India’s journey in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will begin from Wednesday, June 5 when they meet South Africa at Southampton.
Whenever the two teams meet in an ICC tournament, it makes for an exciting clash.
However, it would be interesting to see if the Proteas are able to pose any kind of challenge against a strong Indian team. This is because, every time the two teams have met in an ICC tournament in the last 8 years, it is India who has got the better of South Africa.
Unbeaten since 2011
Defeat against South Africa in ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 was the last time India tasted loss against them in an ICC event. After that, India has met them on 5 occasions and been on the winning side on all the occasions.
2012 World T20 India
2013 Champions Trophy India (eventual Champions)
2014 World T20 India
2015 World Cup India
South Africa have already lost two matches
It hasn’t been quite a memorable World Cup for the South African side so far. They have already faced a couple of defeats – one against England while the other against Bangladesh. If they lose the much-anticipated encounter against India, it will become very difficult for them to try and bounce back from there.
For India, of course, a winning start to their World Cup campaign will be crucial to set the tone for the rest of the tournament.
The teams will meet at Rose Bowl Cricket Ground, Southampton. The match is scheduled to begin at 3:00 pm (IST).