A couple of solid connections in the closing moments of the second T20, and England could already have wrapped up the three-match series with a game to spare. Instead, Jasprit Bumrah's nervelessness at the death delivered India a five-run victory in a thrilling encounter at Nagpur.
And so, the spoils will be decided in the third and final contest at Bangalore on Wednesday, and in spite of their shortcomings on Sunday, England's stronger showing in the shorter format means it is harder than at any previous time this winter to pick a winner in advance. According to the odds-setters at Bet365, India remain slight favourites at 4/5, with England not far behind at 1/1.
Bumrah's Nagpur heroics have earned him top billing in the top team bowler stakes. He is 3/1 to lead the line for India, with Ashish Nehra, another key performer in the second T20, at 7/2. For England, it's a four-way tie at 4/1 between five players. For a fraction more value, Ben Stokes is available at 9/2.
Joe Root endured a tough time during his run-a-ball 38, falling to a disputed lbw with victory in sight, although he had been struggling at that stage to wind himself up for the big shot that England so desperately needed. Nevertheless, his class as England's pace-maker remains indisputable, and he is 3/1 to be their top-scorer in the decider.