When Australia lost four wickets on the score of 170 runs, it was none other than the senior southpaw Usman Khawaja who sojourned like a wall there in the middle. He completely dominated the Indian bowling attack and stitched an all-important 208-run partnership with young batter Cameron Green for the fifth wicket.
Apart from that, Khawaja smashed a brilliant and historic marathon knock of 180 runs off 422 balls with 21 boundaries to his name. With this knock, Khawaja has also become the first-ever Aussie batter to play the longest Test inning in terms of the balls faced. He surpassed the former legendary batter Graham Yallop who played almost 400 balls in the Kolkata Test against India in 1979.
The cricket fans were also elated after this amazing knock from Usman Khawaja; they took to Twitter and showered the praises on the senior southpaw. The fans also praised the batting excellence of Khawaja when it was all-important for the visitors, Australia.
Here’s how fans reacted:
Playing 10 Hours away from your home that too in country like India is Just is lit— Subash (@Subashraghu18) March 10, 2023
Usman Khawaja Scored one of the greatest 180 ever by an Australian in Indian soil.#UsmanKhawaja #INDvAUS #BGT2023 @Uz_Khawaja pic.twitter.com/9RS5bAmGk9
Vintage innings played by Usman Khawaja.. master class performance..— Devvesh Pandey (@iamdevv23) March 10, 2023
Knock of 180 runs (422 balls) with 21 fours..
The longest ever by an Australian in India 👏 #INDvAUS #BorderGavaskarTrophy #UsmanKhawaja #BGT2023 #NarendraModiStadium pic.twitter.com/eb9LWTb39B
Khawaja's 180 is also magnificent given the fact that a collapse is always around the corner with this Aussie side. Had he got out earlier, Australia might well have folded at 350 or so on this slow burner.#UsmanKhawaja #INDvAUS— Harshit Anand (@imHarshitAnand) March 10, 2023
Speaking of the current action of the match, the hosts India has bundled Steve Smith’s men on the score of 480 runs in 167.2 overs; courtesy of the brilliant five-wicket haul of the veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. He scalped six wickets by conceding just 91 runs in 47.2 overs and an amazing economy rate of 1.92 runs.
Other than Ashwin, the senior pacer Mohammed Shami claimed two wickets alongside one wicket each by Axar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja.
Coming back to the batters of Australia, Cameron Green contributed with a brilliant century of 114 runs other than the 180-run knock from Usman Khawaja. Other than these two, the tailenders Nathan Lyon and Todd Murphy played the crucial knocks of 34 and 41 runs respectively. They stitched a most important partnership of 70 runs for the ninth wicket in favor of Australia.
At the time of filling this copy, India have started their first innings with skipper Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill there in the middle on the score of 4 and 1 run respectively. The hosts have scored 6 runs for no loss after the four balls of the first over has been bowled at the time of filling this copy.