Bailey hails Australia's top order

Sep 24, 2012, 07:52 IST | PA Sport

Captain George Bailey praised Shane Watson, David Warner and Michael Hussey after the top-order trio guided Australia into the World Twenty20 Super Eights with a 17-run Duckworth/Lewis victory over West Indies in a rain-affected Group B game in Colombo

A heavy downpour interrupted the Australians’ charge towards their 192 target when they were 100 for one — 17 runs ahead of the Duckworth/Lewis par score after 9.1 overs.

Warner blasted 28 off 14 balls before being dismissed in the third over, leaving all-rounder Watson — man of the match for the second straight game — in full flow. He was unbeaten on 41 from 24 deliveries alongside Hussey (28 off 19) when the heavens opened.

Australia opener David Warner during their match against West Indies on Saturday. Pic/AFP

“They set up a great foundation,” Bailey said. “Watson and Warner did the job. Hussey was good too. But we are disappointed with the rain, because an exciting finish was set up.”

Bailey admitted there was room for improvement in the overall display, though.

“There was some good stuff and there was some very ordinary stuff as well,” he added.

“The challenge is to lessen the gap between the good and the ordinary stuff. We did do that in patches, but there were certainly patches when they got away from us.”

The Windies earlier posted 191 for eight from their 20 overs.

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