“I was prepared to play even though there was still some pain. I started off slowly by playing quite a few dot balls. Initially, I couldn’t manoeuvre the ball through the gaps but I knew that once I got over that phase and stayed till the end, we could set a competitive total,” said the 27-year-old. Apart from his clean and powerful striking of the ball, another noticeable feature of his innings was how he ran like a hare between the wickets under the scorching sun. “Any total is chaseable on this ground. It’s always important to score those 10 extra runs which give us the cushion. It was extremely hot and both their spinners bowled well and to the field. It wasn’t easy to score and we had to constantly look for ones and twos whenever we failed to score boundaries,” explained Vijay Shankar, who as a result of the oppressive heat was seen cramping in the later stages of the match.