Islamabad, Jun.12 (ANI): Its been nearly two months since Australia defeated Pakistan in the semi-final of the World T20 Championship in West Indies, but for wicket keeper Kamran Akmal the memories of that crucial loss is still afresh.
Pakistan had scored a challenging 192 in that match. It was first time that a team had put up more than 150 runs against the Kangaroos in the tournament, and when Akmal was asked about his team's strategy he said the 'greenshirts' wanted to beat Australia in their own game by not letting the momentum of the game lose pace.
"We'd been watching Australia's matches and we noticed that their batsmen just kept coming at the opposition bowlers all the time, they were relentless. They didn't let any team stop and breathe or slow the tempo of the game down," Akmal told Cricistan.com.
The idea was to bully back the Australians, said Akmal, who shared an important 82 run opening partnership with Salman Butt in that match.
"The Aussies were bullying the opposition bowlers and so we decided that the only way to beat the Aussies was to bully them back. We went into the semi-final looking to bully the Aussie bowlers and not let them settle down into a rhythm. We didn't spare anyone and went after all of them, the Aussies weren't used to being attacked like this so I think the plan worked," he said. (ANI)