Tasmania v Victoria, Sheffield Shield, Hobart, 2nd day November 9, 2014

Fawad, Christian rattle Tasmania

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tasmania 9 for 241 (Cowan 105, Fawad 3-71, Christian 3-21) trail Victoria 279 (Handscomb 96, Fekete 4-70, Kingston 4-79) by 38 runs

Peter Handscomb, Dan Christian and Fawad Ahmed all had a hand in putting Victoria in a decent position midway through their Sheffield Shield match with Tasmania, despite a fluent and rapid century by the often more obdurate Ed Cowan.

Largely due to Cowan's hundred, which arrived from a mere 115 balls, the Tigers were briefly in the ascendant at 2 for 152 with Jon Wells also playing freely. The sometime Test No. 3 Alex Doolan had fallen for 16 to Scott Boland.

However Christian and then Fawad contributed regular wickets, the legspinner ultimately defeating Cowan when the left-hander advanced one too many times and was stumped by Handscomb.

That smart glove work underlined Handscomb's talent, which had already been illustrated by a spirited 96 that had guided the Bushrangers from 4 for 102 to a tally of 279.