After a historic run-chase set up by Virat Kohli's fiery 72-run knock against South Africa led India to the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 final, Team India improved their win record over the Proteas in World T20 to 80 percent, winning four out of the five contests in the history of the tournament. India will now meet Sri Lanka in the final of the ICC World Twenty20. (Match report | Highlights | Points table)
India's impressive record against South Africa in this format is not just limited to World T20 but also to T20Is in general as they have now won six out of the eight matches played. Mahendra Singh Dhoni has to be lauded for his excellent captaincy, with India not losing a single semi-final in any tournament under him so far. (Match pics | Virat Kohli, India's 'one-man' army)
Following are some of the stats from the match:
# India have won four and lost one out of five contested against South Africa at the World Twenty20 - winning % 80.00.
# India's six-wicket triumph is their biggest against South Africa at the World Twenty20.
# Under Mahendra Singh Dhoni's captaincy, India have not lost a semi-final.
# India have won six and lost two out of eight played against South Africa in T20Is.
# India's total of 176 for four is their second highest against South Africa in T20Is - the highest being 186 for five at Gros Islet on May 2,2010.
# The aforesaid score is the highest successful chase by any team against South Africa, eclipsing New Zealand's 169 for two at East London on December 23, 2012. (Martin Guptill had scored an unbeaten 101 off 69 balls for New Zealand).
# India's aforesaid score is their highest successful chase at the World Twenty20 - their first total of 150 while chasing successfully.
# South Africa (172/4) have emulated their highest score against India at the World Twenty20. They had posted 172 for five at Gros Islet on May 2, 2010.
# Faf du Plessis has recorded his second successive fifty against India - 65 (38 balls) at Colombo, RPS on October 2, 2012 and 58 off 41 balls at Dhaka on April 4, 2014.
# du Plessis is the only South African batsman to post two fifties at the World Twenty20.
# Plessis has registered five fifties in T20Is with a highest of 85 vs Sri Lanka at Hambantota on August 6, 2013.
# Plessis, with four fifties as captain, has equalled South African record in T20Is. Graeme Smith had registered four.
# Jean-Paul Duminy (45 not out off 40 balls) has posted his highest score against India in T20Is. His previous highest was 16 off 23 balls at Colombo, RPS on October 2, 2012.
# Duminy is averaging exactly 50.00 in T20Is this year - his aggregate being 200 in six innings (twice not out)
# Duminy and Plessis were involved in a stand of 71 - South Africa's second highest third-wicket partnership at the World Twenty20, next only to the 120 (unbroken) between Herschelle Gibbs and Justin Kemp against the West Indies at Johannesburg on September 11, 2007.
# Ravichandran Ashwin (3/22) has produced his best bowling performance vs South Africa - his second best in T20Is, next only to the 4 for 11 vs Australia at Dhaka on March 30, 2014.
# Ravichandran Ashwin is the first Indian bowler to complete 10 wickets (ave.9.50) in five matches for India at the World Twenty20 2014.
# Ashwin is the first Indian spinner to bag three wickets vs South Africa in T20Is.
# Rudra Pratap Singh is the only bowler to take four wickets in India-South Africa T20Is - 4 for 13 at Durban on September 20, 2007.
# David Miller's unbeaten 23 off 12 balls is his highest at the World Twenty20 as well as highest against India in T20Is.
# Ajinkya Rahane (32 off 30 balls) has posted his highest score at the World Twenty20, obliterating the 19 vs Australia at Dhaka on March 30, 2014.
# Kohli and Yuvraj were involved in a 56-run partnership - India's second highest for the third wicket vs South Africa at the World Twenty20 - the highest being 88 between Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina at Gros Islet on May 2, 2010.
# South Africa's 172 for four is their highest losing score while batting first in Twenty20, outstripping the 165 for five against New Zealand at East London on December 23, 2012
# Virat Kohli's batting average in successful chases is superb in T20Is - his tally being 404 (101.00) in nine innings (five times not out).
# Kohli has become the first Indian player to record four fifties while chasing successfully in Twenty20.
# Kohli's magnificent 72 not out is the second highest score by an Indian player while chasing successfully at the World Twenty20. Kohli had recorded an unbeaten 78 off 61 balls against Pakistan at Colombo (RPS) on September 30, 2012.
# Kohli's tally of 242 (ave.121.00) in five matches, including three fifties, is the highest by any batsman in the present competition.
# Kohli has recorded his seventh fifty in T20Is - his fifth in chases. In a winning cause, he has registered six fifties - his average being 54.66 while aggregating 656 in 17 innings.
# Kohli has got his third Man of the Match award - his first against South Africa - in T20Is.
# Dale Steyn's economy rate of 11.36 is his second worst in T20Is - his worst being 12.50 during his spell of 4-0-50-0 against England at Bridgetown on May 8, 2010.
(Stats courtesy: Rajesh Kumar)