My FootDr Queensland Bulls captain Usman Khawaja has put his side on the inside track to reap outright points from the opening JLT Sheffield Shield match with a near century tonight at the Gabba.

 

Khawaja was poised on 99 not out when stumps were drawn after a long day and night, with extended sessions to make up for yesterday’s rain-affected opening stanza.

 

Queensland was 5-254, an overall lead of 272, coming into the third day/night of their pink ball match.

 

The Bulls, dismissed yesterday for 166, were dominant early with the ball when Victoria resumed at midday.

 

The Bushrangers 3-43 overnight became 4-45, 5-47 and 6-52 as wickets tumbled in each of the first three overs.

 

Captain Peter Handscomb and Glenn Maxwell barely added to their overnight scores.

 

Handscomb was first to go, trapped plumb lbw by Luke Feldman after offering no shot to just the fifth ball delivered.

 

Maxwell was clean-bowled by debutant Brendan Doggett a few balls. Then Feldman struck again, trapping Sam Harper in front to reduce the Victorians to 6-52.

 

Doggett finished with figures of 4-33 off nine overs in his first Shield match, bowling with a pink ball and at the Gabba for the first time in his career.

 

Feldman (2-19) and spinner Mitch Swepson (2-21) were the Bulls' other multiple wicket takers.

 

The Bulls were patient early, with Matt Renshaw content to blunt the Bushrangers attack, as fellow opener Joe Burns unleashed some fluid strokes to put on 47 before Renshaw fell to a mis-timed pull shot in one of his first real aggressive flourishes.

 

Burns fell to Chris Tremain, leg before wicket, for 38 which paired Khawaka and Marnus Labuschagne as the floodlights took hold.

 

The pair batted with composure, scoring steadily as they put on 84 either side of the dinner break before Labuschagne (39) followed a ball that left him to edge to first slip.

 

Khawaja and Sam Truloff, in his sixth first class game, pushed the scoring along with the Bulls skipper happy enough to allow Truloff to take the attack the Bushrangers attack that found the evening conditions less productive than 24 hours earlier.