ICC Champions Trophy 2017: India vs South Africa top five memorable clashes
South Africa and India have had severable memorable and record-breaking contests. Ahead of their crucial ICC Champions Trophy 2017 encounter, here is a look at some of these contests.icc champions trophy 2017 Updated: Jun 10, 2017 13:41 IST
South Africa and India, the No.1 and No.3 will lock horns on Sunday for a berth in the Champions Trophy semifinal spot. With the kind of batting prowess in both sides, an exciting encounter can be expected if rain doesn’t play spoilsport. Both the teams have been commendable over the past two decades and have been on top of their game. India have had an edge, however, winning all three ICC tournaments in the period while the Proteas have been tagged as ‘Chokers’.
HT looks at the five most memorable clashes the two have played together so far:
1. November 10, 1991
It was against India that South Africa played their first ODI match after getting back into the international fold after 21 years. The iconic Eden Gardens was the host of the historic game. After being put into bat, South Africa notched 177 for the loss of eight wickets in 47 overs with the Kepler Wessels (50) leading from the front while Adrian Kuiper (43) helped him from the other end. In a brilliant spell, Allan Donald had sent pack Navjot Singh, Ravi Shastri and Sanjay Manjrekar within four overs but solid knocks from Sachin Tendulkar (62) and Pravin Amre (55) guided India towards an easy victory. Donald picked up five of the seven Indian wickets that fell and shared the man-of-the-match award with Tendulkar. At the end of the game, captain Clive Rice had famously remarked: “Now I know how Neil Armstrong felt when he walked on the moon.”
2. December 15, 1992
South Africa led 3-1 in the seven-match ODI series and they were eyeing their first series win against India. Their first tour to India had ended in defeat and a loss in the 1992 World Cup semifinal meant lifting a trophy had evaded them thus far. India, playing to stay alive in the tournament, had scored 207 for the loss of three wickets batting first with skipper Mohammad Azharuddin top-scoring with an unbeaten 86. In reply, the Proteas put up a century stand with Kepler Wessels (55) and Andrew Hudson (108) setting the platform for the iconic victory. The target was chased down with 16 balls to go and it started a new chapter for the hosts.
3. July 1, 2007
Damp conditions at the Civil Service Cricket Club, Stormont, Belfast had reduced the match to 31-overs a side but India came out all guns blazing as the hosts were reeling at 28/4 in 12.3 overs. Sourav Ganguly led the charge with two wickets before Herschelle Gibbs (56) and Justin Kemp (61) rescued their side to lead them to 148 at the end of the stipulated overs. Indians, too, found themselves in a similar situation as they were reduced to 38/3 before Rahul Dravid (36) and Yuvraj Singh (61) stitched 70 runs for the fourth wicket to guide India home. This was India’s first title in five years, since the historic Natwest Trophy in 2002.
4. March 24, 2010
“First man on the planet to reach 200 and it’s the superman from India.” The iconic line from Ravi Shastri had said it all. There had been 2961 ODIs played across the globe before this one, but in Gwalior on this day, Sachin Tendulkar (200) had sealed the fate of the match once India won the toss and opted to bat first. Dinesh Karthik (79) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (68) had struck half-centuries as well as India posted 401. However, there wasn’t a repeat show of a 434-chased down like the one in Wanderers by South Africa as they bundled out for just 248. De Villiers had scored a valiant ton, but with no support from his teammates, fought a lonely battle.
5. March 12, 2011
Sachin Tendulkar brought up his 99th international hundred during the group game against South Africa in the 2011 World Cup. Half-centuries from Virender Sehwag (73) and Gautam Gambhir (69) put India on course for a big total. However, they lost nine wickets for 29 runs and could only manage 296. In reply, South Africa started well with Hashim Amla (61), Jacques Kallis (69) and AB de Villiers (52) all slamming half-centuries. However, India kept picking wickets at regular intervals but a late cameo by Robin Pietersen (18 off 7 balls) helped the Proteas reach the target with just two balls to spare.