Anything Virat Kohli can do, Jos Buttler can do better.
At least that is the simple way of carving up the third T20 that England won by eight wickets, with these two giants of the format operating on the highest of planes.
Kohli's knock of 77 not out from 46 balls set the bar on another pitch that appeared to get easier to bat on as the day wore on, and without him, India wouldn't have got anywhere near their 156-6.
But even with conditions favouring the side batting second, the sheer audacity, and clinical brilliance from Buttler stole the show and the game for England with 10 balls to spare.
Opening the batting Buttler's 83 not out from 52 balls was a masterclass in T20 batting, from the flicks and reverse sweeps to the forceful straight hitting down the ground, it had the lot.
And as far as former T20 skipper Stuart Broad is concerned it has ended any debate about where Buttler must bat in this T20 side.
“There is no debate for me,” said Broad. “He is phenomenal opening the batting. He is the best white ball player, he can win you the game so you just want him facing as many balls as possible.”
Perhaps most satisfying of all was they way that Buttler did exactly that and saw the game home with Jonny Bairstow's 40 not out hurrying the finish.
That is a key feature of Kohli's career and the Indian skipper will be cursing himself at failing to put a stop to it when he had the chance.
The fielding from both teams in this series so far as been dubious and Kohli really should have taken a straightforward catch to remove Buttler on 76 off a reverse sweep to put a little bit of pressure on a new man coming in.
It may not have altered the result with Bairstow in a pugnacious mood, but the contrast between the white ball and Kohli's red cheeks were there for all to see.
On another day, Kohli's innings might have been enough to see his side to victory after rescuing them from 24-3 and 87-5 to post a half decent total.
Former Indian keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik described Kohli as “starting like a Corolla and finishing like a Ferrari” in the perfect assessment of an innings that was put on the back foot by the pace of Mark Wood.
Wood was outstanding as he cranked it up to 95 miles per hour once again to claim 3-31 including the two opening scalps in the powerplay.
But his figures were 3-14 until Kohli took him for 17 in his final over, reminding everyone that pace alone against the very best in the world is not enough.
“I was pleased to get those wickets early on,” said Wood. “That last over went for a few, but that can happen against one of the best in the world.
“Virat is a great player and you want to test yourself against the best. I'm glad we managed to get over the line this time though.”
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