Australia vs India 4th ODI: Australia seal incredible come-from-behind win

Richardson finished with career-best figures of 5-68 off his 10 overs

Richardson finished with career-best figures of 5-68 off his 10 overs

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Kane Richardson claimed his maiden five-wicket haul as Australia scripted an unbelievable come-from-behind win against India in the fourth ODI in Canberra.

Richardson was well supported by opening batsmen Aaron Finch and David Warner, who scored 107 and 93 respectively, and captain Steven Smith, who made a quickfire 51, as Australia won the match by 25 runs.

However, India opener Shikhar Dhawan and batsman Virat Kohli both deserve a lot of credit as they scored 126 and 106 respectively.

Smith would have been delighted with his decision to bat first as Finch and Warner amassed a 187-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Warner, who was making his comeback after going on paternity leave, was clean bowled by Ishant Sharma for 93, which came off 92 balls and included 12 boundaries and a six.

Warner fell seven runs short of his fifth ODI century

Warner fell seven runs short of his fifth ODI century

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Finch went on to make 107 off 107 deliveries, which included nine boundaries and two sixes, before Smith and Mitchell Marsh stabilised the innings with a 67-run stand.

Finch celebrates after scoring his seventh ODI century

Finch celebrates after scoring his seventh ODI century

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Once Marsh departed for 19, Smith joined him back in the pavilion a short while later after having made 51 off 29 balls, which included four boundaries and three sixes.

Smith scored his ninth ODI fifty

Smith scored his ninth ODI fifty

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All-rounder Glenn Maxwell, who was the hero of the third ODI, smashed a highly entertaining 41 as the Baggy Greens went on to score 348/8 off their 50 overs.

Sharma was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Umesh Yadav chipped in with three.

Chasing 349 to win, India got off to a great start before Rohit Sharma was caught behind for a rapid 41.

Dhawan and Kohli put India in a commanding position as they forged a 212-run partnership, during which Kohli recorded his 25th ODI century and Dhawan his ninth, before Dhawan was dismissed by John Hastings for 126 off 113 balls, which included 14 boundaries and two sixes.

Dhawan made a gutsy 126

Dhawan made a gutsy 126

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Hastings struck again three balls later as India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was caught behind for a duck. It was then Kohli’s turn to trudge back to the pavilion after having made 106 off 92 deliveries, which included 11 boundaries and a six.

Kohli's 25th ODI century went in vain

Kohli’s 25th ODI century went in vain

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Following Kohli’s dismissal, India’s middle and lower order completely collapsed as none of them, with the exception of Ravindra Jadeja, reached double figures.

Jadeja was left stranded on 24 not out as India went from 278/4 to being bowled out for 323.

Richardson was the most successful bowler with five wickets, while Hastings and Marsh snapped up two wickets apiece and Nathan Lyon claimed one.

Dhoni was less than impressed with his side’s performance, and said: “Im not angry, I’m disappointed. This was one game we should have batted much better. I’ll take responsibility, I should have carried on but I got out. There was a bit of pressure on the youngsters. International cricket is all about pressure, you think about the right shot. You realise you have to take a bit more time and take the game slightly to the end. Rohit batted very well with Shikhar. And Dhawan and Kohli batted majestically. In the last five years, we have not had a fixed bowling line-up other than the spinners. That pushes us to the extreme to get some extra runs.”

Smith was thrilled to have made it 4-0 in the series, and said: “It looked like they were cruising, a couple of wickets swing things. Richardson did very well as well. You have to try everything when Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan were batting, it felt like we needed 15 or 16 fielders. We had a never-say-die attitude tonight. When we had a sniff, we made a run for it.”

Richardson was named Man of the Match, and said: “It’s a funny old game, cricket. We always knew it would speed up once we got a wicket but we did not get it. Hastings could be up here as well. You try and bowl good balls but sometimes they go for sixes. Its our job to try and stop em.”

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