Australia vs India 3rd Test Day 4: Rogers and Marsh give Australia 326-run lead heading into final day

Rogers' excellent form with the bat continued

Rogers’ excellent form with the bat continued

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Australia opener Chris Rogers and batsman Shaun Marsh both made half-centuries to give their side a 326-run lead over India heading into the final day of the third Test in Melbourne.

Starting out the day on 462/8, it only took Australia left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson two balls to dismiss Umesh Yadav for a duck.

India were bowled out for 465, which gave Australia a 65-run lead, when Mohammed Shami was caught by Australia stand-in captain Steven Smith at second slip off the bowling of Johnson for 12 runs.

Ryan Harris was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Johnson snapped up three, Nathan Lyon took two and Shane Watson chipped in with one.

With a 65-run lead in hand, Australia got off to a great start as David Warner and Rogers amassed a 57-run partnership before Warner was given out lbw off the bowling of Ravichandran Ashwin for 40.

Following the lunch break, the heavens parted and play was postponed for approximately 90 minutes before the players came back onto the field.

India seemed to have benefited from the rain delay as Shane Watson only made 17 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Ishant Sharma.

Smith fared no better as he was caught by Ajinkya Rahane at leg slip off the bowling of Yadav for 14 runs.

Rogers went on to score 69 off 123 balls, which included eight boundaries, before he was clean bowled by Ashwin.

Debutant Joe Burns failed to have an impact with the bat as he was caught behind off the bowling of Sharma for nine runs.

Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin mustered 13 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Yadav.

However, Haddin should not have been given out since Hot-Spot did not reveal any evidence of an edge.

Johnson scored 15 runs before he was caught by Rahane at midwicket off the bowling of Shami.

Marsh and Harris put together an unbeaten 27-run partnership, during which Marsh brought up his half-century, before stumps was called.

Marsh finished on 62 off 131 balls, which included eight boundaries and a six, while Harris remained undefeated on eight.

Marsh hit eight boundaries and a six during his unbeaten knock of 62

Marsh hit eight boundaries and a six during his unbeaten knock of 62

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Yadav, Sharma and Ashwin picked up two wickets apiece, while Shami claimed one.

Australia ended day four on 261/7 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 23:00 GMT (previous day).

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