Chasing a competitive target of 173, India completed the task with five balls to spare to reach their second World T20 final. The reigning ODI world champion will lock horns with Sri Lanka in the title clash on Sunday.
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni deliberately played a dot ball to ensure that the day's hero get a chance to score the winning stroke off Dale Steyn.
Kohli produced his best T20 international knock when it mattered the most, scoring his runs in just 44 balls and with the help of five fours and two sixes. It was a fantastic knock on a difficult track that was not conducive for stroke-making.
Suresh Raina's 21 off nine balls was equally important in the final context of the match as India reached the final for the first time since the inaugural edition in South Africa.
Needing 51 off the last five overs, Kohli upped the ante as he smacked Imran Tahir over deep mid-wicket for a huge six to complete his 50 off 35 balls. But Tahir got a break when Yuvraj Singh (18) didn't get the elevation and A B de Villiers took one of the best catches of the tourney, running from his long-on position.


New man Raina got into the act immediately as he pulled Wayne Parnell behind deep fine leg for a six to bring down the equation. An uppishly played shot through vacant third man and an inside edge meant that Parnell gave away 17 runs. The over proved to be the turning point as India got the equation down to 23 from three overs.
Indian started the chase with a flurry of boundaries, including three in JP Duminy's first over. Ajinkya Rahane's was a backfoot punch through the covers while Rohit Sharma got an edge through slips and banged the next past mid-off as 14 came off the opening over.
Albie Morkel got the new ball from the other end and Rohit's spanking square cut got him his third boundary. His fourth boundary came when he pulled Morkel over the mid-wicket fielder.

With 23 from two overs, India's chase was on the right track. Dale Steyn was promptly brought in and the last ball of his opening over was slashed over point by Rohit for a six. Not to be left behind, Rahane did the same with left-arm seamer Hendricks.
However, Rohit was gone when he offered a skier off Hendricks, as skipper Faf Du Plessis ran from his mid-off position to take well-judged catch. Rohit's 24 came off 13 balls with four boundaries and six.
The 50 came off five overs as Rahane moved towards the leg-side to lift Parnell over extra cover for a huge six.
Parnell had his revenge when he bowled one just short of length and Rahane's short arm jab was taken by de Villiers, running from mid-wicket boundary position. Rahane took 30 balls for his 32 that had two fours and a six.
Kohli played himself in and his first big shot was a six off Duminy. When Hendricks bowled a short one, Kohli pulled him behind square as the 100 came up in the 13th over. The script then pretty much unfolded on expected lines as India romped home comfortably.
Earlier, Du Plessis came back from his one-match suspension with an attractive half-century as South Africa posted a challenging total. Riding on Du Plessis' 58 off 41 balls and senior campaigner Jean-Paul Duminy's 40-ball 45, the Proteas scored their highest total against India in the tournament so far.
David Miller's 12-ball 23 helped to prop up the total. Barring Ravichandran Ashwin, who had brilliant figures of three for 22 from his four overs, other Indian bowlers had a disappointing day in office.
Amit Mishra gave his worst performance (0/36 in three overs) of the tournament, even as Dhoni was unable to complete the quota of his three specialist bowlers.
The most impressive part about South Africa's batting was that their batsmen did not try to fight the conditions. Du Plessis showed the virtue of spending some time before going on the ascendancy, while the seasoned Duminy also played an important hand in the team's total.

India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (c), Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohit Sharma
South Africa: Faf du Plessis (c), Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, David Miller, Albie Morkel, Dale Steyn, Beuran Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Wayne Parnell.


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