50 overs Australia 8 for 348 (Finch 107, Warner 93, Smith 51, Ishant 4-77) v India
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Aaron Finch and David Warner laid a solid platform with an opening stand of 187 © AFP
Australia piled up an enormous tally of 348 for India to chase after batting first for the first time this series, in the fourth ODI at Manuka Oval in Canberra.
In front of a sold-out crowd in the region of 12,500 as Canberra pitches for an inaugural Test match next summer, David Warner and Aaron Finch added 187 to set the perfect platform before Steven Smith and Glenn Maxwell added plenty of late-innings pyrotechnics to pile up 111 from the last 10 overs of the innings.
In addition to their bowling travails, Ajinkya Rahane suffered split webbing in his right hand when fielding and a spokesman said he would bat “if required”. Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma shared seven wickets between them, but at a cost of 144 runs. Ravindra Jadeja was more successful at limiting the scoring rate, but lacked a spin-bowling offsider.
The hosts had included Nathan Lyon for his first ODI appearance since he faced Pakistan in Dubai in late 2014, while Warner returned in place of Shaun Marsh at the top of the order following the birth of his second child.
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