On the other hand, Rohit Sharma is the only other Indian batsman behind Kohli with more than 900 runs in the tournament’s history.
Pakistan would hope that they beat the Netherlands on Sunday and India defeat South Africa later on the day to keep their hopes alive for the semifinal berth.
India have won 13, lost nine while one match was abandoned in 23 previous T-20Is against the Proteas.
India are the current table toppers of the group with victories over Pakistan and the Netherlands
On Sunday, Perth Stadium will witness the clash between India's batters and South Africa's bowlers in a highly-anticipated Group 2 match.
Vice-captain Shreyas Iyer struck a magnificent 113 not out while Ishan Kishan slammed a scintillating 93 to give India an emphatic seven-wicket victory over South Africa in the second ODI at JSCA International Stadium on Sunday.
Opting to bowl in the rain-hit 40-over-a-side game, India started on the right note reducing South Africa to 110 for 4 in 22.4 overs before David Miller and Heinrich Klaasen hit strokeful half-centuries to guide South Africa to 249 for 4.
Pushed into batting first, South Africa were troubled by the movement for the Indian pacers caused by moisture of the pitch due to rain causing delay in proceedings for nearly two hours.
Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ravi Bishnoi have been handed debuts in ODI cricket as India won the toss and elected to bowl first against South Africa in the series opener at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium here on Thursday.
After securing a come-from-behind 2-1 series win over Australia, Indian team has now landed in Thiruvananthapuram to take on the Temba Bavuma-led South Africa side in a three-match T20I series, starting from September 28.
In the run-up to the match, heavy rain was forecasted for match day, especially around the start timing. Rain had also affected the semi-finals of the 2021/22 Ranji Trophy in the city this week. Just as players from both teams were to begin the proceedings at 7pm, rain began.
Keshav Maharaj lavished praise on veteran India wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik for his blistering knock
If millennium city Cuttack could give match-day feels during team India’s practice session, imagine the degree of craze and excitement among fans on the match day. Here are some glimpses from the Barabati Stadium ahead of the T20I encounter between India and South Africa.
Wishing new skipper Rishabh Pant all the luck, Rahul admitted that he is gutted and the development is hard to accept. He also mentioned that he was looking forward to leading India for the first time at home.
While Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have been rested, KL Rahul will lead the team.
BCCI has reportedly allowed full seating capacity in the stadiums for the upcoming India vs South Africa T20 series
On the other hand, Temba Bavuma led South Africa made just one change in their playing XI as Dwaine Pretorius came in place of Tabraiz Shamsi.
In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minimum over-rate offences, players are fined 20 percent of their match fee for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time.
Stand-in skipper KL Rahul on Tuesday confirmed that he will open the batting for India in the three-match ODI series against South Africa, starting here on Wednesday, in the absence of Rohit Sharma.
Keegan Petersen shined with a classy 82 as South Africa defeated India by seven wickets to win the series-deciding third Test at the Newlands Cricket Ground on Friday.