Captain Stuart Broad insisted England's batsmen are not vulnerable against spin despite Harbhajan Singh and Piyush Chawla guiding India to a thumping 90-run ICC World Twenty20 victory at the Premadasa Stadium.
After India had set Broad's side a challenging 171 for victory, several of England's top order seemed all at sea as they were bowled out for 80 - their lowest total in this format.
Veteran Harbhajan took four for 12 while leg-spinner Chawla finished with two for 13 to again raise the issue of England struggling to play the turning ball. Broad refuted that notion, though, saying: "I've seen the guys play spin extremely well, certainly in training, we've been learning in Sri Lanka and we've developed well."
He added: "We've had a really bad day but it doesn't affect our destiny."
The match was essentially a dead rubber, with both teams having qualified for the Super Eights stage by virtue of their respective victories against Afghanistan, but alarm bells may be ringing after their defeat to India.
The Nottinghamshire all-rounder did concede, however, that England's overall performance was well below par.
"It was all-round really," he said. "We were pretty happy with 170. We made a few mistakes in the field and we probably didn't hit our straps as well as we could have done but we didn't get it right with the bat at all.
"India got it very right - I thought they bowled very nicely. We played across the line a bit too much whereas against Afghanistan we struck the ball so straight and very cleanly."
- Harbhajan Singh
- Piyush Chawla