Bangladesh will look to improve on their bowling and fielding in their last Asia Cup match, against Sri Lanka. Anamul Haque, who hit a century against Pakistan, said that the team were discussing their own problems, rather than that of their opponents.
"We know what Lasith Malinga or Kumar Sangakkara can do," Anamul said. "We have played three ODIs and two Twenty20s recently. They are ahead of us in every way, so we are discussing ourselves. We will be aware of not repeating the mistakes that we committed against Pakistan. If we repeat our batting and do well in the other departments, we will have a good result against Sri Lanka."
Having scored 326 for 3, their highest ODI total, the Bangladesh bowlers were poor with their length and line and conceded the runs with one ball remaining.
Abdur Razzak went for 72 in nine overs, the sixth time he has gone for more than 70 runs in an ODI. With 31 required off 18 balls, he was struck for two sixes and gave away 18 runs in that over, finishing off whatever little chance Bangladesh had. Shakib was Bangladesh's only bowler who performed credibly, but even he was smashed for three sixes by Shahid Afridi and those hits completely changed the course of the game. It not only had the effect of reducing the asking run-rate, but Afridi had more importantly taken down the best bowler of the team at a crucial stage.
Mominul Haque surprisingly bowled well once again, but Mahmudullah continued to be battered and it was his last over in which Afridi really began the six-hitting spree. Mushfiqur had to resort to allrounders and part-timers mainly because his pace bowlers were bowling either too wide, too short or too full. Still, it was strange to see that he left Ziaur Rahman's medium pace unused.
Shafiul Islam was recalled after missing out the first two matches and he looked completely out of place. Having suffered several injuries in the last two years, he has bowled without much success since 2012. Al-Amin Hossain tried and bowled his heart out in the final over, but otherwise he too looks like an unfinished article.
Bangladesh's fielding had been slightly better, but still they dropped two chances, including a crucial one by Mushfiqur Rahim from Afridi which significantly swung the momentum Pakistan's way.
Anamul ,however, brushed aside suggestions that there was a lack of dedication from the team, saying that perhaps the team needs to win more to get habituated with the feeling of succeeding in close games. "There was no shortage of dedication. Everyone batted well against Pakistan, and we want to bat like this in every game.
"It is very important to develop the winning habit. I think we lack that experience, so maybe that's why we keep losing from winning positions. We are learning a lot from these situations. The mistakes I am seeing right now, won't exist in the future. We will start winning close matches."
About his own batting, Anamul said that he batted to plan, but felt bad that it did not result in a Bangladesh win.
"The plan was to survive the new ball. We weren't successful in the earlier matches, but against Pakistan we could do it. Hafeez always takes wickets with the new ball so we just wanted to rotate the strike against him. I was a little wary of Ajmal's bowling because he is a world-class bowler, but Shakib and Mushfiqur batted well against him.
"It is a big deal to score a hundred against the Pakistan bowling attack. I thought that it would lead to a win, but unfortunately it didn't happen. I would have felt better had my team won."