Silence of the day
Simon and Garfunkel were definitely onto something, but if you truly want to appreciate the sound of silence, pay a visit to the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on the day that Virat Kohli runs himself out in the second over of a series-deciding T20. Kohli, the local hero and scorer of three IPL centuries at the ground for Royal Challengers Bangalore, cut a skittish presence throughout his four-ball stay. Twice he hustled through for quick singles after defending the ball at his feet, but at the third time of asking, he demanded that his partner, KL Rahul, take on the lightning reflexes of Chris Jordan. Understandably, Rahul declined the invitation, and Kohli was left gesturing limply to his partner as Jordan pinged off the bails in his follow-through. The collective intake of breath caused eardrums to pop in neighbouring continents, And in the naked light I saw / Ten thousand people, maybe more / People talking without speaking.
Umpiring error of the day
Shortly before the toss, umpire C Shamsuddin withdrew from his on-field umpires after complaining of an illness. Shamsuddin had attracted England's ire after giving two contentious decisions in the second T20I, in particular the key dismissal of Joe Root in the last over of England's run-chase. Anil Chaudhary did inadvertently redress the balance when, in the eighth over, Rahul was bowled for 22 by Ben Stokes. Replays soon showed that Stokes had overstepped, but Rahul by that stage was confined to the pavilion, contemplating one of his more luckless days at the office.
Milestone of the day
It is coming up for a decade since MS Dhoni upgraded his status from "star" to "legend", when he captained India to the maiden World T20 title, and in the process, laid the groundwork for the short-form revolution that followed. Few stats, therefore, could be more curious than the one he laid to rest today - finally, after 76 matches and more than 1200 runs, Dhoni recorded his maiden T20 fifty. A lot of that could be attributed to his lack of opportunity for a longer stay - this was only the 14th occasion in which he had come in higher than No. 5. But he made it count in fine style, reaching his landmark from 32 balls with four fours and two sixes, before falling in the final over for 56 from 36.
Dismissal of the day
A lot is made of the extreme pace that Tymal Mills can bring to T20 cricket. But, as Yuvraj Singh discovered to his cost, Mills' slower ball is really the one to watch. It took a stunning delivery to end a stunning cameo, with Yuvraj clattering three sixes and a four in his ten-ball stay, all of them off Jordan. However, he had no response to his very next delivery from Mills, who throttled a full 50kph off his top speed, leaving Yuvraj fencing futilely for a ball that performed a disappearing act in mid-flight, not dissimilar to Chris Cairns' infamous doodlebug to Chris Read in 1999. The ball clipped the splice, and lobbed through to Jos Buttler, as Yuvraj trooped off shaking his head, with 27 runs to his name.
Shot of the day
Jason Roy survived a frenzied appeal for lbw off the first ball of England's innings (it wouldn't have hit a second set, not that Ashish Nehra seemed to care) and had been limited to a scrambled leg bye in the opening over when he decided, rather abruptly, to change his approach against the spinner, Yuzvendra Chahal. Without even bothering with a sighter, he went into full KP-tribute mode by flipping his stance and launching a massive swept six into the stands at square leg. It was an eye-popping combination of power and timing, and a stunning misrepresentation of what Chahal would soon do to England's innings ...