South Australia v New South Wales, Sheffield Shield, Adelaide October 20, 2011

Khawaja ton ensures Blues salvage a draw

ESPNcricinfo staff

New South Wales 217 and 5 for 402 (Khawaja 101, Maddinson 77, Henriques 65*, Hughes 61) drew with South Australia 9 for 478 dec

Usman Khawaja's second century saved New South Wales from potential defeat as they played out a draw with South Australia in Adelaide. The Redbacks took the only points from the match thanks to their hefty first-innings lead but Khawaja, Moises Henriques and wet weather prevented them from pushing for victory.

The Blues started the day 67 runs behind with eight wickets in hand, and they needed to bat for several more hours to be safe. Khawaja did exactly that, his five hour-innings of 101 the key for the visitors, and it continued his excellent preparation for the Test tour of South Africa after he also scored a hundred in Saturday's Ryobi Cup match.

Khawaja was eventually lbw to the offspinner Nathan Lyon, but Henriques (65 not out) and Peter Nevill (28 not out) batted out the rest of the day as New South Wales ended up at 5 for 402, with a lead of 141. The match was called off early due to rain, which also caused a delay earlier in the afternoon and ensured

That combination of factors scuppered the Redbacks, whose day had started brightly when Simon Katich was out for 20, having added only one to his overnight score, when he edged to slip off a wide delivery from Daniel Christian. The acting New South Wales captain, Ben Rohrer, was lbw to Gary Putland for 29, but the South Australians couldn't find the run of wickets they needed.