Qld v NSW, Sheffield Shield, Brisbane November 4, 2012

Khawaja fifty sets up Bulls win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Queensland 256 and 4 for 106 (Khawaja 54) beat New South Wales 184 and 175 (Warner 39, Gannon 4-61, Feldman 3-58) by 6 wickets

Usman Khawaja's second half-century of the match helped steer Queensland to a comfortable six-wicket victory over New South Wales at Allan Border Field. The New South Wales line-up was heavy on Test players but in their second innings it was the unheralded Queensland fast-bowling pair of Cameron Gannon and Luke Feldman who restricted them to 175.

The Blues resumed on 5 for 121, which was effectively 6 for 121 given that Shane Watson would not bat due to his calf problem, and they added 54 to their overnight total. Mitchell Starc made a brisk 25 from 17 balls before he was bowled by Feldman, who finished with seven wickets for the match, and Peter Nevill (28) was the other major contributor on Sunday before he was caught behind off Gannon, who took 4 for 61.

That left the Bulls chasing 104 and although Doug Bollinger removed the opener Wade Townsend for a duck, Khawaja and Peter Forrest ensured there would be no disaster for Queensland. Khawaja made 54, the same score he had made in the first innings, before he became one of two wickets for Trent Copeland, who also had Joe Burns caught behind for a duck. Forrest and Nathan Reardon knocked off the remaining runs as the Bulls cruised to 4 for 106.