ISLAMABAD - Skipper M Hafeez and Umar Gul helped green caps thrash Proteas by 95 runs in the second Twenty20 International to take the series 1-0. It was unity and team work which helped Pakistan to sweep the Twenty20 series and defeat one of the world’s strongest teams. Hafeez came back strongly in the limited format of the game, as he was a total flop in the longer version of the game. He also became the first Pakistani to score 1000 runs in Twenty20 internationals and Umar Gul managed his second five-wicket haul in his T20 career. It was one of the most convincing victories of the green shirts against South Africa, who were bowled out for their lowest ever T20 score. Although Pakistan inflicted a comprehensive defeat on Proteas but there were some anxious moment in the match, first Pakistan should have scored over 200 runs after getting such an impressive third-wicket stand between Hafeez and Ahmed Shahzad. Akmal brothers have to improve their batting skills and they have to contribute in the middle order otherwise they will not have any chance in the playing XI in future. Nasir Jamshed had scored enough runs on the sub-continent tracks and at the dead wickets of UAE, but he is a big flop when it came to play in seaming tracks of South Africa as he failed to cope with swinging deliveries in relatively easier conditions of Africa so how will it be possible for him to adjust himself on the pitches of Australia, England and New Zealand. It is the primary duty of head coach Dave Whatmore to help players like Nasir to work on their minor mistakes and try to improve their techniques, otherwise, there is a no need of hiring a foreign coach and that too on such a high price. Pakistani fielding looked at the peak in the T20 as some brilliant catches were taken, especially the one that Saeed Ajmal took of Miller. Kamran Akmal once again looked shaky behind the stumps as he wobbled with the ball and hardly managed to take a simple catch behind the stumps. The big plus that was witnessed during the match was the positive attitude of Shahid Afridi, who looked hungry for runs, batted sensibly, and some glimpses of his past were witnessed during the match. It is a very good omen for Pakistan team when Afridi might destroy any bowling and that too in a matter of no time, without consuming too many deliveries. The $selectors should have picked Wahab Riaz for that particular match, as the conditions were ideal for him, but the team management had other ideas. Irfan and Junaid Khan although took one wicket each, but they were very expensive and the team could not afford to give so many runs without taking a wicket. It was the remarkable performance of Umar Gul, who had a point to prove to all his critics, who had written him off and demanded his axe from the international cricket. Gul gave one of the best performances of his career by bowling almost unplayable deliveries. Before that match, people had talked that Umar Gul could only take wickets of tail enders, but in this match, it was the top order of South Africa who had to face the music in the hands of Gul. A classic performance from Hafeez was long overdue and he just provided that with both willow and leather. It was a very impressive performance showed by the green caps considering the fact they were beaten comprehensively by the opponents in the Test series, but hats off to them, they bounced back in style and completely outclassed Proteas in the T20 match to take the series 1-0, as the first T20 was washed out due to rain. The first task of revival is accomplished, now lies another stern test for Pakistanis of taking the same opponents in the ODIs. Pakistan has got the edge over the Proteas in the 50 over format too, but they have to play their cards sensibly and the team selection should be made purely on merit, as available players are more than capable of winning matches at their own. The only criteria in playing XI should be performance and nothing else. One thing was pretty evident from the fact that there is hardly any need of bowling coach M Akram and he has failed to live up to the expectations and people had raised questions on his appointment as there were other highly-experienced campaigners for that job, but due to political links, Akram managed to land that high profile job. But now the time is ripe, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should act in the best interest of the team and should replace Akram with some qualified bowling coach.