Australia vs South Africa Adelaide Test: Usman Khawaja's left hand lifts Aussies

Updated: Nov 30, 2016, 12:54 IST | AFP |

Iron-willed Usman Khawaja batted out the entire day to tilt the third day-night Test towards Australia with a masterful century against South Africa yesterday

Usman Khawaja
Usman Khawaja

Adelaide: Iron-willed Usman Khawaja batted out the entire day to tilt the third day-night Test towards Australia with a masterful century against South Africa yesterday.

At close on the second day in Adelaide, the Australians were 307 for six in reply to the Proteas' 259 for nine declared, with Khawaja unbeaten on 138 off 285 balls and Mitchell Starc not out 16. The home side lead by 48 runs.

It was Khawaja's fifth Test century and arguably his best as Australia seek to prevent the Proteas from an unprecedented series clean sweep after huge defeats in the opening two Tests.

Khawaja, who has performed best out of the Australian batsmen in a troubled series, led the way with his wristy shot-making to put the home side in front in the pink-ball Test. It was the first century by an Australian in the series and the stylish left-hander has now scored 307 runs in the three Tests.

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