India v South Africa, World T20, semi-final April 4, 2014

SA's knockout phobia, Kohli's love for chases

Stats highlights from yet another Virat Kohli special, India v South Africa, World T20, semi-final, Mirpur.

  • India's chase was the highest successful one against South Africa in T20Is and only the second time a target of 165-plus has been chased successfully against them. The previous best against them was by New Zealand in East London in 2012, when they overhauled a target of 169.

  • South Africa have now lost ten of the 12 knockout matches (semi-finals and finals) they have played in major (involving five or more teams) limited-overs tournaments. The last time they won a knockout was in the finals of the Champions Trophy in 1998-99, when they beat West Indies.

  • Virat Kohli's 44-ball 72 is his seventh fifty in T20Is and his fifth in chases. Kohli has scored 496 runs at an average of 82.66 in chases in T20Is. Batting first, he averages 25.61 and has scored 333 runs in 13 innings with two fifties. Kohli's average is the highest among batsmen with a minimum of 400 runs in chases. The second-best batsman in this list, Michael Hussey, averages 30 runs fewer than Kohli.

  • Kohli went past Netherlands' Tom Cooper as the top run scorer in this World T20 - he has scored 242 runs at an average of 121.00 and a strike rate of 128. Kohli also went past Gautam Gambhir as the India batsman to have scored the most runs in a World T20 series. Gambhir had scored 227 runs at 37.83 in the 2007 World T20.

  • Kohli played only three dots in the 44 balls he faced in his innings. This is the least number of dot-balls faced by a batsman in an innings of 40 or more balls. JP Duminy's five dot-balls in a T20I against Australia at the Gabba in 2009 was the previous lowest.

  • R Ashwin's bowling figures of 3 for 22 are his second best in T20Is and only the second instance of him taking more than three in a T20I. His best figures came in India's previous game against Australia when he took 4 for 11. Ashwin has taken ten wickets at an average of 9.5 and has economy of 4.91 at Mirpur. Only Samuel Badree - who has 11 wickets at 10.27 - has more wickets at this venue.

  • Amit Mishra's second over in the match went for 17 runs, which is the most he has gone for in an over in T20Is. Mishra's figures of 0 for 36 are also his worst of his T20I career. Mishra has taken ten wickets at 13.60 and has an economy of 6.18 in six T20Is.

  • Dale Steyn's economy of 11.36 is his second worst in T20Is. His worst economy in a T20I came against England in a league match of the 2010 World Cup, when he went for 50 runs in four overs.

  • Faf du Plessis' fifty in this match was his fifth in T20Is and his second against India. Du Plessis has scored 123 runs in two games against India at a strike rate of 155.7. His four fifty-plus scores now equal the most by a South Africa captain, same as Graeme Smith.

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  • VIJAY on April 5, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    @Albie are too funny yar...we have won CT 2013 out of our comfort zone and that too without losing a single match...we have won 2007 T20 WC out of our comfort zone (hope you know where), in this WC your team numbed against India in your own me which important bilateral series and ICC event (except 1998 CT) won by SA out of their comfort zone....

  • Omprakash on April 5, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    All teams face this problem when playing out of their comfort zone (home conditions and similar to that) and India is no exception. It all depends how better you perform in foreign conditions and Indians are doing better off late, though the results don't reflect that. And this particular world T20, we are doing exceptionally well...... I feel proud of the way Indians played this semi-final. The dressing room was calm till the end which reflects the confidence they had........ Come on India - Lets rock in the final toooooo !!!!! You deserve this cup

  • Vineet on April 5, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    @albie: India's one day record in tournaments speaks for itself in recent times - current ICC World Cup ODI holders, ICC Champions Trophy Holders (in England) and now in the final of the ICC World T20. They have a young team with a lot of hunger as shown by Virat's innings and reaction after the hitting the winning runs.

    Yes, their Test record isn't great, especially overseas, and this is widely recognised. However, should they start to turn around their Test performance overseas they will truly be seen as great team. England this summer will be good challenge.

    Oh, and remind me the last time South Africa won an ICC tournament? Was it this Millenium?

  • Dummy4 on April 5, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    This generation has problem of respecting the mediocre & taking superb for granted.

    SA despite having no 1 & 2 ICC ranked so called class batsmen Amla, DeVilliers & no 1, 2 ,3 ICC ranked bowlers has failed to even make it to final of any ICC event shows only 1 thing that SA's so called greats r just overrated chokers who fail to perform when it matters the most: in big games.They have boosted their stats in low profile bilateral series & fail miserably in big games when opposition is serious.

    True greats rise to the big occasion, like Aussie greats made AUS win 3 consecutive WCs including a total of 6 consecutive SFs QFs & finals without losing a single game in those WCs. ..The big match player of all time: Tendulkar was highest scorer in 2 WCs,2nd highest in 3rd & was Man of the Match in 6 out of 9 Tournament finals that Ind won while he was in the team, with superior avg of 50+ in WCs & tournament finals. No other batsman has tournament final & WC record even barely close to him.

  • Dummy4 on April 5, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    @Albie .. I think , you got hurt deep down heart following India's thrashing to SA.These harsh comments will not help SA achieving anything. The fact remains , SA lacks the potent and killing intent to go through Knockout stages and India comes out with good plans and some high standard performance by individuals . Enjoy game man..cheers

  • Jitesh on April 5, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    @Albie Hanekom: So as per you winning in countries like SA, NZ etc makes a particular team best. Who are you to judge these things. As of now they are playing decent enough, and even if they didn't win in SA and NZ they were quite good. As an Indian we will always support and say that our team is best and you are no one to say that it sounds funny.

  • Bipul on April 5, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    @Albie - Same applies to SA when they leave their comfort zone of green wickets. Talk about big games, where does SA stands?

  • Dummy4 on April 5, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    So now its India V/s Sri Lanka. As an Indian, I wish India gets something to cheer about after those disastrous couple of tours.

    But over here I would also want to mention that cricket greats like Mahela J. and K. Sangakarra who would be playing their last T20s tomorrow deserve to end on a winning note. Esp Mahela who has always performed when the occasion demanded.

    All in all, an all Asian final is a treat to watch. Congrats and best luck to both teams.

  • Android on April 5, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    "Indias team is the best in the world"... hahaha some comments on this site is so funny. After some T20 wins on the subcontinent qualifies India for that? Please dont make me laugh, I love Indian cricket but to be honest they have been nothing short of pathetic for a long while now, T20 cricket doesnt cover that up. But I guess thats part of the problem with Indian cricket, they get whitewashed everywhere in the world and their supporters go on about how useless they are, then they win some T20 games which is a form of the game that means nothing and now they are the best again. I guess if they lose the final they will be pathetic again?

  • Android on April 5, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    wait for the records to start tumbling. ive said it before and say it again: kohli will score mpre than 100 centuries and atlease 1 WC in his remaining 13-15 year career.

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