On the opening day of the first Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, Devon Conway grabbed all the limelight, thanks to his scintillating performance with the willow.
Conway came to bat in the fourth over after the hosts lost captain Tom Latham (1) cheaply and went on to form a dominating stand with opener Will Young. The duo built a tremendous 138-runs partnership for the second wicket to power the Black Caps comeback.
The home team lost Young for 52 after meeting a run-out, but Conway continued his aggressor role and soon reached his second century in the longest format. Conway then stitched a 50-run stand with senior batter Ross Taylor (31), who is featuring in the penultimate Test of his career.
The left-handed batter looked quite settled and was approaching his second double-ton before falling to the part-time left-arm spin of Bangladesh skipper Mominul Haque. Conway scored 122 off 227 deliveries, with the help of 17 boundaries, including a six.
After Conway’s dismissal, Henry Nicholls and Tom Blundell formed a 31-run stand for the fifth wicket before Ebadot Hossain cleaned up Blundell on the last ball of the day. At stumps, New Zealand reached 258/5, with Nicholls unbeaten at 32.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Tom Blundell plays one on for 11 and that ends the opening day at Bay Oval. Devon Conway leading the way with the bat on New Year's Day. Scorecard | https://t.co/Q0I3NvYtx8 #NZvBAN pic.twitter.com/bFikLEaiWy
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) January 1, 2022
I think it would be fair to say that Devon Conway is quite good at cricket.
— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) January 1, 2022
Devon Conway continues to live out his childhood dream. Great initial phase in international cricket!!!
— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) January 1, 2022
— ICC (@ICC) January 1, 2022
— Nic Savage (@nic_savage1) January 1, 2022
It's remarkable how Devon Conway in his fourth Test is regarded as a veteran and the glue of the side.
Hardly a fair comparison but Ken Rutherford went into his fourth Test having scored six runs.
— Andrew (@shortflyslip) January 1, 2022
— Spark Sport (@sparknzsport) January 1, 2022
Devon Conway is the first ever player to score a hundred on:
✔️First day of home Test career
✔️First day of away Test career
After scoring a double century on a Lord's debut, Devon Conway is now batting at 122* on home Test debut at Mt. Maunganui.#NZvBAN
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) January 1, 2022
— Jason Pine (@pineynz) January 1, 2022