After 39 one-day internationals and more than three years of toil in the England pyjamas, Kevin Pietersen finally ended his drought with a century.
The most talented England batsman of his generation has endured a hugely frustrating and seemingly endless slump since his previous 100 back in November 2008.
But an imperious unbeaten 111 saw KP defy his critics and lead England to an emphatic series victory with a nine-wicket victory at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Cowers had been attempting to conjure up fresh superlatives for fellow opener Alastair Cook as the England captain honed in on a seemingly inevitable third successive century.
Despite Cook falling 20 runs short of the landmark on this occasion, it was perhaps fitting that KP's resurgent and uplifting knock was not overshadowed by his skipper. This was an innings to savour.
It was all a world away from England's inhibited batting displays against the Pakistan spinners as they slumped to a 3-0 defeat in the Test series.
Pietersen had proudly declared before the match that he was in "fantastic" form - a habitual claim, but his play duly bore out the proclamation.
KP passed 4,000 runs in ODIs in spectacular fashion as he shimmied down the pitch to launch an off break from Mohammad Hafeez over the sightscreen for six, and the shot epitomised the confidence and swagger that returned in his play.
Cowers was among those who suggested that Andy Flower's punt at partnering KP with Cook at the top of the order to reignite the batsman's hunger was bordering on blind desperation.
But Flower - the astute coach and man-manager that he is - clearly saw something in KP's attitude or technique that suggested to him that he would thrive against the new ball.
To say that Pietersen was elevated because of his apparent ineptitude against the Pakistan spinners as evident from the Test series would be overly simplistic, but he took particular relish in destroying the Pakistan pacemen before confronting the slow bowlers.
It would be remiss not to point out that Pietersen was dropped on 45 when a fierce, flat pull against Aizaz Cheema smacked into the body of the onrushing Azhar Ali at deep square.
Equally, wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal unsportingly tried to run him out after Pietersen had tapped the ball back to him, and apologised after receiving a curt phrase or two.
But those fleeting moments aside, it was a near faultless innings from KP, who ended a week spent flaunting Delhi Daredevils merchandise - in a manner which has been roundly derided and met with disdain - with a knock befitting of the extravagant fees paid for his services.
Pietersen brought up a first 50 of the tour off 53 balls, after which he began to move though the gears: an incredible straight six off Mohammad Hafeez was a shot of quite stunning power. Meanwhile, a flicked drive through wide mid-on off the hapless Umar Gul was dreamy.
The fact is, KP never disappeared from view, never ran away from difficult times in 50-over cricket, but has instead embraced his reinvention as an opening batsman and taken it upon himself to recover his poise.
The last away series victory against Pakistan came as long ago as 1987. This is a moment for England and a buoyant Pietersen to relish.
Meanwhile, away from the middle and, most probably in the nets, Graham Gooch was celebrating a full-time role as England's batting coach.
The 58-year-old has been working as a consultant batting coach with England since November 2009 but will now take on the role full-time beginning on March 5 as England begin preparations for the Test series against Sri Lanka.
England team director Andy Flower said: "Graham has an excellent relationship with our batsmen and is already an important part of our management team, so I am very pleased that he will be joining us on a full-time basis.
"We have a challenging period of cricket ahead of us and I am very much looking forward to continuing to work closely with Graham as we look to improve across all formats of the game."
After England's showings with the bat throughout the Test series in the UAE, Gooch has his work cut out hurling throw-downs and arranging cones in the nets.
STAT OF THE DAY: Despite suffering a shock loss this time, Cook has still won 17 from 21 coin tosses as England's one-day international captain. Quite a record.
TWEET OF THE DAY: "Question of the day - what would have happened if Cook hadn't made 100 against Pakistan at the Oval in '10? One to think about..." (@shortmidwicket)
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SHOTS OF THE DAY: There is nothing that KP enjoys more than a mug of chamomile and elderflower tea while watching his team-mates warm up before the start of play.