MIRPUR- Pakistani skipper Misbah-ul Haq blamed his bowlers for the team losing the Asia Cup crown to Sri Lanka, stating that they failed to create pressure on the opposition.
"We need early wickets in such matches but we failed. Saeed Ajmal gave us good breakthroughs. One needs partnerships in bowling too, but he did not get support at the other end. Bowlers didn’t create any pressure and it became easy for Sri Lanka to chase down the target," Misbah told journalists after the five-wicket loss in the final. "We should have bowled wicket to wicket. It was a slow pitch. We needed to
bowl accurately but our length was short and we even gave width." he said.
Defending his decision to take away Ajmal from the attack after he gave the twin breakthroughs, the skipper said "They were just consuming his overs by blocking. They were not trying anything so I brought other bowlers.” He further said “I took a chance. It was a bad day for all other bowlers. Nobody could put pressure; you can't win matches by only one bowler. You need to bowl really well as a unit. No one exerted pressure except Ajmal."