New Zealand on top after Devon Conway century on day one of first Test against Bangladesh | Cricket News

New Zealand was 258-5 in strains on the first day of the first test against Bangladesh; Devon Conway did 122 on his return and shared a 138-ride partnership with Will Young (52) before the opening sold out at Mount Maunganui

Last updated: 01/01/22 9:47


Devon Conway made his second century of testing to give New Zealand the best on day one at Mount Maunganui

Devon Conway celebrated his return from injury on Saturday with a sparkling 122 to push New Zealand to 258-5 against Bangladesh on the opening day of the first test at Mount Maunganui.

Bangladesh claimed three wickets in the final session, but the New Zealand test world champions will be confident of a score of over 300 when Henry Nicholls picks up 32 with Rachin Ravindra joining him on Sunday.

“It may deteriorate over time, but I think tomorrow the wicket would be really nice to beat,” Conway told reporters after the matchday’s game.

“We hope that we as a team can capitalize on this.”

Choosing to field, Bangladesh got an early breakthrough when Shoriful Islam sacked Tom Latham, who leads New Zealand in the absence of injured regular skipper Kane Williamson, in the fourth over.

Conway, who had been sidelined with a hand injury sustained during last year’s Twenty20 World Cup, helped the hosts get through the tough morning session with his 138-point stand with Will Young.

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“The two of us decided we had to be as patient as possible and identify the Bangladeshi bowlers who were playing very well at the time,” said Conway.

Young did 52 before running out, but Conway couldn’t be denied his hundred.

The southpaw took out Taskin Ahmed for a single to bring up his second century in his fourth test match, taking off his helmet and raising his bat in celebration before hugging batting mate Ross Taylor.

“Having Ross Taylor in between when I hit that milestone is a very special feeling,” Conway said of the retired faithful.

“It will be one of those things that will remain in my memory for a long time.”

Taylor, who will be leaving test cricket after a two-test run against Bangladesh, went through 34 before becoming Shoriful’s second victim.

Conway’s patient innings, which included 16 borders and a six, ended when Mominul Haq pinned him by the leg.

Ebadat Hossain fired Tom Blundell with the final delivery of the day to lift the spirits in the traveling camp.

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