South Australia v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, Adelaide, 3rd day March 12, 2011

Doolan, Kruger give Tasmania hope

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tasmania 124 and 1 for 134 (Doolan 78*, Kruger 55*) need another 239 runs to beat South Australia 298 and 198 (Bailey 79, Maher 3-23, Doherty 3-56)

Alex Doolan and Nick Kruger have given Tasmania a strong chance of chasing 373 for victory in Adelaide, which would secure them a home Sheffield Shield final. The Redbacks struggled to 198 in their second innings and by stumps, Tasmania were 1 for 134 with Doolan on 78 and Kruger on 55, and they were only 239 runs from their goal.

The only wicket the Tigers had lost was that of Ed Cowan, who was caught at slip off Gary Putland for a duck in the first over of the innings. Xavier Doherty and Adam Maher, with three wickets each, helped drag Tasmania back into the match as South Australia's specialist batsmen all failed to pass 20; the only man who did was the bowler Cullen Bailey, who made 79.

Daniel Harris, the South Australia opener, batted at No. 8 after suffering a broken nose during the first innings, and he managed 18 before he was stumped off the bowling of Doherty. The Redbacks will finish on the bottom of the table but are searching for a farewell victory for their veteran wicketkeeper Graham Manou, who has announced it will be his final first-class game.