India were in rebuilding mode after England's bowlers made a fine start to the second one-day international in Kochi.
Between 55,000 and 65,000 fans crammed into the Nehru Stadium for what was expected to be another high-scoring affair, but the deafening noise quickly subsided when both India's openers fell for single figures inside five overs.
Steven Finn and Jade Dernbach both took a wicket, before Yuvraj Singh (32 not out) and Virat Kohli (16no) set about a reconstruction job that saw the hosts to 71 for two after 15 overs.
Finn started with admirable control given the white hot atmosphere, conceding just four runs in his first two overs.
At the other end Dernbach saw his third delivery disappear for five wides down the leg side but he hit back in admirable fashion in his second over.