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Australia Beats India In Fourth One Day International at Manuka Oval in Canberra

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CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 20: Kane Richardson of Australia celebrates with team mates after taking a wicket during the Victoria Bitter One Day International match between Australia and India at Manuka Oval on January 20, 2016 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Well, you could say Australia pulled victory from the jaws of defeat in the fourth One day match against India at Manuka Oval in Canberra.

But this was a victory pulled from deep down the oesophagus and perhaps even from the digestive tract. Australia were gone. The home team went big with the bat, but not as big as they might have gone, posting a score of 8 for 348 from 50 overs.

In reply, India were cruising. They were 1 for 277 in the 38th over with an asking rate of not much more than a run per ball. Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli were at the crease, both with centuries to their name. But John Hastings removed Dhawan for 126 and Kohli followed a run later for 106 -- the first of five Kane Richardson scalps.

Australia's second string bowling attack looked pretty ordinary for most of the night, but 24-year-old Richardson found the form that has made him so valuable in the Big Bash for the Adelaide Strikers, as India cracked like a freshly cooked papadum.

Despite a late spate of dropsy, Australia held enough catches to clinch a remarkable win. The 25 run margin belied just how close things were until the final over or two.

This was a great night for Aaron Finch, who notched his seventh ODI century. Dave Warner scored a fine 93, Steve Smith a typically breezy 51 and Glenn Maxwell a belligerent 41.

Mitchell Marsh scored 33, a very Mitchell Marshy sort of total which was enough to get you excited but which ultimately left you disappointed. He is doing a very good impersonation of the new Shane Watson.

Nathan Lyon was expensive early in his recall to the Australian One day line-up. But his Test match experience proved invaluable late in the innings, and he did his part in ensuring victory in his first One Day International since 2014 -- despite figures of 1 for 76.

Richardson was man-of-the-match for his figures of 5 for 68. The final match is in Sydney on Saturday.