Christian's all-round heroics deliver Redbacks win
South Australia 5 for 199 (Christian 86, Klinger 78*) beat Victoria 198 (Hussey 45, Christian 6-48, Edmondson 4-49) by 5 wickets
Daniel Christian completed one of the great all-round efforts in Australian domestic one-day history, to deliver South Australia a five-wicket win over Victoria in Geelong. Christian took 6 for 48, easily his best one-day bowling figures, before blasting 86 as the Redbacks cruised past Victoria's 198 with 19 balls to spare.
The move to the regional centre didn't suit the hosts, although they did pick up one point for being ahead of South Australia at the halfway mark. Victoria's first block of 20 overs brought them 3 for 90 - the Geelong local Aaron Finch failed to impress his home crowd with 11 - and thanks to Victoria's fast men, the Redbacks struggled to 4 for 63 after their opening block.
But Christian and Ben Edmondson (4 for 49) restricted the Bushrangers in their second half, with David Hussey's 45 the top score on a slow drop-in pitch. Adding to Victoria's woes, their in-form star batsman Brad Hodge retired hurt on 18 after he was struck on the right thumb by a ball from Christian, although he did return to the crease after heading to hospital for precautionary x-rays.
Victoria's total left South Australia needing 136 from their final 25 overs with six wickets in hand, which could have been tricky had the hosts broken in to the lower order. But the captain Michael Klinger (78 not out) combined with Christian for a 138-run partnership that ensured success for the Redbacks, who have now won two Ryobi Cup matches in a row.