The 12th edition of the World Cup 2019 kicked off a week back, with the first match being played between the hosts England and the Proteas. But for the Indian cricket fans, the mega event actually kicks-off on the 7th day of the grand tournament. On 5th June, Wednesday, the Men in Blue would be playing their opener match against the already bruised South Africa. Though it is the third world cup match of South Africa, they have lost earlier two matches. Hence, it’s a do-or-die situation for South Africa, as they need to win this game in order to stay in the tournament and avoid their exit. Well, the Proteas might have a hard time as their opponent got enough time for preparations.
Key Stats of This Game
India’s 130-run win against South Africa in the 2015 World Cup was their introductory World Cup win over South Africa.
India faced off the Proteas in 1992, 1999 and 2011 editions and lost in all of those while defending a target.
India is hoping to start the campaign with a high note. On the other end, South Africa’s captain Faf du Plessis are facing a lot of problems, especially injuries of their players.
66.78 is Virat Kohli’s batting average in India-South Africa ODI matches is the best for any player who scored over 100 runs.
64.5 is Quinton de Kock’s ODI average against India of 64.5 is his 2nd best against any team.
South Africa is the only opponent against whom Rohit Sharma has a batting average under 35 in ODIs.
India won all their previous five matches with South Africa in the ICC events.
India’s top-order is sensitive against swing bowling in overcast conditions but one can expect them to play safe cricket through the period and present a 300-plus total on Wednesday if they are sent in to bat. South Africa having lost Dale Steyn to an injury and won’t have Lungi Ngidi for Wednesday’s clash after the pacer suffered a hamstring strain.
A green pitch is not on offer for India vs South Africa but the surface had been under the covers on the eve of the big clash.