India combined the old with the new to snatch the second T20 and return the series to all square at the first opportunity.
Skipper Virat Kohli has marshalled more successful run chases than some of his players have had net sessions and his 73 not out was at the heart of the seven wicket win.
But in the entertainment stakes it was 22 and 23-year-old young dashers Ishan Kishan, on debut, and the wondrous Rishabh Pant who stole the show.
The pair thrashed England’s bowlers around the mega bowl in Ahmedabad in the hunt for the 165 they needed and the 67,000 strong crowd loved it.
And with Kohli giving them the chance to cheer his every move right up until the final six that completed the chase, this was the ideal turnaround for the home side, sparked by winning the toss and chasing.
Batting first on a two paced, sluggish pitch, is precisely what England need to get better at before the World Cup comes around, especially if their million dollar batting lineup fail to put enough coins in the run-making meter.
Jason Roy’s 46 and four more scores over 20 threatened to put a giant total on the board, but England spluttered in their final five overs and perhaps found themselves 15-20 runs short.
Even so, they had their chances to win this game that they will be ruing.
After four overs India were 22-1 and shackled by the opening bursts of Sam Curran and Jofra Archer with the former dismissing KL Rahul for a duck in a rare wicket maiden.
The first ball of the fifth over could and should have seen Kohli dismissed by Chris Jordan for 10 when he flicked it down the legside and well within the diving Jos Buttler’s grasp.
Had the Indian skipper gone there and then, the home team would have been in danger of losing another three wickets in the powerplay and who knows how that may have restricted the approach of a young man making his debut at the other end.
Instead it was dropped, and three short overs later Kohli and Kishan had added 45 more runs and the game had swung definitively India’s way.
Jordan, then Tom Curran then Ben Stokes, all had overs to forget, leaving skipper Eoin Morgan to turn to his reliable leg spin wizard Adil Rashid.
Again the chance was created, as Kishan hit the ball straight down Stokes’ throat at long on only for one of the safest pair of hands in the game to drop a simple chance.
If Stokes and England didn’t know it wasn’t their day when Kohli outside edged a free hit for six the over before, they knew it wasn’t now.
When Kishan eventually fell for 56, there was to be no let up for England, as Pant picked up the gauntlet with a blistering 26 from just 13 balls.
All that was left was for Kohli to put his foot down and remind his IPL upstarts that the run chasing master still has a few miles left in the tank yet.