Tasmania collapse gives Queensland slim chance of win

Queensland 148 & 2 for 29 (Burns 16, Hemphrey 8 *, Bell 1-10) needs 311 races to beat Tasmania 355 and 132 (Wade 51, Swepson 3-17, Steketee 3-34)

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A surprising collapse of Tasmania has given Queensland a small chance of a remarkable comeback in Gabba after five windows of ] Jackson Bird had put the Tigers in control.

Queensland started the third day at 5 for 74 in their first innings and Nathan McSweeney and Jimmy Peirson compiled a 60-race stand before Simon Milenko made the breakthrough, eliminating rookie McSweeney by 35. Tom Rogers claimed to Peirson shortly after and Bird cleaned the queue to claim his 13th five-window tour in first-class cricket. [19659007] Tasmania started their second innings with a 207 lead, but they lost their first four wickets by 36 with Mark Steketee pocketing three of them. George Bailey fell to an amazing capture of McSweeney on the deck. Jake Doran was left without a direct hit from Sam Heazlett after the batter collided with teammate Matthew Wade while performing a simple single.

The Tigres goalkeeper kept the bottom half of the innings along with his second half century in the match. But Mitchell Swepson claimed 3 for 17 to close the innings and leave Queensland needing 340 for an improbable victory.

The chase started badly, although Sam Truloff threw Bird's third ball. Joe Burns defeated Gabe Bell in the third place of the day. The Bulls need 311 runs to win on the last day with eight windows in hand.

source:- espncricinfo.com

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