This morning in Dharamsala, India defeated a top-of-the-table matchdown by four wickets, solidifying their position at the top of the standings and highlighting the disparity between the finest and the rest.
After winning their first four matches, New Zealand planned to contend for the former. But the hosts astonished even more by defeating several other contenders before neatly adding the Black Caps.
Mitchell joined Ravindra, who survived allegations of lbw dismissal after was dumped on 12. The 23-year-old gained confidence and fired perfect strokes around the ground, launching a remarkable recovery.
Ravindra and Mitchell hit Kuldeep Yadav for six in the same over when the spinners were off. Mitchell liked it, repeating that shot down the ground three times as scoring surged during the middle overs.
They looked good for 300 when Mitchell was dropped on 59 and 69. After Shami removed Ravindra to break the partnership and Tom Latham lasted only seven balls, the Black Caps collapsed.
India liked the early batting conditions, as Rohit blasted 11 off Matt Henry's first ball and placed Trent Boult on the ropes. Rohit and Shubman Gill timed their runs well, hitting 44 of their first 52 runs in boundaries to reach 50 in eight overs.
After adding Gill, the speedster kept running, until halted by a heavy fog that held players off for 10 minutes. That coincided with more misfields than New Zealand would take, giving India unnecessary runs.
India won for the second time in 10 ICC events against the team since 1992. If they play again next month, the home team will likely score three.