Mumbai:It was world champion versus world champion but India proved that they are the undisputed king of the shortest format of the game.
Dhoni sealing India's winning shots was perhaps apt in the scheme of things that the man known for his fearless approach sealed the game against the most intimidating team in the world.
India's second consecutive Twenty20 win against the Aussies was also their sixth from nine games in this format. And the Indian skipper must take a lot of credit for cracking the code.
"Twenty20 is more about confidence than technique," said M S Dhoni, Captain, Indian Cricket Team.
Dhoni's rival skipper Ricky Ponting admitted as much later, saying India weren't the world champions for nothing.
What probably cost the Aussies in the ultimate analysis was the absence of a genuine spinner like Brad Hogg. Not that the others did their skipper any favours, giving away a whopping 24 extras.
"I think consistency is the most important thing, both from the batsmen and the bowlers. We bowled in good areas tonight, and you need to do that in international cricket, Dhoni added.
And while Harbhajan showed his class in that department yet again, it was Gautam Gambhir who showed just how he's come of age. The opener once again flourishing in this format along with Robin Uthappa.
"I think they are using their heads more in Twenty20 than in tests or one-dayers. But yes, they are playing very well, are aggressive and are taking calculated risks. They've been successful so far, but again if they get out playing a shot, they'll be criticized," Dhoni further said.
For the moment though, more important than the reaffirmation of their Twenty20 credentials has been be the huge morale-booster the side has got ahead of the series against Pakistan next month.
And given the high pressure and stakes involved, the men in blue will certainly need more of Dhoni's boldness and innovative thinking.