Kochi: If you needed a punctuation mark to describe this game, you would reach out for a big bold exclamation mark and colour it a deep crimson red. The Kochi scorecard was stunningly woeful at the end of the four sensational overs: "0 4 0 0 0 0" were the scores of the batsmen sucker-punched by Ishant Sharma, who harassed them with seam and bounce. And Kochi never recovered from that soul-crushing spell from Ishant.
The hair bobbed away in the air in characteristic fashion as he ran in, the fingers was behind the seam and the wrists snapped at the release, and the length was nearly always full. The first has been an ever-present theme with him in good and bad days, the second image hasn't been always consistently repeated, and the third was a pleasant surprise.