Sarfaraz Ahmed's team needed to smash the world record for margin of victory in a one-day global but a miracle win never looked remotely likely at a sun-drenched Lord's.
Mashrafe Mortaza's men also tested each of the four semi-finalists - India, Australia, New Zealand and England. "I'd be lying if I said it wasn't discussed".
Pakistan coasted to a 94-run World Cup victory over Bangladesh at Lord's - but bow out of the competition after failing to produce the unlikely margin of victory needed to claim a semi-final spot. We've got some very young cricketers who are going to be champion players. "That one game against West Indies cost us the tournament", Sarfaraz said, referring to their crushing opening loss. "We played very good cricket".
Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed won the toss and, after a cautious start, 100 from Imam ul-Haq and 96 by Babar Azam saw them reach the minimum required total in the 49th over of their innings.
Pakistan, backed by thousands of passionate flag-waving fans, started curiously slowly in the London sunshine, crawling to 38-1 after 10 overs.
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Pakistan secured 11 points in nine games, as many as New Zealand scored, but were ousted on an inferior net run-rate.
Shakib Al Hasan brought up 50 from 62 balls, to reach his seventh half-century in the tournament - equalling Sachin Tendulkar's record set in 2003. "It's going to be my last World Cup match and I would love to win with this team". I had planned this few years ago to retire on Pakistan's last World Cup match.
They were shot out for a paltry 105 in their first match, with the West Indies winning in just 13.4 overs, meaning they took a huge hit on run rate.
"It's nice to sit here and know we've beaten two of those top four teams during our campaign, which shows we are not a mile off in terms of where we are as a cricket team", he said.
Former all-rounder Shahid Afridi had recorded figures of 5-16 against Kenya in the 2011 World Cup - the previous best-bowling by any Pak bowler in World Cups.