Pakistan could manage only 129 runs on the board in the make-or-break match last night and failed to contain the Bangladeshi batsmen.

"It is so disappointing to go out of the Asia Cup in this manner. I was hoping our team would motivate themselves to beat Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and set up a final with India," former paceman Shoaib Akhtar said. Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq laid the blame of recent defeats on batting.

"Our bowlers again did a good job but the batting is just not clicking. The selectors have tried everyone who is doing well in domestic cricket so what else can one can do," Misbah said. Misbah contended that Pakistan had again misread the pitch and situation by playing Anwar Ali and not giving more overs to all-rounder Shoaib Malik.

"The ball was gripping and I would have thought Malik would be a good option early on for a few overs. The pitch was not easy for batting," he said. Pakistan's champion off-spinner Saeed Ajmal also expressed surprise over some of the captaincy decisions.

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