Khawaja hundred helps Queensland topple Victoria

Queensland 166 (Tremain 4-36, Boland 4-43) and 311 (Khawaja 122, Boland 3-57, Tremain 3-81) beat Victoria 148 (Doggett 4-33) & 219 (Wildermuth 4-41, Neser 3-47) by 110 runs

Usman Khawaja‘s 122, coupled with the seven wickets taken by the pace-bowling duo of Jack Wildermuth and Michael Neser, helped Queensland complete a 110-run rout of Victoria inside three days of the day-night match at the Gabba.

Propelled by Khawaja’s first century of the season, which included 16 fours, Queensland posted 311 in their second innings. They might have wanted more, considering they began the day at 5 for 254 but Scott Boland and Chris Tremain knocked them over rather quickly.

Victoria needed 329 to win, but were reduced to 77 for 5 in the 26th over with Neser and Wildermuth taking turns in dealing blows to the opposition line-up. The only semblance of resistance from the visitors came in the form of two fifty-plus stands – worth 66 and 52 runs respectively – as Daniel Christian partnered captain Peter Handscomb and Tremain for the sixth and seventh wickets. They could only delay the inevitable though. Victoria slumped from 6 for 195 to 219 all out in the space of 10 overs.

Peter Siddle, in the frame for the upcoming Ashes, had a decent game though. He took the new pink ball, got through 37 overs and picked up a couple of wickets as well. Khawaja was the biggest gainer from the game, his 21st first-class century adding to the belief that he will line up against England at No. 3.

Glenn Maxwell could only manage 7 and 20 in either innings. And though Matt Renshaw had a similarly unproductive outing for Queensland, scoring 17 and 16, he did ensure he was at the crease for a total of 112 deliveries.

Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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