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We will get better with our plans, says Smith

Chennai: Australia captain Steve Smith admitted that his side did not execute their plans properly during the first ODI against India here and vowed to come back stronger in the remaining matches of the series. "Would have been nice to have won the game. But it's the first in a five-match series and four (games are) left in the series. Would need to win three to win the series. (We) got to come back hard in a couple of days' time. It did not work out as we would have liked. Hopefully, we would turn things around in Kolkata," Smith said at the post-match press conference. "The rain came and it was obviously never going to be easy chasing 160 with the new balls. We could have perhaps played a little bit differently and try to take a little bit more time upfront. We have to get better with our plans," he said. Australia fell short by 26 runs while chasing 164 for a win from 21 overs under D/L method, and Smith said the partnership between Hardik Pandya-M S Dhoni in the India innings turned out to be the game-changer. Pandya and Dhoni stitched 118 runs together for the sixth wicket to scrip a brilliant recovery act for India after the top-half was blown away for only 87 runs. "They (Pandya and Dhoni) put a 120-odd and took them from 87 to 206. In the end, that proved to be a match-winning partnership. We started very well with the new ball but MS and Hardik played very well," he said.
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