Queensland v WA, Ryobi Cup, Sydney October 22, 2013

Khawaja 88 gives Queensland third straight win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Queensland 3 for 145 (Khawaja 88*, Tye 2-36) beat Western Australia 9 for 212 (Marsh 119) by 35 runs according to D/L

An unbeaten fifty from Usman Khawaja, his fourth fifty of the tournament, helped Queensland to their third successive win in the Ryobi Cup, after beating Western Australia by 35 runs according to D/L in a rain-affected match in Sydney. The match had been reduced to 46 overs per side due to rain. This is the final round of matches, and as Queensland are at the top of the table, they will go through to the final, while Victoria and New South Wales proceed to the elimination final, with the winner facing Queensland for the overall final on October 27.

Khawaja's knock had powered Queensland to a comfortable 3 for 145 after 29.5 overs, and they were well on course to reaching the target of 213 before a second spell of rain put a premature end to the contest. Queensland, who were 36 runs ahead of the par score, were subsequently awarded the victory, and topped the table after finishing with five wins and just a solitary loss to Tasmania from their six group matches. The result left Western Australia rooted at the bottom, with just one win to their credit.

Khawaja has been in fine touch of late, having struck three fifties on the trot against Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales, and his 88 today went a long way in helping Queensland establish a firm hold. He struck 12 fours and one six during the innings, and added 60 for the third wicket with Nathan Reardon, before the players were taken off the field.

Western Australia, put into bat, had earlier got to a bad start, as the opener Cameron Bancroft was trapped lbw by Ryan Harris in the fifth over. Marsh however fought on, and slammed 5 sixes and 12 fours as he made a valiant 129-ball 119 - more than half of the team's total.

It was Marsh's third consecutive fifty-plus score of the series, after making 54 against South Australia and blasting a match-winning 84 against Tasmania on Saturday. However, a 74-run stand with Hilton Cartwright aside, he did not receive much support from the other end. Ryan Harris, Nathan Hauritz, Matthew Gale and Ben Cutting each finished with two wickets, as Western Australia were restricted to 9 for 212 in their 46 overs.

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  • Murray on October 23, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    @ Mitty2

    in an earlier Ryobi cup game, the commentator said words to the effect of...... George Bailey batted against Tye in nets at WACA last year... basically said if WA don't sign him Tas will ........ I've been watching since lol.....

  • Dummy4 on October 22, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    It was weird watching this on the GEM coverage - I think Shaun Marsh must have Brad Haddin's publicist because every commentator was singing his praises even BEFORE he scored any runs. It was absolute insanity. Towards the end of the innings Taylor kept repeatedly talking about how he'd like to see him 'in Australian colours' and 'getting a decent run'. A decent run? The only thing that got him out of the test side when he was the fact he broke down in the middle of a match! Then he came back and played a full series, for the princely return of 17 runs. What a champion. Add to this the fact he's already on the wrong side of 30 and his disciplinary problems he may well just be the worst possible pick for the national side.

    In contrast the same commentators were heavily critical of Khawaja, in spite of the fact he compiled his runs quicker. It was a real shame he was denied his ton by the run because it would have been nice to see him shut them up.

  • Aiden on October 22, 2013, 21:46 GMT

    Don't know why Usman got MoM, as well as he batted. Smith and Warner's making runs, Marsh has been building every innings. Needs to show this form in the Shield comp (and not injure that hammy). Even Bailey is looking a different batter for the Aussie team. Could our batting stocks be starting to look a little better?

  • Peter on October 22, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    @Mitty2. Agree Usman produced, the pleasing part was that after overnight rain, North Sydney Oval had plenty in it for bowlers, it was seaming a fair bit & UK handled it with aplomb. Interesting to note, all 3 Aussie selectors were at the ground, which I found a bit odd, given Drummoyne Oval is about 15 minutes or so away & NSW & SA were playing. Agree with Tye, he just about always takes wickets when he has a bowl, just managing to move the ball enough to gain edges,@PrasPunter. The matches are being televised on Gem TV (Channel 90 or 80 regional, freeview), not sure if there is streaming.

  • James on October 22, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    @Warren Smith, That left hander vs swann stuff is absolute rubbish. He is not a God, he doesn't get Left handers out considerable more than right. I watched through his ashes 2013 wickets in England on youtube, and it's mostly just the bastmen getting themselves out. Yes, he gets the odd ripper in there, but they just need to apply themselves better. Khawaja missed a couple of straight ones from Swann, all mental not skill from Swann, not to mention the howler.

    Bottom line, you pick your best batsmen, left handed, right handed or no handed, you just pick the guys who score runs in the shield regardless of who they may or may not face.

  • Dummy4 on October 22, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    Surprised by the votes of confidence for Khawaja. Good form or no, Ryobi or SS, hes easy pickings for a decent offie. Swann in particular. Id rather go Hughes but hes only marginally better having battled through some tough times in India and his one innings of 80 at 6 in the ashes. tbh, i think any left handers in after the openers are dead in the water against Swann. And they will be until they seem more quality off spin in the SS on varied wickets. Swann will most likely retire before that happens. Id rather go Ferguson or Doolan as a type preference, but will they score runs? Baileys influence would also be welcome and i think he also has bmt.. tons of it.. Well time to convert that into SS tons please Sir.

  • Mariam on October 22, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    @Mitty don't think neither Baiiley, Hughes or Khawaja are locked in, Khawaja has helped his chances by scoring in Ryobi but it will come down to shield runs as all 3 players will play at least 1 shield game. My tip is it will be Khawaja who gets in to the top 6 and Hughes will have to outscore Warner to get the opening slot. As for Tye i watched him bowl and he is a a medium fast prospect, good length but still has some development to do to catch up to the other fast bowlers ahead of him. Praspunter the games are shown free on GEM(which is owned by channel 9)

  • Prasanna on October 22, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    Can anyone please tell me how I can hook up to the proceedings on TV ? Is it on Foxsports ? Does CA stream it live on their website ? The last time I checked a week ago , it wasn't the case. Will be happy if atleast the final is available on web.

  • Allan on October 22, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    Khawaja is letting his bat do the talking, well done young man, hope to see you back in the ashes squad.

  • Rahul on October 22, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    Rogers, Warner, Watson, Khawaja, Clarke, Smith as our top 6 for Brisbane and hopefully the early sheffield shield games will confirm this linup. Fantastic to see ussie get some early Ryobi runs, he has been pivotal to the Bulls success. Law has started well as coach