ISLAMABAD - Shahid Khan Afridi, Anwar Ali and Imad Wasim carved out remarkable victory in the second Twnety20 International against hosts Sri Lanka to provide Pakistan 2-0 whitewash and number three spot in the ICC T20 rankings.

It was sensational performance by three certain individuals, who against all the odds, played one of the most memorable knocks of their lives to stun pack to capacity home crowd, who were almost sure of their team's victory. When Pakistan had lost fifth wickets with only 40 runs on the board, hats off to Pakistani spectators, who never lost hope and remained loyal to green caps and it was truly a remarkable gesture by them and they deserved all the due credit.

Afridi was batting with lot of confidence and maturity, but he just ran out of patience and gifted his wicket to a part timer and same was the case with Anwar, as after taking Pakistan so close to win and hitting Malinga out of the park with only eight runs required of nine balls, Anwar needlessly gifted his wicket away. Pakistani batsmen’s running between the wickets was also very pathetic. Imad should have contented with single on Malinga’s final ball rather than calling Sohail Tanvir for the second impossible run. Had Irfan not batted sensibly and taken a single, Pakistan could have lost the match.

The team selection once again was highly questionable. What was the reason behind keeping faith in Ahmed Shahzad and Mukhtar Ahmed? It happens only in Pakistan that the players are selected for past reputations rather than performances. Mukhtar was a big flop in the first match while Ahmed wasted so many precious deliveries up the order. Sarfraz Ahmed is not only vice captain of T20 team but also a very handy player both behind and in front of the stumps. But he is a classic example of highly unjust treatment by head coach Waqar Younis and personal liking and disliking. Instead of keeping faith in liabilities like Mukhtar and Ahmed, Sarfraz should have been in the team.

Rizwan is an outstanding fielder and he has proved his worth while fielding at different positions during recently-concluded ODI series. He should have been an asset for the team in outfield rather than wicket keeping. Pakistan could have restricted Sri Lanka in a total around 130 plus, as the hosts were struggling at 64-4 and then 90-5, but Afridi let them off the hook. What was the reason behind not completing Shoaib Malik's full quota of overs despite he was not only the most successful bowler but also very economical? After playing so many matches, Afridi still needs to understand the ground reality and must rotate his bowlers and fielders accordingly.

Pakistan started the big run-chase in worst possible manner. It was very poor batting and senseless running between the wickets, which almost cost green caps the match. After a very long time, Afridi batted very well and hit all the bowlers at will. His career was very much on the line and he was fully aware of the situation and he delivered when it mattered the most.

The ICC kept mum on Fernando's gestures, which he showed to Afridi every time he took a wicket. If this was done by a Pakistani player, the ICC could have imposed a hefty fine on him, but like always, the ICC let Fernando off the hook. It was a slap on his face, when Imad hit him off the park and not only stunned him but also took sweet revenge from him. Fifty-run eighth-wicket partnership between Anwar and Imad only 24 deliveries ensured green caps cap a memorable series. After a very long time, the team managed to win series in all three formats, as first they won Test series, then ODI and now T20I series.

Now the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) must give confidence to the team and confirm Zimbabwe Tri-nation series involving hosts Zimbabwe and West Indies. Pakistan team morale is high and they can beat any given opposition. Instead of shaking their confidence, the PCB should give nod of approval to the proposed event, it will further enhance Pakistan team’s reputation rather than inviting criticism for backing off and inviting tag of cowards.