Virat Kohli scripts another record; becomes only the 2nd player in history
After winning the toss, Rohit Sharma decided to bat first. India had a poor start with KL Rahul registering his third successive single-digit score and got out for 9 off 14. Rohit also got out early for 15 runs. However, Virat Kohli looked good and struck two glorious boundaries.
But he also got out after scoring 12 runs. However, with his little knock of 12 runs, Virat creates another record in the history of the T20 World Cup, as he has now become only the second player to cross the 1000-run mark in T20 World Cup history.
Kohli has scored a total of 1001 runs in 22 innings at an average of 83.41 and a strike rate of 131.71. He has also scored 12 half-centuries, which is the most by any batter in ICC events. The former Indian skipper is just behind former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene.
Prior to the game against South Africa, Virat needed 28 runs to break Jayawardene's record. But he got out for 12, so now he needs another 16 runs to do so. Jayawardene has 1016 runs in 31 innings at an average of 39.07 and a strike rate of 134.74.
Virat is also the leading run-scorer as an Indian in this ICC event. The next batter is the Indian captain, Rohit Sharma (with 919 runs). Kohli has already scored two half-centuries so far. He made 82* off 53 against Pakistan and then 62 off 44 against Netherlands.
Speaking of the game, batting first, India lost half their side for just 49 runs in 8.3 overs. But it was Suryakumar Yadav who played a brilliant knock of 68 runs off 40 balls to help India reach a respectable total of 133/9 in their 20 overs.
In reply, South Africa also had a poor start with 24/3 in 5.4 overs. But after that, Aiden Markram and David Miller added an important fourth wicket partnership of 76 runs to take their team back into chase. Markram made 52 off 41 and got out.
But Miller stayed unbeaten on 59* off 46 to seal the deal for South Africa. With this win, the Proteas are at the top of Group 2 with 5 points in three games, while India is second with 4 points in three matches. These two teams are likely to advance to the semis.