England lost their last eight wickets for eight runs as India powered to a 75-run win in the third Twenty20 in Bangalore to take the series 2-1.
Chasing 203, England were 117-2 with eight overs to go after three Eoin Morgan sixes in a Suresh Raina over.
But leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (6-25) got Morgan and Joe Root in successive balls and England fell to 127 all out.
Raina and MS Dhoni both made half-centuries in India’s 202-6, while Yuvraj Singh blasted 27 from 10 balls.
That total was around par on a surface ideal for batting, but the sort of collapse that characterised the Test series loss means that England have been beaten in all three formats.
Although Morgan’s men competed best in the T20s, they have lost a series in which they won the toss on all three occasions.
Whereas their bowlers impressed in the opening two matches, here they were blitzed, with the batsmen falling in a familiar heap against leg-spin.
Their slump was the second-worst eight-wicket collapse in the history of international cricket – New Zealand lost 8-5 in a Test against Australia in 1946.
Only once before in all T20 cricket, either international or domestic, has a side lost eight wickets for eight runs or fewer.
England captain Eoin Morgan: “We made a fatal error in losing two ‘in’ batsmen when we were going so well. It really hurt us. You have to give credit where credit is due, congratulations to the Indian team.
“With the benefit of hindsight, we could have done with Joe or I to see out the innings. It’s a beautiful wicket to bat on with a small boundary we would have taken conceding 190/200 at the beginning at the game.”
England coach Trevor Bayliss speaking to Sky Sports: “The way we finished tonight is not an indication of the way we have played on this tour. But we have to give credit, India have played better than us.
“We’re not world-class players of spin yet and it is difficult to knock the ball over the fence. I’d like to see our guys hit down the wicket rather than sweep sometimes.
“A lot of times the guys have been out playing across the line but that’s something we can learn from and make sure we’re better at next time we play here.”
India captain Virat Kohli: “This was an occasion that demanded us to be at our best. Everyone was looking forward to this game. We lost all three tosses but won the series. We have shown character to win all three series.”