Watson: Can’t let Pakistan get on a roll

2015 World Cup

Australia all-rounder Shane Watson is taking nothing for granted ahead of their quarter-final against Pakistan in Adelaide, saying that preventing the Asian side from getting on a roll with bat or ball will be key.

Pakistan are one of the more unpredictable sides in world cricket, and scraped into the quarters with a win over Ireland on the last day of the group stage. Watson knows Misbah's men could be completely dominant on their day though.

Watson said of Pakistan: "They can play some incredible cricket, as they have in times I've played against them, but they also can self-destruct quite quickly as well.
 
"That's the reason why the Pakistan team are so dangerous, especially in a knockout game like this quarter-final. They've certainly got some match-winners.

"Once this Pakistan team gets on a roll they're certainly able to use that momentum to be able to shut down teams very quickly. We know this is a danger game for us because they can come on and just turn it on like they have throughout the times I've played them in the past.

"We know we're going to have to be at our absolute best to not give them a chance to be able to get that momentum. We know if they're able to get that they can run away with it very quickly."

Watson then joked that he tried not to think of the time they lost to Pakistan in the previous World Cup in 2011, where a win would have given the Aussies top spot in the group and an easier run. Instead, they had to face eventual winners India.

He said: "I try to forget that one, because we lost it. We knew that was a really important game against Pakistan because if we lost against them we were going to have to play India in the quarter-final, which we knew was going to be a big challenge on their home turf – and it worked out that way.

"I've got some good memories but also some bad memories that I try to forget as quick as I can. That was one."

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