Johannesburg, Apr 5 ANI | 2 years ago

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has hailed batting star Virat Kohli's consistency for helping India clinch a slot in the World Twenty20 finals following their six-wicket win over South Africa in the semi-finals at Dhaka on Friday.

The win becomes India's second final in five World T20s after they won the inaugural event held in South Africa in 2007, and they will next face Sri Lanka in Dhaka on Sunday.

According to Sport24, chasing 173 to win, India was led by a swashbuckling knock of 72 not out by Kohli as they strolled to the target with five balls to spare, and Dhoni, who will lead India to a triple crown if his team win the final with the 2011 World Cup (50 overs) and 2013 Champions Trophy in the bag, praised the run chase.

Stating that belief in each other is more crucial than self-belief, Dhoni hailed Kohli, saying that there are not many players as consistent as Kohli, adding that it is good to have him play at No.3.

Kohli smashed five boundaries and two sixes off 44 balls in a brilliant display of batting, bringing up his seventh T20 fifty with a huge six off Imran Tahir and despite the loss off Yuvraj Singh (18) and Suresh Raina (21) kept the run-chase smooth, the report added.

(Posted on 05-04-2014)

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