Bulls need Khawaja to fire against Tasmania

CRICKET: The Queensland Bulls will be hoping batsman Usman Khawaja takes the scintillating form he showed at the Gabba on the weekend into their Sheffield Shield clash against Tasmania on Thursday.

Khawaja, dropped from the Australian side after a poor tour of England last year, was undefeated on 182 as he lead the Bulls to an unlikely victory over South Australia.

Queensland, set 471 to win, reached the target with eight overs to spare to put their name beside the second-biggest successful run chase in Sheffield Shield history.

The Pakistan-born Khawaja was all class offering a near-faultless batting display bursting with textbook drives.

"That was a class innings," said Bulls captain James Hopes of Khawaja.

"That's one of those innings you dream about in your career and he pulled it off ."

The Bulls, who are on 16 points behind NSW and SA (24) with three rounds to go will have to build on the impetus against the Tigers who lost to Western Australia by four wickets.


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