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Steven Smith says they lost the match in 10 overs of batting

Talal Dar - 03-02-2016 - View: 225

Australian side had lost 6 wickets for 41 runs while chasing 300 plus

Steven Smith says they lost the match in 10 overs of batting

The Australian Cricket Team captain Steven Smith has admitted that they had the match in first 10 overs of their batting as they had lost six wickets for just 41 runs while chasing 308 runs target in the first One-Day International (ODI) against New Zealand.

Smith and his team did not play any practice game but he he has vowed to move on quickly after the defeat as they will lose the series if they face the defeat in the next game. He praised the New Zealand openers Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill.

Smith said that Guptill and McCullum gave their side a great start and they could have scored lot more but they made a comeback and restricted the hosts to 307 runs. Smith said that the total was chaseable on this ground but their batting order collapse made it difficult.

The skipper admitted that it is too difficult to win a game after such collapse and they will try to avoid it in the future. Australian No.5 Glenn Maxwell and No.6 Mitchell Marsh got out for duck and they were struggling when they lost 6 wickets in first 9 overs.

Usman Khawaja was carrying the drinks and he has been in great form, so it would be interesting if he is given a chance in the remaining games as Smith had also told before the match that Khawaja will be given a chance to adjust to the New Zealand conditions.

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