WA started the second day at 4-75 in reply to the Redbacks' 159. Only a handy 47 from Josh Philippe got WA to within touching distance of the visitors total.

Redbacks bowlers Nick Winter and Daniel Worrall managed to swing the Dukes ball well taking seven wickets between them.

After the lunch break it was the home sides turn to make the ball talk, as South Australia started their second innings losing Jake Weatherald early for five.

The tourists then dug in to build a partnership, before Hilton Cartwright again provided a top order breakthrough getting rid of Conor McInerney for 46.

Lehmann fell soon after for 30 which triggered a steady stream of wickets.

Matt Kelly took 4-55 for WA and while the ball has dominated the game, the hot Perth weather might be making life for batsmen a little easier in the second half of the contest.

"The game's moving pretty quickly and with the wicket we've got here, it's going to be doing that," Kelly said.

"We had patches of really good bowling today and that's when we took most of our wickets. We just have to maintain that and get the two early ones tomorrow."

Travis Head (72*) and Daniel Worrall (13*) will resume for South Australia, who are 8-218, when play gets continues from 10:30am AWST.