The just-concluded bilateral series in India ended with an 1-1 draw with one washout.
Here is the complete story of these matches between the countries. India played its first-ever T20I in 2006. Their next matches were in the World T20 Championship (not World Cup!)
It may well be a record in any sport (not just cricket) where a national team won a major tournament having played only one match in that format earlier.
Since 2007 the teams have also met in one-off matches and in the World Championships.
There are only 17 matches, of which 2 were washed out.
And the results can be summarized here:
India enjoys a healthy 9-6 lead over SA in this format.
The only bilateral series of more than one match were in
2015 in India: SA won 2-0
2018 in SA: India won 2-0
2019 in India: Drawn 1-1.
The match in Mohali was the first time India had won a T20I at home against SA.
We now look at individual performances. The sample size is too small to make averages meaningful.
Most runs (100 and above):
RG Sharma and Raina are the only ones with centuries. RG Sharma and Duminy have the most 50+ scores at 3.
Highest innings scores (60 and above):
Note de Kock’s 79* in this series. It is the highest for SA in all T20Is against India, surpassing the 78 by CA Ingram in Jo’Burg in 2012. The previous highest for SA in India was 68* by Duminy in 2015.
Most wickets (5 and above):
HH Pandya is the only one from the current series. The only 5wi was by B Kumar in 2018.
Best innings bowling (all instances of 3wi and above):
Rabada’s 3-39 is the best from this series.
Most dismissals (4 and above):
The most by a pure keeper is 5 by Dhoni, while Raina and RG Sharma have 9 as fielders.
Also note de Villiers with 8 dismissals as keeper and non-keeper.
Most innings dismissals (3 and above):
Strangely Dhoni does not appear here.
KD Karthik took 1 catch as a fielder as well as 2 stumpings in the same match.
All-round performance in a match (20 runs and 2wi):
Only one, and it is not Kallis as you may think.