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Canberra has the home ground advantage

They came to Manuka Oval in their thousands on Wednesday  anticipating a scorching afternoon of one-day international cricket, and both the weather and the players delivered in spades as Australia took on rivals India in front of a packed crowd. 

With fans primed for big scores and temperatures, it was standing room only on the hill as David Warner and Aaron Finch ran riot with the bat.

In front of a sell-out crowd of 10,922, Warner and Finch posted a 187-run opening stand in just 177 balls.

It is the first time in the series Australia has batted first after successfully chasing down big totals in the first three games to take an unassailable 3-0 lead. 

In the end though, the plucky Indian team just failed to chase down the Australian's massive total of for 8 for 348, bowled out for 323 in the final over.

Golam Rashed and Mathanray Theivakularatnan decked out in Australian bow ties, considered themselves lucky to be at the cricket.

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"We nearly forgot that there was a match on, and we knew all the tickets would be gone," Mr Rashed said.

"But there was a website, they held a competition last week with a daily quiz, and if you answered [correctly], you get free entry. So we entered and won."

Australia's unbeatable lead in the series wasn't enough to dampen the spirits of visiting Indian fans, who filled the grounds with the sounds of the traditional celebratory northern Indian drum the dhol.

Indian fans sporting drums roamed the stands, inciting frenzied dancing and cheering. Ashish Sharma and his family were wearing Himachali caps, headwear from a small Himalayan mountain village.

"I have given one of these to Rishi Dhawan yesterday. So we are hoping he will recognise them today," Mr Sharma said.

Not to be outdone by the visitors, Australian fans were equally as boisterous and involved, many sporting capes and sombreros.

Blake Conlon, sporting a yellow Dave Warner shirt, hat, and cape, said the more fans who dress to impress at international sporting events, the higher the likelihood that Canberra will play host more often.

"Yeah we absolutely do [always dress up], whether it's the cricket for Australia or the Big Bash final last year, or the AFL we make sure we dress up in the right colours to support the home side," Mr Conlon said. 
"And to make sure they keep bringing sport to Canberra."

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