ISLAMABAD - Skipper Hafeez's unusual tactics ensured Pakistan won the second Twenty20 international against South Africa going harder way at Newlands and stretched their unbeaten record at this particular venue to 3-0.

It could have been an easy victory for the visitors, had Hafeez utilised his bowlers accordingly. Like the first T20, where the team management and captain Hafeez failed to catch up with the required run-rate, which resulted in four-run defeat for them on D/L method, the same happened in the second match as Hafeez was not aware of the simple fact to whom he should have spared well for last two overs.

Hafeez should have kept in mind the simple fact that his trump cards Ajmal, Bilawal and Afridi were running out of overs, so he should have utilised Sohail Tanvir and Junaid Khan in the middle of the innings instead of opting to call them in the 19th and most important 20th over. Junaid proved too costly and gave away 19 runs in the second last over of the match, but it was Sohail, who bowled a good over to help the green shirts register a nail-biting victory and leveled the two-match series 1-1. This win also ensured Pakistan at least managed to hold on to fourth spot in the ICC Twenty20 rankings.

It was a superb batting display by skipper Hafeez and Umar Akmal, who ripped apart South African bowling and hammered all the bowlers at will. Especially Umar batted exceptionally and silenced his critics with a wonderful display.

Commonsense finally prevailed in Pakistan team management as Anwar Ali was dropped and Ajmal was recalled for the match. It was a good bowling performance of Afirdi, who was the pick of the bowlers and restricted mighty South Africans with timely wickets.

The T20 series is over, but it provided Pakistan a sterling bowler in shape of Bilalwal who showed potential and impressed all with his outstanding bowling. Though bowling at the depth of the innings against top players is not an easy task, yet Bilalwal proved with his bowling that he has some quality in his bowling and he deserves a permanent place in One-day internationals as well because he can be the perfect answer to Pakistan fast bowling woes. Irfan is injured and Junaid and others are struggling, Bilalwal is the right person who can fill the gap left by the absence of Umar Gul.

Hafeez must improve his way of leadership if he really wants to fulfill his ambitions of leading the team in other formats as well. How could it be possible for the selectors to hand over the reins of the national team to a player, who is not aware of the simple facts and can't act timely? Now with this much-needed victory, Pakistan team's shattered confidence has somewhat been restored and they need to continue the momentum in the ODIs as well. Leniency can cost men in green dearly so they must play like a unit and every individual should deliver which is the only way that Pakistan can win the ODI series. Proteas are very much beatable at their own backyard, the only need is to adopt aggressive policy and play with positive frame of mind.