Colombo: After seeing his side struggle against Pakistan spinners today, Australia skipper George Bailey said it will be a challenge for his top-order batsmen to return to form when they play the West Indies in the semifinals of the ICC World Twenty20 on Friday.
Australia qualified for the semifinals from Group 2 despite losing to Pakistan by 32 runs in their final Super Eights match here today.
Chasing 150, Australia could manage just 117 for seven, but their superior Net-Run-Rate took them to the top of Group 2.
"Pakistan outplayed us. The ball turned more, they used spin against us well. You want your top-order to do the majority of the scoring. The challenge will be to get that form back in the semis," Bailey said.
Pakistan skipper Mohammed Hafeez was happy with his side`s superb all-round show. He was was very impressed with young spinner Raza Hasan, who took two wickets and gave away just 14 runs in his four overs to be adjudged the Man of the Match.
"I`m grateful to see the effort put in by the boys. We got the total we wanted, Raza Hasan was brilliant," he said.
Hasan said, "I`m really happy at the moment as it`s my first big tournament. Everybody gives me confidence. We knew we had to try hard."
First Published: Tuesday, October 02, 2012, 21:53