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March 1, 2012
Tasmania 3 for 199 (Ponting 91*, Bailey 65) v South Australia 126 (Stray 51, Faulkner 4-22, Bird 4-38)
Ricky Ponting was at the forefront as Tasmania made up for a washed out day one by clambering all over South Australia in the Sheffield Shield match at Adelaide Oval.
Having bowled the Redbacks out for 126, the visitors strode to 3 for 199 by the close, Ponting unbeaten on 91 after his captain George Bailey had collected 65 only to be dismissed shortly before stumps by Nathan Lyon.
Needing outright points to give themselves the best chance of qualifying for the Shield final, the Tigers orchestrated a dramatic tumble after SA had reached 1 for 83 via a solid half century from the young top order batsman Tom Stray. From that point the Redbacks lost 9 for 43 either side of lunch, as James Faulkner and Jackson Bird sliced through the hosts.
When the Tigers batted, Ed Cowan was out early, dragging Joe Mennie onto the stumps, and Mark Cosgrove retired hurt after he was struck a heavy blow on the hand by a ball from Gary Putland. However Ponting and Bailey were fluent in taking Tasmania to a dominant position.
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