Queensland v Tasmania, Ryobi Cup, Sydney October 15, 2013

Paine, Silk lead Tasmania to second place

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tasmania 242 for 8 (Silk 62, Paine 50, Neser 4-50) beat Queensland 241 for 9 (Khawaja 66, Moller 50, Gulbis 4-36) by 2 wickets

Ryan Harris took three wickets in his return to competitive cricket after a two-month layoff with a hamstring niggle, but it was not enough to prevent a two-wicket defeat to Tasmania in Sydney.

Queensland, put into bat, started well with a 56-run stand for the first wicket. Once Chris Hartley was dismissed, Usman Khawaja and Greg Moller combined to put on 60 for the second wicket, putting Queensland in a decent position by the 29th over.

However, Evan Gulbis struck in the middle overs, as Queensland lost five wickets in the space of 63 runs. But No 9, Michael Neser, hit a useful 20 off 16 to see Queensland finish at 241 for 9. Gulbis was the pick of the Tasmania bowlers with 4 for 36.

Tasmania also made a solid start to their innings with a 42-run stand, but the chase wobbled when Alex Doolan and Ed Cowan, the No 3, lost their wickets in consecutive overs with the score reading 72 for 3 in the 20th over.

Tim Paine, the wicket-keeper captain, and Jordan Silk limited any more damage with a consummate 111-run partnership. The threatening stand was broken by Michael Neser, but Tasmania still had the upper hand with 59 runs required off 46 deliveries with six wickets in hand. However, Neser and Harris then upped the ante and sent four more batsmen back in the next 28 balls, leaving Tasmania tottering on 212 for 8 with only three overs left in the innings.

Enter Clive Rose. The No 8 smashed 23 runs off nine deliveries to help Tasmania overhaul the target with five balls to spare, taking Tasmania to second place in the Ryobi Cup points table.

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  • Mariam on October 16, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    @shaggy i am a fan of Paine as well and hoping he continues his form

  • Graham on October 16, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    One of the good stories over the last couple of games is Tim Payne appears to be returning to form. If not injured he would have been the Australian keeper by now. However, being injured for the best part of two seasons his form last season was not of what it was prior to injury. Great to see him returning to form some good shield runs and perhaps he could be back in the Aussie mix.

  • Lewis on October 16, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    Well said Mary, couldn't agree more, i read Ponting's comments but didn't see Hayden's as well, safe to say they know what they are talking about.

  • Mariam on October 15, 2013, 22:07 GMT

    Jagger Khawaja has been the bulls best batsman in the last 2 Ryobi games and this is the 3rd game of the season, i think Silk is a good batsman too but Khawaja is definitly one of the better young batsman going around in Australia. Just needs a real go to show his talent. Not sure if you guys read the comments form Hayden, Ponting and Healey but all said that we must show greater faith in our younger batsman(i.e Hughes, Khawaja, Smith) if we are to be number 1 again. Hayden't example was great in that he said that in his first few games he was so nervous that after one of the games he walked into a yoga place to relieve the pressure but it didn't work. It was only after 10 odd games in a row before he started finding his feet and look how he turned out. Khawaja deserves the same run of matches as well.

  • Lewis on October 15, 2013, 22:05 GMT

    @Jagger i am not sure what you are on about, Khawaja didn't play any matches between Dec 2012 and June 2013 becuase Arthur kept him as 12th man. Then in the ashes he top scored in his first test back at Lords when all otherz failed, got a shocker in Manchester and then was dropped. Now on his return to Ryobi he has top scored in the last 2 matches, time to give credit where its due mate. I actually went to the last Ryobi game and Victoria put the bulls in on a tricky pitch and had us 3 wickets down with Siddle bowling beautifully and Khawaja once again showed how to bat in tough conditions, something he is well known for espeiclally against pace and swing bowling.

  • Richard on October 15, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    Jordan Silk gave Khawaja a batting lesson. I did not think Khawaja looked "a class above" at all, 'Amith_S', and one must consider that was his best score, 66, in 14 innings (since June). He was gifted 6 innings in 3 Ashes Tests for an average of 19 - not good enough. He's had his chance and he didn't make it. Give someone else a go.

  • Sachit on October 15, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    I always felt that atleast for subcontinental conditions, CA selectors should have preferred Tim ahead of Brad and Wade but selectors always think differently.

  • Eddie on October 15, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    Paine once again showing the proper batting that he provides. Haddin could only dream of playing the sort of innings that Tim is capable of. Haddin is a slogger who throws his wicket away at the worst possible moment for his team

  • Ross on October 15, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Victoria, Queensland, NSW and Tasmania are the best 4 teams so far and will fight out for the top 3 spots. Bulls batting is firing with Khawaja and Reardon doing the job and their bowling is good so they might make the finals. But for me Victoria is still the team to beat and have the most depth. NSW have a fantastic bowling attack.

  • Dummy4 on October 15, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    Why have you credited Rose (and Tasmania) with only 3 runs for the final scoring shot of the match? According to reports, Tasmania were on 8/239 (needing 3 to win) when Rose hit Harris for six to win the match. My reading of the laws of the game (specifically 21.6 c) says that a boundary scored to win a game should stand unless the batsmen run the required number of runs needed for the win before the boundary is registered. Clearly in this instance Rose and Rainbird could not possibly have run 3 before the ball went over the boundary, so the six should stand.

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