India swept to another comfortable victory in the ODI series against England, taking an unassailable 2-0 lead after triumphing by six wickets at Trent Bridge.
It was a familiar tale: England were asked to bat first and made a steady start against the seamers.
But having scored slowly, the opening batsmen lost their wickets without a defining score, and a collapse against spin followed, leaving England no chance of posting an imposing total.
The bowling attack was earnest but unable to take the wickets they required, and India had plenty in reserve to get over the line.
There are two games to go in the series, but on current form, it is hard to see England winning either.
Alastair Cook and Alex Hales gave themselves a chance—the platform of 82 in 18 overs saw both men get set, but once again, the platform subsided underneath their feet.
A sweep to Suresh Raina, held by MS Dhoni behind the stumps, accounted for Hales, while Cook could not survive much longer, stumped off the bowling of Ambati Rayudu for 44.
Ravindra Jadeja gave little away, picking up Eoin Morgan's wicket in a 10-over spell for 38 runs, while Ravi Ashwin grabbed three wickets as England tied themselves up in knots.
The boundaries dried up, and the more aggressive players, such as Jos Buttler, found themselves having to scratch around and rebuild.
Astonishing that England hit one boundary between the 18th and 44th overs. That's right a solitary 4 in 25 overs! 😓— Mike Haysman (@MikeHaysman) August 30, 2014
The only consolation was that they did not get shot out even more cheaply, but 227 from their 50 overs, propped up by a quickfire cameo of 30 from James Tredwell, was unlikely to be enough.
And so it proved.
India's batting order was slightly reshuffled after Rohit Sharma's injury ruled him out, but even though England picked up the occasional wicket, they had more than enough to chase down the target.
Chris Woakes managed to get Shikhar Dhawan's scalp, the left-hander crashing the ball to Morgan at point.
Steven Finn, back in England colours, accounted for Ajinkya Rahane. After a troubled winter that saw him dropped from England action, this return was a welcome sight.
Cook's tactics were questioned—his focus appeared to be defensive rather than taking the wickets that defending such a low score made necessary.
The sooner England accept they can't play Modern style ODI cricket the sooner they might play it a little better....— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 30, 2014
But after Virat Kohli managed his best score of the tour so far—a 40—the end was in sight, and Rayudu and Raina combined to do the rest.
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