team in winning that encounter.

Suresh Raina is the only Indian player to score a T20I Hundred in T20 World Cup History. Raina’s 101 runs propelled India to 186 runs in their 20 overs quota. 

South Africa batted well to challenge this score set up by India. But they could only muster 172 runs from their quota of 20 overs.

Kallis scored 73 runs and was the highest scorer for South Africa in this game. Ashish Nehra picked up two wickets to his name. He was the highest wicket-taker for India as they won this match by 14 runs. 

South Africa was knocked out of 2007 T20 World Cup

India was the inaugural champion of the T20 World Cup, played in South Africa in 2007. India had lost to New Zealand and won the game by bowl-out against Pakistan.

But overall, Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led team India performed well against powerful and experienced teams like Australia, England, Pakistan and South Africa.  

In the 24th match of the T20 World Cup 2007, played at Kingsmead in Durban, India needed to restrict South Africa's hosts to a specific score to qualify for the semi-finals.

India batted first and scored 153 runs. Thanks to Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten 50 runs and former Indian skipper MS Dhoni’s 45 runs. 

In reply, it was havoc caused by Rudra Pratap Singh. The pacer picked up four scalps to dent the South African innings. Harbhajan Singh and S Sreesanth also chipped in with two wickets each, and the Proteas scored just 116 runs.

Mark Boucher and Albie Morkel scored 36 runs each. But that wasn’t enough for South Africa to stay in the tournament. India knocked the hosts out and won this match by 37 runs. 

Virat Kohli outplayed the Proteas in 2014 semi-final of T20 WC

Run Machine of Indian Cricket Virat Kohli
Run Machine of Indian Cricket Virat KohliImage Credit: Twitter

India and South Africa met in the semi-final match of the T20 World Cup in 2014. That edition was played in Bangladesh. South Africa batted first and posted a sniff score for the men in blue batters to chase.

Faf du Plessis scored 58 runs, and Jean-Paul Duminy scored 45 vital runs that propelled South Africa to 172 runs.

Ashwin had clean-bowled Hashim Amla, which was termed the ball of the century. Ash also picked up three wickets in that game.

In the run chase of 173 runs, the Indian openers got off to a decent start. But Virat Kohli’s masterful knock of unbeaten 72 runs sealed the game for Team India, and they progressed to the finals of that T20I event.

Kohli got some support from Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina. But the Chase Master mastered another run chase perfectly, which allowed India to win this match. Virat was also the highest run-getter in the 2014 edition of the T20 WC.

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