Virat Kohli notched up a resilient half-century (76 off 59 balls, including 6 fours and 2 sixes) as India managed to reach 176 for seven in the T20 World Cup final against South Africa on Saturday, despite early challenges.

India, having won the toss and chosen to bat, found themselves at 34 for three by the fifth over. Early dismissals included skipper Rohit Sharma (9), Rishabh Pant (0), and Suryakumar Yadav (3). However, Kohli and Axar Patel (47 off 31 balls) breathed new life into India's innings with their impressive partnership, while Shivam Dube (27 off 16 balls) also contributed significantly.

South Africa's bowling was led by Keshav Maharaj (3-0-23-2) and Anrich Nortje (4-0-26-2), who each claimed two wickets. India's total of 176 is the highest in a T20 World Cup final for a team batting first. In Bridgetown, Barbados, the highest successful chase in a day T20 match stands at 173.