Usman Khawaja notched up his second century.Australia has not won an ODI series since 2009 in India.Australia has not won a bilateral series since 2017. highlights New Delhi: Usman Khawaja continued his magnificent run in the ODI series against India by slamming his second ton in the deciding clash at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi on Wednesday. Khawaja, who had broken his century drought in the third ODI at Ranchi and missed out on a chance in Mohali, notched up the milestone and displayed tremendous confidence against both pace and spin on a wicket which assisted the batsmen. Australia had won an important toss and it was Khawaja who led from the front with a brilliant display of batting as India’s bowlers once again failed to build pressure in this important encounter. Khawaja opened his account with a boundary by flicking Bhuvneshwar Kumar to the deep backward square leg fence and he managed to find the boundary in the first powerplay. In the fourth over bowled by Mohammed Shami, he flicked a full ball on the pads to deep square leg and drove another full delivery to the deep extra cover fence. The left-hander was already looking comfortable and he laid a solid base with Aaron Finch, who also showed some signs of form. The confidence displayed by Khawaja rubbed off on Finch and he clubbed Shami for two boundaries himself. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. After driving Bhuvneshwar straight down the ground and bringing the fifty-run opening stand up, Khawaja targeted the spinners and he tackled them brilliantly. He launched Kuldeep Yadav over wide long on by dancing down the track and getting to the pitch of the ball. Although Finch departed to a magnificent ball from Ravindra Jadeja, Khawaja notched up his fifty off just 48 balls. With the spinners in operation, Kohli was hopeful of a wicket but with a combination of wonderful usage of his feet and employing the sweep shot, Khawaja nullified the threat. Khawaja rotated the strike well and when Kohli brought back Shami into the attack, the left-hander greeted him by pulling a short ball to the deep midwicket fence. He employed the reverse sweep against Jadeja and smashed Kuldeep for a big six down the ground to get into the 80s. Khawaja made steady progress and he reached the landmark by pushing Kuldeep to the cover region for a quick single. The celebrations from Khawaja was one of satisfaction, realising that there was still a big task left to do. His second century also put Khawaja in an elite list. He became the leading second-highest run-getter in a five-match ODI series for Australia, going past David Warner’s tally of 367 runs which he smashed against Pakistan in the 2017 series which Australia won 4-1. That was the last time Australia had won an ODI bilateral series. However, after reaching the landmark, Khawaja drove a full ball from Bhuvneshwar to Virat Kohli at short cover.Khawaja’s knock has put Australia in a great position and they will be hopeful of creating some history in the Delhi ODI as they look to break their two-year rut in ODIs.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “The miscommunication, the awareness, we’re talking to each other and they’re racing the ball up the floor,” he said of several breakdowns that led to easy Clippers baskets in the fourth quarter. “The fourth quarter is so different, and we have a lot to do in that area.”The Wolves overcame a season-high 30 points from Austin Rivers, who matched his career best with seven 3-pointers. Rivers’ final 3-pointer gave the Clippers a 92-91 lead with 6:54 to play before Butler scored nine in a row to send them to their third straight loss.Minnesota led for most of the game but couldn’t manage a serious run, mostly due to Rivers’ shooting. Rivers hit three 3-pointers in the final five minutes of the first half to keep the Clippers close. He had a career-high 20 points in the half.“I just got good looks early and once you see a couple go in, it goes from there,” Rivers said. “Once you make a couple, even the tough ones seem easy, or at least in my mind.”The back and forth continued for most of the second half, and a couple of Minnesota defensive lapses led to easy layups and a wide-open dunk by Montrezl Harrell to give the Clippers an 84-83 lead with 9:12 to go. PreviousTimberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns battles for a rebound with the Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell during the second quarter of Sunday’s game in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) drives on Minnesota Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins (22) with Los Angeles Clippers forward DeAndre Jordan (6) setting a pick in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Minnesota Timberwolves guard forward Jimmy Butler (23) shoots against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsMinnesota Timberwolves guard Jamal Crawford (11) fouls Los Angeles Clippers guard Sam Dekker (7) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Minnesota Timberwolves guard Tyus Jones (1) drives around Los Angeles Clippers guard Jawun Evans (1) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Minnesota Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns fights for a rebound with Los Angeles Clippers Montrezl Harrell (5) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Minnesota Timberwolves guard Tyus Jones (1) drives around Los Angeles Clippers guard Jawun Evans (1) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jamal Crawford (11) shoots over Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jimmy Butler (23) is congratulated by Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins (22) after scoring on the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 112-106. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jimmy Butler (23) is congratulated by Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins (22) after scoring on the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 112-106. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) shoots over Minnesota Timberwolves center Taj Gibson (67) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 112-106. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) drives through a pick by Clippers center DeAndre (6) while Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jimmy Butler (23) and Timberwolves center Taj Gibson (67) defend in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 112-106. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) shoots against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 112-106. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) has the ball stolen by Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng (5) in the third quarter of a NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 112-106. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins (22) shoots in front of Los Angeles Clippers forward Jamil Wilson (13) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 112-106. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jimmy Butler (23) passes to Timberwolves center Taj Gibson (67) over Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 112-106. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell is fouled by Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jamal Crawford (11) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 112-106. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Minnesota Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns (32) shoots in front of Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) and Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 112-106. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Los Angeles Clippers Doc Rivers yells during a timeout against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 112-106. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau argues a call against the Los Angeles Clippers in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 112-106. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague against the Los Angeles Clippers during a NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns battles for a rebound with the Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell during the second quarter of Sunday’s game in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) drives on Minnesota Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins (22) with Los Angeles Clippers forward DeAndre Jordan (6) setting a pick in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)NextShow Caption1 of 21Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) drives on Minnesota Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins (22) with Los Angeles Clippers forward DeAndre Jordan (6) setting a pick in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)ExpandMINNEAPOLIS — Austin Rivers had his best game of the season, but that wasn’t enough to offset a heavy dose of Jimmy Butler on Sunday night.Butler scored 20 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter to help Minnesota outlast the short-handed Clippers 112-106. After the game, though, Butler spent more time bemoaning his team’s efensive breakdowns — a common sight in these parts for the past several years.“We’ve got to start guarding somebody,” Butler said. “It’s really bad, it’s really noticeable, and everybody capitalizes on it. But lucky enough, if your shot’s falling you can still win. But good gracious, if it’s not, I’d hate to see which way this game could’ve went.”Sounds an awful lot like his defensive-minded coach, Tom Thibodeau, who’s trying to solve Minnesota’s defensive woes as it looks to turn around a culture of losing. Thibodeau looked and sounded just as downcast as he has after losses. Rivers’ seventh 3-pointer gave the Clippers a one-point lead, but Butler took over from there, hitting a free throw, 3-pointer and short jumper before converting a 3-point play to give the Wolves some breathing room.“I mean, if I make a couple shots,” Butler said, “why not keep shooting the ball?”His teammates certainly didn’t mind.“That shows you why he’s such an elite player in this league,” Karl-Anthony Towns said. “I was glad to have the popcorn right there and have a front row seat for it because it was amazing.”GROWING PAINSRookies Jamil Wilson and C.J. Williams made their first career starts. Wilson finished with nine points and Williams five. The Clippers were again missing four of their opening-night starters, but it wasn’t obvious from the close score. And the Clippers’ bench outscored Minnesota’s 43-23.“Overall, I’m upset,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “I mean, you want to win the game. But I loved how we played. It’s amazing how much better we got in one night. That’s what I would take.”TIP-INSClippers: Doc Rivers said forward Danilo Gallinari (strained left glute) would play 3-on-3 and could be close to returning. “He’ll play in the next couple, two to three games will be my guess,” Rivers said. Gallinari, who is averaging 12.8 points, missed his 13th game due to the injury. … Lou Williams had 23 points off the bench, and DeAndre Jordan had 17, including some big dunks in the fourth. … The Clippers face Minnesota again on Wednesday, this time at Staples Center.Timberwolves: Thibodeau reached 300 career victories. He’s 300-200. … Former USC standout Taj Gibson had 20 points, and Towns had 15 points and 12 rebounds for his NBA-leading 19th double-double. … Forward Nemanja Bjelica missed his sixth straight game since spraining his left foot. He’s dressed for the last four games. … Jamal Crawford scored 12 points in his first game against his old team. Crawford played five seasons for the Clippers. … The Wolves have beaten the Clippers three straight times.