After defeating Pakistan in the quarter-finals of the International Cricket Council Cricket World Cup on Friday, Australian captain Michael Clarke said the semi-final against India would be a difficult challenge.
On Thursday India beat Bangladesh by 109 runs and now face Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in the 2nd semi-final on 26th March.
Clarke said at the post-match presentation ceremony that India are in good shape, they are playing quiet well. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is leading them pretty well and it is surely going to be a difficult challenge. Australia has to be at their best to beat them he said.
On Friday, Pakistan were bowled out for a small total of 213 runs at the Adelaide Oval. Australia were down early in their innings but they returned well to grab the game with 6 wickets and 97 balls to spare.
The captain credited his team for pulling off the victory but also applauded Pakistan pace bowler Wahab Riaz’s effort of putting the Australians under pressure.
The 33-year old said that he is very happy. It was a really close match in the end and he thought his bowlers did quite fantastic work once again.
He added that their fielding was pretty good and then credited the Pakistan team and Wahab Riaz. The way he emerged and bowled, certainly put them under pressure he said. He thinks that it was as good a fast bowling spell as he has seen in a long time.
Clarke said they will be judging the semi-final just as any other match as setting the bar too high can result in imprudent pressure.
He has spoken a lot to the squad about not setting the bar too high and not putting the World Cup on a base. Because sometimes when someone builds something up so much, it is really hard to hold, really hard to get the victory. So he thinks for them, it is about preparation as always.