For the South African team, the City of Nawabs is not entirely unfamiliar territory. In 2020, during their visit to India, their plans were marred by a washed-out match in Dharamshala and the cancellation of the remaining two due to the pandemic. 

Their return to Lucknow, in particular, was marked by a victory over India in a 40-over game, with Heinrich Klassen and David Miller delivering stellar performances.

Quinton de Kock, a familiar face in Lucknow due to his IPL stint with the Lucknow SuperGiants, will be eager to put on a magical batting display. Markram, who recently broke a World Cup record by scoring a century in just 49 balls, will undoubtedly be the centre of attention. 

This incredible feat surpassed Kevin O'Brien's previous record for Ireland, achieved in 2011 against England at Bengaluru.

The stage is set for a thrilling encounter at Ekana Stadium, where the pitch will play a pivotal role in determining the course of the game.