England's defeat by five wickets was emphatic but respectable enough. They were pitched against a highly motivated and experienced India side, still smarting from their defeat in the Test series, and England lacked the firepower or the form to test them. But for many of Eoin Morgan's young Twenty20 side this was still a valuable experience.
For India some sort of order was restored. The England captain Eoin Morgan and his men could produce no miracles and India won the first of the two Twenty20 matches, bizarrely scheduled at the end of this tour, by five wickets with 13 balls to spare.
On Thursday in a new concrete bowl 25km outside of Pune a motley collection of young English cricketers, under the leadership of Eoin Morgan, take on a much more experienced India team still smarting from their Test-series defeat. This may have passed you by.
England secured a brilliant Test series win in India but how do they progress forward from the success?
Suddenly the future looks bright again.
Rana Malook looks back at how England recovered from a crushing defeat in Ahmedabad to record a historic Series win in India.
England held India off in the final Test match of the series to secure a 2-1 win and the first series win in India for 27 years.
In the final minutes of the Test, as England idled towards the draw that would secure their first series win in India in a generation, the TV cameras closed in.
Test matches do not exist in isolation; they bleed into each other as the narrative of a series develops.
India were hoping to avenge their 4-0 loss to England in 2011, but ended up being outplayed again and there are serious questions for how they move on from here, with star names looking well past their peak.
The launch of the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack typically signifies the start of summer and it usually manages to sum up the state of the game in its 'Notes by the editor' section.
They say a change of scenery is as good as a rest and Alastair Cook looks to have benefited from both if the performance of England’s Test captain on day one of this opening tour match is anything to go by.