England v India, only T20, Edgbaston September 7, 2014

Roy's reverse entry, the dozy Samson

Plays of the day from the only T20I between England and India

All because of you: R Ashwin dropped a catch as Karn Sharma got too close to him © Getty Images

The shot

It is your international debut. You are opening the innings. The opposition captain has put you in an unusual position by opening the bowling with a spinner. The two deep fielders are long-on and deep midwicket, covering the shots with the turn of the offspinner. You face first ball with respect, and reverse-sweep the second ball you face in international cricket. For four. Welcome, Jason Roy.

The drop

In the fifth over of the match, Joe Root tried to pull one from Mohammed Shami that was not short enough, and managed just a soft top edge. The ball lobbed towards the square-leg umpire, an area Ian Gould vacated in earnest. R Ashwin got under the catch assuredly, but he didn't seem to call for it. Nor did Karn Sharma, who moved in from short fine leg. Eventually it was left to Ashwin to take it, but he possibly had Karn in his peripheral vision and dropped it. As soon as he dropped it, Ashwin gestured towards the debutant, which meant Karn was a factor in his dropping it.

The landmark shot

At the start of the 10th over, Virat Kohli chipped down the wicket and chipped James Tredwell over extra cover for four. A good shot to watch. But there was more significance to it. With that hit, in his 15th international innings of the tour, Kohli reached 40 for the second time. In the 13th over, when Kohli dug one full ball out, he reached his first fifty of the tour.

The dozy 12th man

It is almost a custom nowadays, especially in the high-octane Twenty20 format, for the 12th man to run onto the field when a wicket falls. He carries drinks, towels and gloves for the unbeaten batsman. When Shikhar Dhawan fell in the 11th over, though, Kohli had to wave his arms to catch the attention of his 12th man, Sanju Samson. The drink delivered, Samson's misery hadn't quite ended. The first ball Suresh Raina played chipped the toe of his bat. As it is, it would have been difficult for him to convince umpire Ian Gould to stop the play to get a new bat, but it turned out the 12th man wasn't ready with the replacement bats when Raina successfully finished his convincing. Another delay.

The double attack
MS Dhoni stepped out and whipped the first ball of the 16th over square on the leg side. Gould at square leg had to take quick evasive action, but he had barely recovered from it when Moeen Ali's rocket throw from deep square fizzed past his head. A character himself, Gould got into a mock altercation with Moeen, throwing up his arms, and throwing his hat down to the ground.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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