NEW DELHI - The taste of victory is always sweet, but when the team plays as a unit, it feels even better. Pakistan's performance against Sri Lanka was just that. Of course, there is a lot of scope for improvement. Dropped catches, poor wicket-keeping and Umar Gul's unimpressive use of the cherry are a few things that need attention, but the win against Sri Lanka at Premadasa will give the Pakistanis a shot in the arm. While I must appreciate Shahid Afridi's decision making, especially the way he handled Shoaib Akhtar, I think the 108-run fourth wicket partnership between Younus Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq was the centerpiece of the Pakistan innings. This was definitely decisive. It really heartens me to see the senior boys doing their jobs. Younus is an intelligent man and so is Misbah. Both have played a lot of ODIs and if Pakistan have to roll on, then this pair has to hold the innings together, every day. They did this against the Lankans and the way they kept the scoreboard ticking, underlined their pots of experience. The entire team has to rally around Misbah and Younus. They are the elder statesman of a team that has a lot of raw but extremely talented youngsters. Afridi must give the seniors their space and respect they deserve. Afridi is showing signs of maturity. His decision to bring back Akhtar when Mahela Jayawardene was batting was a top move. In my book, Akhtar cleaning up Jayawardene with a gem of ball that nipped back was the turning point of the match. For, if Jayawardene survived, Sri Lanka would have had a great chance to chase and win. Having said this, Sri Lankan batting is over dependent on Sangakkara and Jayawardene. Thilan Samaraweera has a job in the middle order but he seemed short on confidence and Chamara Silva could not handle the pressure of a mounting run-rate. Surely, teams will now target Samaraweera and Silva. Losing their first World Cup match on home soil was a damper for Sri Lanka. At the toss, Sangakkara looked tense. You can never ignore the expectations of the home fans. Afridi, on the contrary, looked chirpy and raring to go. I have always maintained that the team must enjoy its cricket. The result will take care of itself. A big win is always a confidence booster but there are worrying signs as well for Pakistan. Kamran Akmal's wicket-keeping was very shabby and that denied the young spinner Abdur Rehman a couple of much-needed wickets. Surely, the team management will be speaking to Akmal. These errors can prove costly in big games. Pakistan's strike bowler Umar Gul has been disappointing. He is not showing his experience and Gul did not vary his pace for once at Premadasa. Gul's poor showing so far may open the door for Wahab Riaz, but the team has to figure out a proper role for Abdul Razzq. He is opening the bowling attack, but he certainly isn't a No. 8 batsman. Pakistan play Canada next on March 3. I am not expecting any upset, but this will be a great opportunity to bolster the run-rate and top the group. But the team must guard against complacency because Pakistan still have a long way to go Courtesy ESPN STAR