SA v Qld, Ryobi Cup, Adelaide October 21, 2012

Hughes steers Redbacks to big win

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South Australia 1 for 192 (Hughes 95*, Klinger 72) beat Queensland 189 (Khawaja 57, Burns 51, Richardson 6-48) by 9 wickets

Phillip Hughes continued to show the improvements he has made in his time out of the national setup, steering South Australia to a hefty nine-wicket win over Queensland at Adelaide Oval. After Kane Richardson picked up six wickets to restrict the Bulls to 189, Hughes guided the chase with ease and finished unbeaten on 95 when the winning runs came in the 37th over, handing the Redbacks a valuable bonus point.

Hughes and Michael Klinger put on 138 for the opening wicket and quickly ended any hopes Queensland may have had of defending their small total. Klinger faced more of the strike and brought up his half-century from 60 deliveries, eventually departing for 72 when he was trapped lbw by James Hopes.

But it was Hughes who was most impressive, scoring all around the ground in a confident display as he brought up his fifty from 56 deliveries. He found gaps with his usual cuts and cover-drives, and notably with pulls through and in front of square, which has not always been a strong area for him. Hughes has now started his first season as a South Australia player solidly, adding to the 95 and 83 he made in the first Sheffield Shield game.

He brought up the victory with six over long-on from the spin of Brad Ipson, and it was a fittingly dominant way to end a match that South Australia owned completely. The result had been set up earlier in the day by Richardson, who was named Man of the Match for his 6 for 48, the equal third-best one-day bowling figures by a South Australia player.

Things weren't going too badly for the Bulls early as the opener Usman Khawaja brought up a confident half-century. But having pulled Richardson for six in the 24th over, Khawaja tried to repeat the stroke a few balls later and managed only to sky a catch to deep midwicket, where he was caught for 57 from 69 balls.

It was just what the Bulls didn't need, for none of the rest of their batsmen found it easy to get in. Richardson caused all kinds of havoc in his next over, picking up three wickets as Peter Forrest was hurried by a bouncer and fended a catch to fine leg, Chris Lynn was caught and bowled off a leading edge and Nathan Reardon edged behind from a ball that moved away.

Queensland were wobbling badly at 5 for 103, and it took some patience from Joe Burns to help steady things. Burns had taken 16 balls to get off the mark, with a slog-swept six off Johan Botha, but after that he found scoring difficult and scratched out 51 from 83 balls, while he had support from Ipson, who made 33 batting at No.9. But Richardson's strikes had been terminal for Queensland, who were bowled out for 189 in the 49th over.

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  • Andrew on October 23, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    @ Rahul_Ashok on (October 23 2012, 10:48 AM GMT) - mate whilst it is OK to have a different POV to hyclass, & you are right that he tends to be repititive, he is now entirely incorrect in the things he says. His stats are usually spot on - although at times I think he uses them incorrectly & his talk of flaws in technique have been summarised on articles on this site. That all said, I too think like @Macca_mat - in that I am expecting Khawaja to carve out a good season this summer & push for the next overseas tours! @Macca_mat on (October 23 2012, 10:47 AM GMT) - I don't like discounting runs because they are scored against a certain team (i.e Sth Oz). I do sometimes exclude Bangladesh & Zimbabwe from batting & bowling stats when talking Test matches, even though the reality is IF scoring runs against Sth Oz was that easy - everyone should have great stats. @zenboomerang - nice try - but you are the one that goes off on strange vectors "..clarke's mates.." - hmm try & back that up!

  • Rahul on October 23, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    @ zenboomerang and @Macca_mat I think you guys have summarised why Hyclass is getting all the negative responses. I hope he has something new to add to the debate rather then writing the same incorrect information on Khawaja over and over again.

  • Mariam on October 23, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    @zenboomerang well said bud, we are all getting tired of Hyclass's same responses on Khawaja too, I am happy for people to put forward informed views but not the same responses over and over again. @Meety i take your point mate, a century against this SA attack will be good as George is playing as well but you will see through the season that Khawaja will score against all attacks.

  • Roo on October 23, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    @Macca_mat... From memory it was the highest run chase at the Wanderers (310 I think) & 4th highest is SA ever - so a very impressive victory & a good tough Test match... I think everyone is sick & tired of the broken record hyclass - his rare replies to me are completely opposite to my questions, disjointed, illogical & going off on strange vectors... I'd have Ussie before Forrest any day in ODI's & Tests, seems Ussie doesn't get Clarkes approval as he's not a mate... You also got replied to by the biggest hyclass fan... Says it all really... lol...

  • Andrew on October 23, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    @Dashgar - no Richardson or Putland for the Shield so what do I know?

  • Andrew on October 23, 2012, 0:12 GMT

    @Macca_mat on (October 22 2012, 12:07 PM GMT) - small point of order, Oz's run chase v Saffas was around 300 not 400. @ross_fleming - whilst I have said recently I think that Ussie was treated with less patience as someone like S Marsh, I think his last season cannot be brushed aside as a result of being dropped from the Test team. The climate in the NSW change rooms was not good as half the squad at some time had been dropped from the national team - but at the end of the day a player needs to take reponsibility for his own output. In the case of Ussie - he was responsible for not scoring runs (allowing for the odd jaffa). In regards to this season, I have felt he has done well so far (not great), but as Hyclass has alluded to, he scores well against the Sth Ozzys, so I will be looking for runs against the other Shield attacks. That said a ton a against the Sth Ozzys wouldn't hurt, as I think if they go in with George/Richardson/Putland/Christian/Lyon & Saffa they would be good runs!

  • Rahul on October 22, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    Talking to Hyclass is like talking to a wall. He has his biases with Khawaja and will continue to state incorrect facts regardless of whether Khawaja gets runs or not. Yesterday Khawaja batted beautifully and you only had to watch him to realise that he has the best technique out of all the young batsman going around. Surely the likes of Mark Waugh, Chappell, Border and Clarke can't be wrong in listing him among the best young batsman in the country. But Hyclass knows more then these experts. Wonder how many first class games Hyclass has played, probably 0.

  • Allan on October 22, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    @Hyclass you seem to comment on Khawaja even when the articles are not about him, what's up with that. Did Khawaja ignore your at a game during a signature session, something must have happened for you to continue your continuous attacks on him. @Macca_Mat no use trying to convince Hyclass, best thing to do is ignore his comments as he must know more then Border, Taylor, Clarke and other champion cricketers. And Hyclass your scores that you listed for List A were incorrect. Khawaja top scored in his last 2 games for Derbyshire which got them to division 1. He was also the top scorer on day 1 against SA when all other good batsman including Burns and Forrest failed. He also top scored against South Africa earlier in the year and against Aus A in the game for Derbyshire. He scores in tough conditions and you need to remove your bias and give credit where its due.

  • Ross on October 22, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    @Macca well said champ, Hyclass needs to get his facts correct. Khawaja is a champion batsman and Hyclass's incorrect critisms are getting old. He is a great ambassador and representative for Sub continent players around Australia. Hyclass you need to stop repeating your incorrect observations on the trigger movements on Khawaja, he is a fantastic player and has one of the best techniques of all the younger players going around as he hasn't played alot of 20 20 cricket. North and him have nothing in common. The reason he didn't get runs last year(hence his average got in the mid 40s) was because he was unfairly dropped after top scoring against South Africa in their home territory.Unlike all other debutants Khawaja barely got a chance to prove himself, he had at best 2 games in a row to prove himself where his counterparts got 2 series or more to do the same.

  • Mariam on October 22, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    @hyclass you are back as usual with your unfair critisms of Khawaja. This is getting too predicatable mate, let me correct you. Khawaja's average dropped once he was unfairly dropped from the Aussie side when only 1 game before being dropped he was run out in Gabba when on 40 and scored a game high 80 against South Africa(world's best bowling attack) in a record 400 chase. If he got half the chances some of the other young players got we would have a world class 3. As for backing your incorrect trigger comments no English commentator said that but Border, Taylor, Waugh and Inevarity listed his technique as the best in the country among the young batsman around. As for your comment against him scoring against SA, he had an average of 100 against Qld and has scored centuries against all other states. Seriously mate give it a rest.

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