Australia's Adam Zampa says a simple case of bad execution was to blame as India star Hardik Pandya blazed a match-winning half-century in the first one-day international on Sunday.
Leg-spinner Zampa was on the wrong end of three consecutive straight sixes from Pandya in the 37th over of India's innings in Chennai, including one that clattered into the advertising hoarding at the top of the grandstand.
Twenty-four would come from that one over and 133 from the last 14 in all as the hosts tallied a match-winning total of 7-281 having earlier been 5-87.
Pandya's exhilarating over delighted the sell-out crowd and spurred him on to a score of 83 from 66 balls and while Zampa eventually dismissed him as he attempted what would have been his sixth six, the momentum of the match shifted in that 37th over.
"I just didn't execute how I would have liked," Zampa said in Kolkata ahead of Thursday's second match.
"It would have been important to get him off strike and I just put it down to poor execution from me.
"I probably bowled three balls that were too full and as soon as you miss to a player like Hardik, it's going to go the distance.
"You never like to get hit for three sixes in a row, but it does happen. It's probably happened to Shane Warne and guys like that too.
"So as long as you don't put yourself under too much pressure and try and learn from those situations hopefully, if it happens again, I'll get him out earlier or get out of that situation better."
Zampa would have been spared Pandya's onslaught had a surprise tactical move from skipper Steve Smith come off earlier in the over.
The skipper positioned James Faulkner directly behind the stumps at the bowler's end inside the circle - effectively at short straight hit - and a lofted drive from Pandya narrowly avoided the allrounder's out-stretched hand on its way to the rope.
Emboldened by his good fortune, the right-hander then deposited the next three deliveries over the fence.
"Smithy had that plan on the spot," Zampa said.
"We've had that same field in the IPL. We tend to feel on these wickets that hitting straight is a pretty common thing and we've had a bit of success in the IPL with it.
"So we thought Hardik hits the ball quite well straight, as you've seen, and it nearly came off.
"It would have been nice if it did come off because I would have had 20 or 30 runs less off my bowling."
Smith was critical of his side's bowling display during the middle and late overs after Nathan Coulter-Nile (3-44) took three top-order wickets in seven deliveries to reduce the hosts to 3-11 early on.
Zampa agreed that the way Australia's bowlers let India back into the match represented a missed opportunity.
"The most disappointing thing about the other day was you don't often have a team like that 3 for nothing after 10 overs," he said.
"So to come out of that with a loss is the most disappointing thing."
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Australia ODI squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Patrick Cummins, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.
Australia T20 squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Jason Behrendorff, Dan Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Patrick Cummins, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa.
India squad (first three ODIs): Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami.
September 17: India won by 26 runs (DLS Method)
September 21: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
September 24: Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore
September 28: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
October 1: VCA Stadium, Nagpur
October 7: JSCA International Stadium, Ranchi
October 10: Barsapara Stadium, Guwahati
October 13: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad