England scored not-enough-runs and then India made slightly more. England’s wasn’t so much a one-day innings as an impression of a one-day innings; an approximation involving steady accumulation and later acceleration, only without either segment being quite what it should have been.
We get the impression that Alastair Cook had given a pre-match rallying speech along these lines:
“Come on! Let’s lose this! Let’s go out there, give it not quite our best shot and lose this.
“I don’t want you to go out there, risking everything in pursuit of victory. I’d far rather we acquiesced to defeat and secured it in a slightly more respectable manner. Batsmen: establish the optimum balance between risk and reward and then drop it down a few notches.
“If we do this, we should end up with a total that won’t be chased down too soon, but which isn’t so intimidating that India will feel they really need to go after the bowling. Let’s lose this lads! Let’s lose this in unremarkable fashion.”
Assuming this is what happened – mission accomplished.