Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has declared Pakistan a ‘dangerous’ challenger ahead of Friday’s mega event quarter-final in Adelaide.
Watson is wary Pakistan has a history of inconsistency but he believes the knock-out nature of Friday’s match may find the 1992 world champions come out of the den.
“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,” he said.
“That’s the reason why Pakistan is so dangerous especially in a knock-out game like this quarter-final.
They have certainly got some match-winners. Once This Pakistan team gets on a roll, they are able to use that momentum to be able to shut down teams very quickly.”
Watson wishes his team can see off Pakistan in front of their home supporters and step into the next level against either defending champions India or Bangladesh in Sydney on March 26.
“We know this is a danger game for us because Pakistan can come on and just turn it on like they have throughout the times I’ve played them in the past,” he added.
Meanwhile, Pakistan cricket team, after a disappointed start in the Mega event, has made a remarkable come back and has won all the following four league matches. It defeated Zimbabwe, UAE, South Africa and Ireland to place in the final eight teams of the tournament. Now the real challenge is Australia which, having a home advantage, has a good track record against the green-shirts. But on the other side, as the analysts stated, the pressure will be on the hosts in this match.