He and Hardik Pandya closed out the match with eight balls to spare. Not one, not two, but five superb catches, showed his exemplary level of fitness.
A lofted drive from Pandya, who made an unbeaten 33 from 14 balls, secured an impressive victory from India in front of a packed crowd.
The bowlers had their moments, certainly. He's confident with his skills with bat and ball.
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With India winning the first match and England returning the favour in the next, this game will decide who bags the series. He smashed Willey for a six and two fours in the 18th over to take India to within touching distance of the target. Dhoni took a simple catch.
But India's strength in depth meant the runs just kept coming. "That's what we tried to replicate becuse on this ground, taking wickets is a priority", he said.
Asked if the conversation with Root is among the toughest he has had as captain, Morgan said: "Yes".
Rohit Sharma's blazing 56 ball 100 has been well accompanied by Hardik Pandya's all round performance. He put the blame on the batting collapse in the death overs.
A six brought up Roy's half-century from 23 balls - the joint second quickest for England in T20s - and the hosts looked set for a total in excess of 200. The opening match of the series will be played on 12 July.
Dhoni got to the 50-mark when he snaffled the risky Jason Roy caught behind off debutant Deepak Chahar's bowling.
When Jonny Bairstow was caught behind by Dhoni off Hardik Pandya, he achieved this feat. And that difference cost England the match - believes England skipper Eoin Morgan. The execution wasn't up to scratch.
"We have a fantastic staff and leaders who are giving us huge confidence to go and express ourselves". But the expected players failed to keep rocking in the ground. "India played better than us". At one point we thought they would get 225-230. "India never really got away from us, but we struggled to take wickets (during the chase)", said Morgan.
"It was a brutal day for the bowlers". We had to make the batsmen feel like they would make mistakes. We lost the last game, and it was a decider.
With just 9 runs to defend, England did not have much on their plate, Rohit Sharma completed his century, a brilliantly constructed inning. Once we see off the new ball, we always knew wicket was a good one with short boundaries.