Mirpur: Pakistan 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 could not get them. Saeed (Ajmal) gave us good breakthroughs. In bowling also you need partnerships, but at the other end he did not get the support. No bowler could create any pressure and it became easy for Sri Lanka to chase down the target," Misbah told reporters after the five-wicket loss in the final here.
"We should have bowled wicket to wicket. It was a slow pitch. We needed to bowl accurately but our length was short and even we gave width."
Defending his decision to take away Ajmal from the attack after he gave the twin breakthroughs in Kusal Perera and Kumar Sangakkara, the skipper said: "They were just consuming his overs, blocking. They were not trying anything so I brought other bowlers.