The two sides had met before in June 2022, when the 5-match series was drawn 2-2. This time India won 2-1. It was the first time India had won a bilateral series against SA at home. They had won series in SA earlier.
Here is a summary of all T20Is between the sides:
India still trails SA 6-5 at home, but leads 5-2 in SA and 3-1 at neutral venues. And India also won the first T20I World Championship in SA in 2007.
Overall, India leads 13-9.
We now look at individual performances, starting with
Most runs (200 and above):
Headed by current player RG Sharma with 405 runs. Miller has the highest for SA with 320.
RG Sharma, Raina and Miller are the only ones to score centuries. de Kock has the most 50+ scores with 4.
Highest innings (60 and above):
In this series Miller made 106* in the 2nd match, the highest score in matches between these sides. Rossouw made 100* in the 3rd match. Previously SA’s record against India was 81 by H Klaasen earlier in 2022. The best innings by India in this series was was 61 by SA Yadav.
There is not enough data for meaningful calculation of batting averages and strike rates.
Most wickets (6 and above):
Led by current player B Kumar with 14 wickets. From SA, three players have 8 wickets each.
B Kumar is the only one with a 5-for. He is also the only one with 2 4-fors.
Best innings bowling (includes all 3wi and above):
B Kumar has the best figures of 5-24 back in 2018. The best in this series were D Pretorius’s 3-26 and Arshdeep’s 3-32.
Meaningful calculation for bowling averages, economy rates and strike rates cannot be done here either.
Most dismissals (5 and above):
Fielders RG Sharma (10 catches) and SK Raina (9 catches) lead here. The best by a keeper is 7 by de Kock.
Most innings dismissals (3 and above):
Several players have made 3 dismissals. Karthik has made 2 stumpings as a keeper. Miller was the only fielder to take 3 catches in this series. Oddly, no one has made a catch as a keeper.
All-round match performance (Minimum 20 runs and 2 wickets):
Two similar performances by Yuvraj and Pretorius, but nothing worthwhile in this series.