Victoria 367 (Finch 102, Harper 80, Mennie 4-64) and 0 for 36 need another 165 runs to beat South Australia 405 and 162 (Head 52, Holland 4-25, Stoinis 3-45)
Victoria's Jon Holland and Marcus Stoinis sparked a South Australia collapse that gave the Bushrangers the upper hand on the third day at the MCG. The Redbacks had earned a first-innings advantage but their second-innings capitulation for 162 left Victoria chasing 201 for victory, and by stumps they were already 0 for 36, with Marcus Harris on 19 and Travis Dean on 17.
The day had started with Victoria on 6 for 263 in reply to South Australia's 405, and the lower order rallied to add 104 for the loss of the final four wickets. Although wicketkeeper Sam Harper missed the chance for a maiden first-class century when he was bowled by Adam Zampa for 80, late runs from Scott Boland (30), Holland (28 not out) and Chris Tremain (20) were valuable.
South Australia began reasonably well in their second innings and reached 3 for 107 before the collapse - they lost their last seven wickets for 55 runs. Holland turned one sharply in to bowl the left-hander Jake Lehmann for 28 and then he and Stoinis (3 for 45) ran through much of the rest of the order.
The South Australia captain Travis Head top scored for the second time in the match, adding 52 to his first-innings 130, before he became the final victim for Holland, who finished with 4 for 25. Callum Ferguson ended his run of single-figure scores but managed only 24 before he was lbw to Stoinis.