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November 10, 2012
Day two Queensland 8 for 319 (Khawaja 138, Faulkner 3-77) lead Tasmania 95 (Cutting 4-25, Feldman 4-33) by 224 runs
Tasmania were swept away for 95 before an outstanding century from Usman Khawaja rushed Queensland to 8 for 319 on an extraordinary second day of the Sheffield Shield match in Hobart.
Day one had been begun with a tornado warning for Hobart and was lost entirely to rain, but the match progressed rapidly when it did belatedly begin.
Queensland's pacemen Luke Feldman, Cameron Gannon and Ben Cutting made a fearful mess of the Tigers' batting, which subsided from a sound-enough 2 for 49 to be all over just 44 runs later.
There was generous movement and variable bounce to be extracted from a verdant green surface, and Queensland's reply appeared headed for a similar fate at 2 for 30.
But Khawaja played an innings of rare skill and some courage, attacking the moving ball while forming critical partnerships of 84 with Peter Forrest, 60 with Joe Burns and 64 with Cutting, something of a lower order batting specialist this season.
Khawaja pinged 21 boundaries and two sixes, taking a particular toll on the left-arm spin of Xavier Doherty and the left-arm fast medium of James Faulkner, who picked up three wickets at some expense.
The Bulls thus ended the day with a daunting lead of 224, and were indebted to their No. 3 Khawaja for getting there.
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