Rossouw ton hands SA A initiative
Australia A 112 for 2 (Doolan 43*, Maddinson 35*) and 146 (Maddinson 88, Hendricks 5-52) trail South Africa A 356 (Rossouw 115*, Elgar 83, Ahmed 4-80) by 98 runs
An unbeaten 115 from left-hand batsman Rilee Rossouw put South Africa A firmly in command of the second unofficial Test against Australia A in Rustenberg.
Resuming the day on 22, Rossouw struck 15 fours during his innings to take South Africa A to 356 and establish a lead of 210, after an abject batting display on the first day saw Australia A destroyed by pace for 146.
South Africa A lost Temba Bavuma early in the day, but Rossouw hit back by putting up crucial stands of 59 and 66 for the fifth and seventh wickets with Justin Ontong and Simon Harmer, respectively. Legspinner Fawad Ahmed was the pick of the bowlers for Australia A, ending with figures of 4 for 80.
Australia A had a shaky start to the second innings as well, as Aaron Finch departed cheaply for 5 in the third over, and shortly afterwards, Shaun Marsh was dismissed by Harmer's offspin for 24.
Precariously placed at 38 for 2, Alex Doolan and Nic Maddinson fought back with an unbeaten third-wicket stand of 74.