India scored an enormous 352 for 5, riding on a professional execution by the top order led by Shikhar Dhawan (117). In response, Australia was fired for 316 to suffer a loss of 36 points, their first in the tournament so far.
Steve Smith (69) was promoted before Usman Khawaja in the batting assignment to tackle the spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, and Ponting hinted that more shaking could take place.
"We wanted to have (favorable) left-handed, right-handed (match-ups) with those spinners and we thought Steven would play just as well as everyone else, so that was the only reason," Ponting said.
"It happens quite a lot in the modern game, where you see that combination with the right hand and the left hand, especially if they have a lot of spin.
"If the 35 overs is over, you probably won't do it (bat Khawaja at four o'clock), Maxwell goes every day of the week thereafter. At the right time and the right time I think it can work very well," explained the former skipper.
Ponting also defended Australia's top order after it failed to fire against India. He called the opening pair of Aaron Finch-David Warner one of the best in the world, despite his disappointing performance.
"Finch and Warner are probably as good as openers in the world, Finchy has done very well in the last five or six months, Davey has returned and made runs."
Warner scored an unbeaten 89 of 114 balls against Afghanistan, but his uncharacteristic staid 56 off 84 balls against India had put pressure on the batsmen later.
"Because of his own recognition, (Warner) was probably not at his absolute best (against India). He came too early in the field and could not turn as he had wanted," Ponting explained.
Australia intended to become the first team to successfully chase 353 runs in the World Cup. Although Warner (56), Smith (69) and Alex Carey (55 not out) scored half a century, they could not lead their side to victory.
"Our at bat was again slightly eliminated, we seemed to find the field a lot in the first 10 overs," said Ponting.
"It was always going to be a difficult job, from about the 20-fold figure something spectacular had to happen from not one, but probably two of our batters."
Ponting suggested that the Australian's inability to push boundaries early in the run chase, combined with the early run of Finch for 26, were important moments in the game that benefited the momentum in India.
"The run-out happened at a really crucial time (the 14th over). The momentum had just begun to turn there, Finchy had started to find the border a little more often.
"We just needed someone at the top to go on and make a big hundred like Dhawan did and we were right in the game."
"There is certainly enough skill and talent to turn it around quickly," he added.
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