South Australia v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, Adelaide, 3rd day March 2, 2012

Ponting, Krejza prosper but Redbacks fight

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Australia 126 and 0 for 103 (Klinger 67*) trail Tasmania 399 (Ponting 130, Krejza 84, Bailey 65) by 170 runs

A Ricky Ponting century and an aggressive 84 from Jason Krejza propelled Tasmania to a vast lead over South Australia, before the Redbacks made a better start to their second innings to make a fight of the Sheffield Shield match at Adelaide Oval.

After the Tigers closed at 9 for 399, with Mark Cosgrove unable to bat due to a finger injury, SA's openers Michael Klinger and Tom Stray reached 0 for 103 by stumps, closing the deficit to 170 runs.

Ponting's 130 was his first Shield century for Tasmania since November 2007, and arrived at the ground on which he made his debut for the state in 1992.

Krejza's innings was speckled with 10 boundaries and a six, and he appeared set to add a second first-class century to his career tally before he was last out.

Nathan Lyon, Joe Mennie and Peter George claimed three wickets apiece for the Redbacks, who can thwart Tasmania's Shield final ambitions by securing a draw on the final day.