Qld v SA, Sheffield Shield, Brisbane, 4th day February 15, 2014

Khawaja leads Queensland to record chase

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Queensland 135 and 5 for 471 (Khawaja 182*, Burns 72, Hopes 58) beat South Australia 403 and 6 for 202 dec by 5 wickets

Usman Khawaja scored an unbeaten 182 as Queensland pulled off the second-highest chase in Sheffield Shield history, stunning South Australia by chasing down their target of 471 with five wickets in hand. The Bulls had started the final day at 2 for 170, still needing another 301 to win, and the early loss of Nick Stevens for 25 hurt Queensland's dreams of achieving their goal.

However, Khawaja had other ideas and combined with Peter Forrest for an 81-run stand that ended when Forrest was caught off the bowling of Daniel Worrall for 35. The Queensland captain James Hopes took up the challenge and joined with Khawaja for a 114-run partnership that pushed the Bulls to within 100 of their target when Hopes was caught off Gary Putland's bowling for 58.

But with 163 needed off 36 overs in the final session, Khawaja started scoring more freely and struck 23 boundaries on his way to an unbeaten 182 and had important help from Chris Hartley, who made 48 not out as they reached their target with 8.4 overs remaining. The win was comfortably Queensland's highest ever chase and was second for all teams, only bettered by South Australia's 6 for 506 against Queensland in 1991-92.

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  • Mariam on February 16, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    Khawaja is all class, its innings like these which confirms that he has a big test future ahead of him, fantastic to see him handle Botha so well too, take a bow young man

  • Dummy4 on February 16, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    Khawaja needs to work twice as hard to get back in contention anyways good luck and well played .Garbing your chances is the name of the game SIR rest is just talking

  • seb on February 16, 2014, 2:58 GMT

    Good to see Khawaja get some runs, but the lingering suspicion that he some distance short of good enough for test cricket remains. BTWm check out the teams in that game where South Australia made 6 for 506 against Queensland in 1991-92. What amazingly strong teams they were!

  • Peter on February 16, 2014, 1:41 GMT

    He might get a go like Doolan at 29 years old! Hughes is in the same boat.....just carrying the oranges over there! Need to give wussy Watson the flick! Maybe Rogers on fast tracks against 145 kph bowlers as well. The best 11 for any specific track. Hughes should open with davey with khawaja per injury. Doolan, marsh, voges, finch rotate per injury followed by Pup, smith and haddin then bowlers.

  • Andrew on February 16, 2014, 1:34 GMT

    Good work Ussie - need a couple more tons before the season is over.

  • Dummy4 on February 16, 2014, 0:23 GMT

    Fantastic result. Australia's loss is Queensland's gain though I doubt Usman sees it that way. James Hopes and Chris Hartley have contributed so much over the years - good to see them being an important part of the win too.

  • David on February 16, 2014, 0:11 GMT

    ..and I wouldn't want him in the test team, even if he was averaging 100. He just can't step up.

  • Peter on February 15, 2014, 20:41 GMT

    @Ms.Cricket. You want to know why? Prior to this match, Hughes had scored 549 runs @61 & Khawaja had scored 258 runs @ 28.66. Does that help you understand why? Plus the fact his name is KHAWAJA, not Marsh. Hughes, fyi, is still the youngest ever test batsman to have scored a century in each innings, & this against Steyn & Co when they were at their best. When Ussie matches those stats, he should get another start.

  • Patrick on February 15, 2014, 20:32 GMT

    lol Peter Forrest 35 off 155 balls. Did no one tell him they wanted to go for a win?

  • Bryn on February 15, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    how about the Australian batting talent depth. great to see ussie get some runs but I would want him in the test team even if he was averaging 0

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