At the Junction Oval in Melbourne, Wes Agar got an outstanding five-wicket haul, but South Australia failed to capitalise on their advantage. After dismissing their opponents for a pitiful 169 in less than two sessions, South Australia was rocked by Mitchell Perry and reduced to 75/5 by Stumps, still 94 runs behind.
Victoria made the brave move to open the batting on a hot surface, and after a steady start, their innings came apart fairly abruptly and violently. The hosts were rapidly reduced from 59/1 to 124/6 with the return of Glenn Maxwell among the batsmen coming in and going out in a line. For Victoria to reach a respectable score, an innings like the one that Matthew Short delivered was necessary. Before Agar came back to finish his five-wicket haul and mop up the tail, Short smashed 10 fours in his 69-ball 70. For the visitors, Nathan McAndrew and Jordan Buckingham each claimed two wickets.
South Australia, however, was unable to build on their early advantage. The first three wickets to fall were all taken by Perry, then Fergus O’Neill and Jon Holland each took one to reduce them to 75/5. If the visitors want to approach Victoria’s first-inning score, they will need to counterattack with their own innings.
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