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The night that sparked Australia's World Cup surge

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02.07.2019

Commentator: "And it's over to Aaron Finch, the Australians scoring an important win. Aaron, what did you make of that?"

Replied Finch: "We've been on a journey for the last 10-11 months building up to the World Cup and there has been some pain during the journey. We've done well to take the blows but also have made some progress, hoping to peak at the right time for the World Cup."

The Australians celebrate a wicket during the first of their Twenty20 wins over India in February.Credit:AP

That post-match comment on the field from the Australian captain could easily have been said through the World Cup practice matches or even in the early rounds, when the defending champions defeated Afghanistan and the West Indies. Hey, it wasn't even said during the one-day series wins in India or against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates earlier this year that reshaped the narrative of this side.

Rather, it was late on the night of February 27, when Australia had chased down 191 to defeat India in a Twenty20 clash at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, a hub of 10 million people.

Having scrapped home on the last ball of the first T20 clash, thanks to two runs off the final delivery from Pat Cummins, the visitors had a significant task on their hands in the second match until Glenn Maxwell delivered an unbeaten 113 off 55 balls, and Peter Handscomb - an unlucky omission here - added 20 off 18 to forge........

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