Cameron White produced a fighting 88 to lead Victoria out of trouble on the opening day of their Bupa Sheffield Shield clash with South Australia at the MCG.
The undefeated Bushrangers closed at stumps with 6-259 after White fended off the Redbacks' attack from a troublesome 5-83.
South Australia seamer Gary Putland starred with the ball taking 4-48, including a trio of wickets in the 35th over to put Victoria on the back foot.
Putland clattered opener Chris Rogers' (39) stumps for the first wicket of a blistering spell before trapping Glenn Maxwell lbw just three balls later for a duck.
The talented all-rounder played all around a straight delivery while trying to play to the on side and was sent packing after facing just three deliveries.
The dangerous David Hussey was the next to go with Phillip Hughes taking a neat catch at second slip as he went for 29.
The Bushrangers, who had won three of their opening five matches outright, had White and Peter Handscomb (69) to thank for putting the stops on the Redbacks, who had a sole triumph in the four-day competition coming into the clash.
Without all-rounder Daniel Christian who was suspended for one match for damaging change rooms, Chadd Sayers stepped up with an early double breakthrough to set South Australia on their way.
Sayers dismissed Ryan Carters for a duck and Aaron Finch for nine, six overs later, before Putland took the reins.
But White's knock, which included seven boundaries and two sixes, silenced South Australia who could not find another breakthrough on the opening day.
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First Posted 23 November, 2012 6:57PM AEST