New South Wales 159 and 9 for 178 (Larkin 53, Patterson 50, Boland 5-48) trace Victoria 9 for 445 (Harris 250 *, Handscomb 48, Copeland 3-74 ) for 108 races
A sublime undefeated Marcus Harris and five [Scottish] Scott Boland have put Victoria on the verge of a crushing victory of innings over New South Wales in the MCG. By needing 286 in his second innings to make Victoria hit again, New South Wales collapsed under the relentless pressure of Boland.
Forced an error by Daniel Hughes at the start of the innings before Nick Larkin and Kurtis Patterson opposed some resistance. Larkin made a well-compiled 53 before being knocked down, leaving a ball of Andrew Fekete that slid down the seam from the pit to the stump. Moises Henriques was trapped in the front of Boland and Jack Edwards was caught by a diabolical inswinger of Tremain.
The Blues fell from 4 by 167 to 9 by 175 in the space of 12 overs. Patterson reached his second half-century of the game, but again fell to a quick tilt of his right arm and moved away from the whole field. In the first innings, it was Chris Tremain who found his external advantage, in the second was Boland.
Boland also downed Daniel Sams and Daniel Fallins for their fourth five-window game in first-class cricket after Fawad Ahmed was responsible for Peter Nevill and Jason Sangha.
The last pair of Mickey Edwards and Trent Copeland of the Blues survived 60 balls on the third night to ensure the game entered on a fourth day.
Previously, Harris went ahead during the night. a total of 210 to make a total of 250. He faced 403 balls and scored 22 in four and six in his extraordinary innings to put his name on lights before the series of tests against India.
Harris received incredible support from Fawad, who posted his highest score in first-class cricket. He made 34 from 90 balls with four legs and six to rub salt on Blues' wounds. Harris and Andrew Fekete also added an undefeated 54 for the tenth wicket before being declared by Peter Handscomb.