Virat Kohli blamed India's middle-order collapse as one of the reasons for a close four-run loss against Australia in the first T20I in Brisbane on Wednesday.
"We started well with the ball but then Maxwell changed the game, then we again started well in the chase before a middle-order fumble. Karthik and Pant got us going yet again but Pant's departure changed the game," said Kohli, speaking in the post-match presentation.
The Indian skipper praised Shikhar Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik for their valiant knocks and said that the team will look to bounce back in MCG in two days' time.
"We don't have much time to think of things, [that's the] good thing as well as a bad thing when you haven't won the game. You just move on to the next game," Kohli added.
Chasing 174 in 17 overs was never going to be an easy task but Dhawan on his part came out all guns blazing as he scored a belligerent 76 in 42 balls which included 10 fours and 2 sixes. Speaking at the post-match press conference the opener said that missed chances in the field cost the side dearly and insisted India will take confidence from the game and bounce back strongly in the second T20I in Melbourne.
"Of course missed chances in the field had their own impacts. The dropped catch and missed run out opportunity but that is part and parcel of the game and we took it in our stride. We conceded a few extra runs (in the middle overs) but otherwise we played well," said Dhawan after the loss.
"It was a good game of cricket. It was a very close match and both the teams played really well. We got a lot of confidence from this game and will take it forward to the next game.
"Playing at such big grounds is about thinking and experience. We have played here before as well and that experience is quite handy. Brisbane is different because there is extra bounce here. The wicket seamed a bit in the starting as well and so I think we played well"
Dhawan also heaped praised on Adam Zampa who returned with figures of 2/22 in his four overs, which in the end, proved to be the difference.
"Zampa was influential in this game and his statistics were very good. We needed momentum and he took wickets that moment. From there the game got a bit more away from us when Rahul and Kohli were dismissed. He bowled well and with a lot of control," said Dhawan.
"It was a game where we had to target all the bowlers. We didn't have much time (in the match). We tried to target him (Zampa) but he got us out. Next game, we will have better plans against him and implement them in the middle.
Australia captain Aaron Finch meanwhile lauded his team for the courage and also the way they handled pressure.
"I thought the boys played really well today. Unfortunately, maths has never been my strong point (confusion with regard to overs for bowlers). Stoinis bowled really well towards the end, he has been practicing regularly and executed the plans well," said Finch
Adam Zampa was named man-of-the-match and he said that Kohli's wicket was the big one for him.
"This is a really good feeling (named MoM), thought Virat's wicket was big at that time, I never trust Carrey with the decision behind the stumps but fortunately he got that call right," said Zampa