Virat Kohli accepted that India were outplayed by England after a seven-wicket victory put the tourists ahead in the three-match Twenty20 series.
Kohli has led his side to victories in the Test and one-day international series, but Eoin Morgan's side struck first in Kanpur, comfortably chasing down 148 with 11 balls to spare.
Morgan top-scored with 51 and Joe Root added an unbeaten 46 - the pair combining for 83 runs in a belligerent third-wicket stand - after England's bowlers had impressively tempered a powerful India line-up.
Kohli - opening in a T20 international for just the third time - contributed 29 before he was ousted by man-of-the-match Moeen Ali (2-21) and will hope to respond in Sunday's second match in Nagpur.
"Certainly, England have played better cricket than us today. We accept that. With the ball, in the field and with the bat, they were precise," Kohli said after the match.
"Today England performed the way we know they can. Credit to their bowlers for bowling hard lengths, they extracted pace and bounce. As I said, they were precise.
"England got an explosive start at the top. There are things we need to address and learn from this game. This is a format you need to enjoy and have to play at your intense best."
Morgan's ODI side had set new records for totals in India in losing their first two games of the 50-over series, before responding with a win in the third and final game.
But the captain hailed this as their best outing, highlighting the efforts of Tymal Mills (1-27) and the rest of England's attack.
"It was a complete performance, as complete as we've produced on his trip," Morgan said.
"Winning the toss and bowling is extra pressure on the bowlers and I thought we handled that really well. Tymal and Chris [Jordan] showed exactly why they're in the side. They were outstanding.
"Our bowlers were outstanding tonight. Moeen Ali in particular showed great resolve. We showed a lot of experience.
"Sam Billings and Jason Roy did outstandingly well. Sam has taken his two chances when he's had the opportunity."