India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni cherished the successful, collective effort of seamers Ishant Sharma and Ashok Dinda through the closing throes of Friday's 11-run victory over Pakistan in the second and final Twenty20 International in Mumbai.
The hosts amassed an impressive total of 192 for five on the back of all-rounder Yuvraj Singh's cavalier 72, which featured all of seven sixes, after which a cameo of 41 from Nasir Jamshed and half-century from captain Mohammad Hafeez powered the opposition's pursuit.
26 runs from the final 12 deliveries of the nail-biting fixture eventually weighed in as a very gettable target, but fellow right-armers Dinda and Sharma ultimately begged to differ.
The former conceded a mere six runs from the penultimate over, and Ishant just eight from the final last six balls, with the pair removing Hafeez, the dangerous Kamran Akmal and tail-ender Umar Gul in the process.
A tight length, lined with yorkers, was key to Dinda's approach, which eventually saw him finish with game-winning figures of three for 36. The haul was not enough to get him the Man of the Match award, though, with the accolade instead given to Yuvraj.
"A lot depends on the youngsters or the bowlers who are bowling the last overs and they held their nerves nicely. The youngsters were feeling the pressure, but executed their yorkers and the slower ones when the field was set for it," said Dhoni.
"The other good thing was Yuvraj getting those sixes and fours. The last venue we had, the wicket was supporting the bowlers and we came here and it was a flat wicket, but that's what the format is all about."
Singh recovered from a painful blow to his foot, delivered unashamedly by lanky fast bowler Mohammad Irfan, to gather the highest score of his T20I career. Three of his seven sixes were struck in a row off the bowling of in-form spinner Saeed Ajmal.
"I was batting in the nets and I couldn't hit a single ball out of the ground and it was disappointing. But now I did. The yorker from Irfan reminded me of the great Wasim Akram. I tried to bat through and was hitting the ball well later on," added Yuvraj.
Defeated skipper Hafeez rued his side's inability to stifle an enterprising alliance between Yuvraj and the right-handed Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The duo were tremendous in tandem, accruing a run-rate in excess of 13 for one delivery more than seven overs.
"The boys really worked hard to win the series, but during the second stage of the innings we didn't follow the basics. The partnership between MS and Yuvraj was the difference," concluded Hafeez, whose team one the series opener in Bangalore by five wickets.
The teams will soon meet for three ODIs, the first of which gets underway in Chennai on Sunday.