Queensland has won the toss and chose to bowl first in overcast conditions at Hurstville Oval.

That advantage they’ve picked have turned into reaping rewards where Billy Stanlake picks up two early wickets.

Firstly, Jake Weatherald scooped up high before James Pierson takes the catch.

Secondly, Callum Ferguson tried to hit aggressively down the ground.

But Max Bryant didn’t need to worry about that cannon-ball screamer at extra cover.

With the SA Top Order continues to collapse, Xavier Bartlett gets caught and bowl off Jake Lehmann for 6.

Although, the introduction of Tom Cooper helped Alex Carey and SA a bit through a couple of fours and sixes.

But Matt Kuhnemann gets his breakthrough where Mitchell Swepson ended Carey’s innings on 42 at square leg.

With Alex Ross joining Tom Cooper in the crease, they tried to find a solution in keeping SA’s run-fest alive.

For Ross, his innings ended early on 9 as Xavier Bartlett takes a magnificent dive at slip which delights Stanlake’s 3rd scalp.

Then comes Cameron Valente for 11, thanks to the catch from Sam Truloff at slip off Swepson.

Though, Cooper continued on as he patiently earned his much-needed 50 followed by 100.

Backed up from his knock, South Australia reached 200 with less than 15 overs to go before Matt Kuhnemann picked up his 2nd wicket in the lbw off Joe Mennie for 5.

Adam Zampa performed some sublime batting a bit by himself with a 50-run partnership with Cooper.

But the catch of Xavier Bartlett off Mark Steketee’s first wicket marked Zampa’s end in the crease on 32.

The top order may have misfired earlier on.

But SA is confident that the much-needed help of Tom Cooper and the lower-order have done enough to recover as they bowl & field the second innings.

After the last two dismissals of Tom Cooper’s fantastic knock of 139 & Kane Richardson, South Australia are all out for 280.

On the other hand, Queensland will need to respond on a set target of 281.

Published by Sports Benches

Matthew Nicholas, the founder/blogger/vlogger on Sports Benches, is an aspiring cricket player & passionate sports fanatic who lives in Sydney, Australia.

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