Vics fight back but Redbacks still in charge

DESPITE an unusually patient 97 by opener Aaron Finch, South Australia remained in control at stumps on day three of its Sheffield Shield match against Victoria at the MCG yesterday.

Finch, known for his explosive batting in the shorter formats, fell three runs short of a ton from 248 balls.

He was helped by fellow attacking batsman Glenn Maxwell (pictured), who compiled 82 off 121.

But the Vics still look destined for outright defeat at 8-353, only 128 runs ahead in its second innings.

The Bushrangers started the day with some optimism at 0-78, after falling for just 118 in the first innings, in reply to the Redbacks' 343 all out.

But a middle order collapse saw them lose 4-38.

In his comeback from a hamstring injury, Redbacks quick Gary Putland once again impressed with 3-93, after taking 3-16 in Victoria's lowly first innings.