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Ronny leads the way

A final session fight back has the Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers on an even keel with South Australia at stumps on day one of their Bupa Sheffield Shield clash at the MCG.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Victoria was skittled for just 220 on a lively pitch, but hit back via their four-pronged pace attack to leave the Redbacks in trouble at 4-81.

After losing both Chris Rogers and Aaron Finch without scoring inside the first three overs, the Bushrangers were momentarily rescued by skipper Cameron White (31) and Rob Quiney (45) before both batsmen fell before lunch.

The pair put on 75 for the third wicket before White, who earlier today moved past Bill Lawry as the state's longest serving captain, fell at bat-pad and he was joined shortly after by Quiney and Peter Handscomb (six) to go into lunch at 5-96.

A rear-guard half-century from Andrew McDonald which included five boundaries and two towering sixes off Tom Cooper pushed the total past 200 with the assistance of returning Test quick Peter Siddle, who compiled 41.

"We got ourselves out of a bit of a tricky situation there and we got ourselves a half-decent first-innings total in difficult conditions," McDonald said.

"The ball was seaming around a bit. There was a bit on offer for the bowlers.

"We took the punt. We won the toss and batted.

"In those conditions if you bowl well as we saw with (Joe) Mennie, you can really open a side up."

With Mennie claiming 5-43 from 21.1 overs, the Bushrangers were routed just after tea break before making inroads of their own before stumps.

Siddle (1-23) got the ball rolling when he removed James Smith for eight and Jayde Herrick capitalized after being swung around to the members' end to remove Michael Klinger for 24 with a short ball that he edged behind.

McDonald (1-13) capped off a great day when he removed Callum Ferguson for two and when Will Sheridan (1-15) got the better of Tom Stray (29) there was little separating either side.

Play will resume at the MCG tomorrow from 11am.  

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