Twitter Reactions: Usman Khawaja scores a brilliant century as Australia take lead

Twitter Reactions: Usman Khawaja scores a brilliant century as Australia take lead

Usman Khawaja of Australia
Kyle Abbott of South Africa congratulates Usman Khawaja of Australia at the end of play. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Beginning the day at 14/0, Australia lost debutant Matt Renshaw and David Warner early and was reduced to 37/2 in the first session. It was just what the doctor ordered for the Kyle Abbott and the Proteas after du Plessis’ surprising declaration last night was unable to provide them with the early wicket.

Skipper Steve Smith joined Usman Khawaja in the middle who was going great guns at the other end. The southpaw was striking the ball well and kept the scoreboard ticking. Smith was supporting him pretty well and completed yet another half century. With the score at 174, an uncharacteristic lapse in concentration from the captain cost him his wicket in the form of a run-out.

Usman Khawaja was playing a gem of an innings and was well supported by debutant Peter Handscomb. Khawaja completed a superb century as the Aussies took a decisive lead with the two set batsmen going great guns.

Soon after completing his maiden half-century, Peter Handscomb received a scorcher from Kyle Abbott which pitched outside the off stump and came back sharply to take the off-stump. Khawaja was joined by yet another debutant Nic Maddinson who had a forgetful debut. The southpaw couldn’t open his account after playing 12 balls and was bowled by Kagiso Rabada.

Matthew Wade soon followed Maddinson to the dressing room after edging a Philander delivery to de Cock. Starc came in to join Khawaja and the duo batted out the stipulated overs to take Australia’s score to 307/6 by the end of the day’s play. Khawaja was batting on 138 with Starc supporting him on 16.

South Africa would look to take a big lead on Day 3 and put the visitors under pressure. Twitterati was pretty active throughout the day’s play and there were certain tweets which described the proceeding in the best possible manner. Here we look at best the tweets throughout the day’s play