WC T20: Virat Kohli was the star in India's 2014 semifinal win vs South Africa

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Mumbai, March 29: Can Virat Kohli produce another gem in the semifinal clash against the West Indies at the Wankhede Stadium here on Wednesday (March 31)? [10 facts about India-WI semifinal]

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Well, going by the record books, Kohli was the man of the match the last time India played in the semifinal of the T20 World Cup in 2014, in Bangladesh. His unbeaten 72 off 67 balls helped India reach a challenging target of 173 against South Africa with six wickets in hand. [Kohli breaks Gayle's record]

 

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Kohli, who was adjudged the man of the series in that tournament played in Bangladesh, came out at No. 3 after the fall of Rohit Sharma and stayed the till the last over when India gathered their winning run. He hit five boundaries and two sixes in that match and put up crucial partners with Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina to overhaul the target. [Has Virat Kohli eclipsed Sachin Tendulkar in India's cricket history?]

Kohli also looks a front-runner to pick the man of the series award in this year's T20 World Cup following his two match-winning knocks against Pakistan (55 not out off 37 balls) and Australia (82 not out off 51 balls) in the group stage. [Tough to find new adjectives for Kohli everyday, say journalists]

In the 2014 edition, Kohli scored 319 runs in six matches (strike rate of 129.44) while he has scored 184 runs in four matches (SR 132.37) so far in this edition. He is currently ranked third in the list of the highest-scorers after Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal and Afghanistan's Mohammad Shahzad.

 

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