England captain Alastair Cook refused to make any excuses after his side suffered a crushing 127-run defeat at the hands of India in the second one-day international at Kochi.
India overcame a sluggish start, with the pitch giving plenty of assistance to England's bowlers, to post a formidable total of 285-6 after they had won the toss.
Crucial to the home side's success was captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (72 not out off 66 balls) and man of the match Ravindra Jadeja (61no off 37 balls) adding in excess of 100 runs in the final 10 overs.
That gave Dhoni's men all the momentum they needed as England's chase was undermined by the regular fall of wickets en route to being bowled out for 158 after 36 overs.
But while Cook paid tribute to their opponents he insists - with the five-match series now level at 1-1 - England are by no means down and out.
"That last 10-over spell of 100 runs really cost us. Up until then we were in the game and a couple of wickets would have changed the game," Cook said at a post-match presentation screened by Sky Sports.
"Chasing 240-250 was probably gettable. It (the pitch) spun a little bit more but you can't use that as an excuse for why we didn't win the game. We got outskilled and outplayed today so it's tough.
"But the important thing to remember is it it's 1-1 in the series now so it's all to play for.
"I think you can say we weren't quite at the races today for whatever reason but credit to India, they put us under pressure - especially their batting after the first 10 overs."