HITTING OUT: Bulls batsman Usman Khawaja smashed the Blues all over North Sydney Oval in his innings of 104 yesterday.
HITTING OUT: Bulls batsman Usman Khawaja smashed the Blues all over North Sydney Oval in his innings of 104 yesterday. QUENTIN JONESAAP IMAGES

Rampaging Bulls go back to back in Cup

A SPECTACULAR six by Queensland's Chris Lynn ensured the Bulls continued their stranglehold on Australian cricket, winning a thrilling Ryobi Cup final with five balls remaining against the Blues at North Sydney Oval yesterday.

The win gave the Queenslanders their 10th domestic one-day title and second in succession, passing the Blues to sit second behind Western Australia which has 11 trophies to its name. The hosts recorded a competitive 6-317, with Nic Maddinson (76), Peter Nevill (70) and Steve Smith (61) the top scorers.

Bulls and Australian quick Ryan Harris took 2-40 from eight overs, including the key wickets of David Warner for 14 and Smith, caught brilliantly at point by Usman Khawaja.

It was Lynn and Ben Cutting that got the Queenslanders home. Lynn posted 58 not out from 40 balls, including his match-winning six on the first ball of the final over, off Gurinder Sandhu, taking the score to 5-319.

The big-hitting Cutting belted 41 not out from 21 deliveries. Lynn and Cutting hit three and four sixes respectively.

Earlier, Khawaja kept himself in the frame for Australian selection with 104 from 100, earning man-of-the-match honours. The left-hander took to Australian short-form representative Josh Hazlewood (0-87 off 10 overs), and Sean Abbott (2-79 off 10), putting on an opening stand of 165 off 30.3 overs with Chris Hartley.

On Saturday night, Australia's hopes of regaining the No.1 one-day ranking were washed away against India in Ranchi, with the match called off just 4.1 overs into the hosts' innings, chasing 296 for victory.

The Aussies are 2-1 up in the series with two games to play, the next being in Nagpur on Wednesday night.



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