COLOMBO (Agencies) - Pakistan (10 points from six matches) ended Australias 34-match ICC Cricket World Cup winning streak to end on top of Group A, but their coach Waqar Younis says the knockout stage will be a different cup of tea. Pakistan almost made a hash of a 177-run winning target at the Premadasa Stadium on Saturday night, but Umar Akmals brilliant undefeated 44 saw them get past a fighting Australia by four wickets. Pakistan now travels to Mirpur, where they take on the fourth-best team in group B, which in all likelihood will be the West Indies. That match is scheduled on March 23. Australia, third in group A with nine points from six games, are almost sure to play India (likely to finish second in group B), but Saturday nights defeat seems to have jammed Ricky Pontings thinking process. Ponting said he was still not thinking about the knockout stage but admitted that irrespective of the team, Australia had to play their best cricket. If we have to win the World Cup we have to beat the top teams and on Saturday, we were just not good enough. You cant think of beating a team like Pakistan with 176 on the board, but we tried our best, said Ponting. For Pakistan, travelling to Mirpur will be like leaving their Lankan home. Waqar acknowledged the massive support Pakistan got in Sri Lanka but from a cricket point of view, he is happy that Mirpur will offer better playing conditions, especially the pitches. Lankan wickets have been difficult. This one was very tricky. I have seen the pitches in India and Bangladesh and they have been much better. I am sure we will do well on those tracks, said Waqar. The win against Australia will be a big morale booster. We have beaten Sri Lanka and the Aussies. There cant be a better way to prepare for the knockout stage. But we need to reassemble our thoughts before the quarters, said the former Pakistan captain. Waqar hailed Umar Gul and victory over Australia as a major achievement and picked out seamer Umar Gul as the star of the show. Gul took 3-30 and Abdul Razzaq claimed 2-8 as Australia were bowled out for 176 in 46.4 overs -- their lowest total since the 1992 World Cup -- before Pakistan foiled Brett Lee's 4-28 to chase down the target with nine overs left. Saturday's defeat ended Australia's 34-match unbeaten streak at the World Cup, a run stretching back to Pakistan's 10-run victory at Leeds in 1999. "Definitely it's an achievement to beat Australia," said Waqar, whose team finished top of Group A with 10 points from six matches and will face the fourth-placed team in Group B in Dhaka in the first quarter-final on Wednesday. Australia ended up with nine points, third behind Sri Lanka on net run-rate, and are likely to play India in Ahmedabad on Thursday. Waqar praised 26-year-old paceman Gul who now has 13 wickets in the tournament. "Gul is improving day by day. He's found his right length and hes not only bowling straight but with some pace," said Waqar. "Hes attacking and I think hes getting better and better, which is great for the team. "The bowlers deserved a bit more credit than the batsmen. It was not easy out there, it was difficult when we were batting, but we pulled it off," said Waqar. The coach hoped his team keeps the momentum going into the quarter-finals. "After what we have achieved against Australia, now it's a knockout system so we've got to really start building up again," he added. "We have to make sure we enjoy this victory, forget it and go to the next one fresh and think of the team we are going to face," said Waqar, whose side is now likely to face either the West Indies or England in the last eight. Waqar said the R. Premadasa stadium pitch was not an easy strip. "It wasn't the easiest pitch to play cricket overall because it was a used pitch. See Editorial on page 6