Younis helps Redbacks hold on for draw
Younis Khan made his first substantial contribution for South Australia with a calm half-century that helped the Redbacks secure a draw on the flat pitch at Adelaide Oval
313 and 5 for 300 (Klinger 74, Younis 71*, Harris 63) drew with New South Wales
Younis Khan has made plenty of runs for Pakistan over the years and now he has added a half-century for South Australia
Younis Khan made his first substantial contribution for South Australia with a calm half-century that helped the Redbacks secure a draw on the flat pitch at Adelaide Oval. New South Wales took the only points from the match thanks to their first-innings lead but two of South Australia's key recruits, Younis and Michael Klinger, ensured the damage did not extend to a defeat.
The Redbacks resumed the final morning at 1 for 59 with no chance of a victory and the sole aim of batting out the day. Klinger and Daniel Harris started well and built a 122-run partnership that dulled the impact of the Blues spinners Beau Casson and Nathan Hauritz.
Harris was eventually bowled by Hauritz for 63 but Klinger and Younis continued the resistance. Klinger, the former Victoria batsman who made a century in his first four-day appearance for his new state, continued to be a solid anchor in the South Australia middle order and it took a run-out to finally remove him for 74.
Younis, the Pakistan batsman who was the state's prize signing, was keen to justify the hype having made a golden duck in the first innings. He showed his poise and experience with an unbeaten 71 and, with help from Callum Ferguson (26) and Aaron O'Brien, who made 32 not out, ended any chance of a New South Wales victory.