Over by over, the wire separating these teams shortened and tightened. With Dawid Malan in support, Root sensed the potential for something very special. Cricket is a batsman's game, in the sense that the power rests in his hands. This was apparent in the contrasting demeanour of the captains. Root was urging himself on - if he could concentrate, he could win this thing – while Smith, at slip, fretted and cursed and rolled his eyes. And then a catch went down: Malan, edging Lyon, to Smith. In and out of the right hand. A difficult catch, to be sure, but the type of catch the Australians were gobbling up one short day ago.