South Australia v Victoria, Pura Cup, Adelaide, 3rd day October 29, 2006

Warne finds form as Victoria take control

Cricinfo staff

Victoria 6 for 385 dec and 4 for 201 (Jewell 93*) lead South Australia 282 (Lehmann 136*, Borgas 66, Warne 5-103) by 304 runs

Two of Australia's greatest modern players held their sides together in Adelaide today, but it was Shane Warne's Victoria who held the upper hand over Darren Lehmann's South Australia with a day to play. Lehmann turned his overnight 75 into 136 not out as the Redbacks reached 282, but Warne's 5 for 103 gave the Bushrangers a crucial first-innings lead of 103.

The mood of the visitors was helped further when Nick Jewell posted 93 not out to guide them to the comfort of 4 for 201 and a 304-run advantage at stumps. Brad Hodge also added 45 while Cullen Bailey picked up three wickets for South Australia with his developing legspin.

However, the country's No. 1 slow bowler had produced the more important performance and will be a threat again when Victoria declare for the second time on a wearing pitch. Warne started with the dismissal of Graham Manou in his first over but he was also responsible for giving Lehmann a chance at slip on 90. Lehmann went on to his 44th Australian domestic century and also passed 25,000 first-class runs during the innings.

Warne gave his young protégé Bailey a lesson by having him lbw and then delivered a flipper to remove Paul Rofe the same way. "A couple of [flippers], they came out pretty well, a couple of wrong'uns came out good, so I'm happy, happy with the way I'm bowling," Warne told AAP. "The figures are always nice as a reward, but I was just happy with the way I was bowling, I was getting the ball to turn and bounce."