Shanu Marsh scored his first ton in Australia © Getty Images
Shanu Marsh was run-out for 99 © Getty Images

By Nishad Pai Vaidya

Dec 30, 2014

Shaun Marsh was dismissed on 99 as Australia declared at 318 for nine on Day Five of the third Test in Melbourne . Australia did not declare as most people expected them to and continued batting as Marsh moved to a ton. Given the number of runs, India may only play for a draw with 384 to win and Australia have to chase the game.

Australia started Day Five 326 ahead. Three balls into the day’s play, the rains came down and half an hour was lost. And they came back on only to see rain return a few minutes later. On return, the slow proceedings continued. Marsh batted with measure and worked the ball around, trusting Ryan Harris to take strike.

For a major part, it was a quite game with Marsh working his way into the 80s. However, when Harris was dismissed, Marsh decided to smash it around and then moved to 99. And then in dramatic circumstances, he pushed one down the ground and ran for a single, there was a direct hit and he was found short.

With the last wicket out, the umpires had initially decided to stay on for an extra half an hour, but Australia then declared.

Brief scores:

Australia 530 (Chris Rogers 57, Shane Watson 52, Steven Smith 192, Ryan Harris 74, Brad Haddin 55; Umesh Yadav 3 for 130, Mohammed Shami 4 for 138, Ravichandran Ashwin 3 for 134) and 318 for 9 decl. (David Warner 40, Chris Rogers 69, Shaun Marsh 99; Ravichandran Ashwin 2 for 75, Mohammed Shami 2 for 92, Ishant Sharma 2 for 49, Umesh Yadav 2 for 89) lead India 465 (Murali Vijay 68, Virat Kohli 169, Ajinkya Rahane 147; Ryan Harris 4 for 70, Mitchell Johnson 3 for 135, Nathan Lyon 2 for 108) by 383 runs.

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