Cook’s tourists slump to 127-run loss in Kochi.
England captain Alastair Cook admitted that his side had been totally outplayed by India in the second one-day international in Kochi.
The tourists slumped to a disappointing 127-run defeat to leave the five-match series tied at 1-1, with the third match to be played in Ranchi.
“That last 10-over spell of 100 runs really cost us,” said Cook in the post-match ceremony. “Up until then we were in the game.
“You can say we weren’t quite at the races today for whatever reason.”
“[The pitch] spun a little bit more but you can’t use that as an excuse for why we didn’t win the game,” said Cook. “We got outskilled and outplayed today so it’s tough.
“Credit to India, they put us under pressure – especially their batting after the first 10 overs. But it’s important to remember it’s 1-1 in the series so it’s all to play for.”
Meanwhile, India sipper MS Dhoni praised his team’s all-round efforts, saying: “I think everyone performed really well.
“We didn’t get off to a good start. It was a bit tough for the openers with the ball seaming around a bit.
“But Yuvraj batted great, he gave us that platform along with Virat Kohli and then we were in a fantastic position to cash in.
“It was a fantastic innings by Jadeja. We thought the wicket would dry up and the spinners would not get a bit of turn.
“But I was wrong. There was plenty of turn for the spinners and I think Jadeja made the most of it so at the end of the day we had plenty of runs.”
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