World champions or not, England were once again reminded of just how hard it is to win any kind of cricket in India with a 66-run humbling in Pune.
And it was their high octane style that let them down as they were fired out for 251 with just under eight overs still left in the innings.
Their commitment to going hard or going home was certainly to the fore as batsman after batsman went for their shots and no-one died wondering, only this time it didn’t pay off.
That is the 22nd defeat out of their last 27 ODI matches against India in India and they were a distant second best in every department perhaps bar the opening batsmen.
Not even the fastest of fast starts could power England all the way to their target of 318 despite the best efforts of Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow.
The duo drove, flicked, pulled and slogged the scoreboard to 135-0 in 14.1 overs. It was gloriously entertaining and reminiscent of the side in their pomp as they built for the 2019 World Cup.
But there are a couple of crucial ingredients missing from this team compared to the one that became World Champions and the unavailability of Joe Root at number three was felt the most.
Where Root would enter the stage and calmly tick the score along with low risk, classy options, much the same way Virat Kohli did in India’s innings, that reassurance was missing.
The promoted Ben Stokes took 11 balls to score his single run before being caught at cover, a far cry from his previous ODI, the World Cup final, when he scored 84 not out and 8 not out in the super over.
A captain’s knock was needed from Eoin Morgan who had to cope with split webbing in his hand from fielding.
He should have gone for a duck but Kohli’s fumble at slip let him off. Morgan couldn’t quite capitalise in the face of a brilliant spell from Shardul Thakur that shifted the game for good.
Bairstow was caught in the deep for a brutal 94, Morgan edged a short ball behind for 22 and Jos Buttler was adjudged lbw for just 2, all falling to the seamer.
From 169-2, England had slumped to 176-5 with Sam Billings and Moeen Ali fresh to the middle.
In times gone by this pair may well have helped carry England across the line, perhaps with a little help from Chris Woakes.
But there was no Woakes available and while both Billings and Moeen started well enough to add 41 together, their partnership was broken by debutant Prasidh Krishna and that was the death knell for the chase.
It was a good day for Indian debutants with Krishna finishing with 4-54 from 8.1 overs and Krunal Pandya, older brother of Hardik, scoring a blistering 58 not out before breaking down with emotion thinking of his late father who passed away in January.
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It was the fastest fifty on debut coming from just 26 balls, but he couldn’t bring himself to talk about it only saying: “This one was for my dad. It was an emotional moment.”
Shikhar Dhawan came closest to a ton with another typically stylish knock of 98 opening the innings, while KL Rahul found some long lost form at last.
But England’s attack once again fell short in the defensive stakes leaking 92 runs from the final seven overs that turned a good score into a giant one to chase.