Cricket-Conway celebrates comeback to give New Zealand a head start
WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Devon Conway celebrated his return from injury with a sparkling 122 on Saturday to propel New Zealand to 258-5 against Bangladesh on Day 1 of Test 1 at Mount Maunganui.
Bangladesh won three wickets in the last session, but testing world champions New Zealand will be confident with a score of over 300 when Henry Nicholls retakes 32nd with Rachin Ravindra joining him on Sunday.
“It could deteriorate over time, but I think the wicket tomorrow would be really fun to beat,” Conway told reporters after the day’s game.
“I hope we as a team can take advantage of it. “
Elected on the pitch, Bangladesh got a quick breakthrough when Shoriful Islam sacked Tom Latham, who leads New Zealand in the absence of injured regular skipper Kane Williamson, in fourth.
Conway, who was sidelined with a hand injury sustained at last year’s Twenty20 World Cup, helped the hosts get through the tough morning session with his stand of 138 races with Will Young.
“We both decided we needed to be as patient as possible and identify the Bangladeshi bowlers who were playing really well during this period,” said Conway.
Young made 52 before he ran out, but Conway couldn’t be denied his cents.
The southpaw shot Taskin Ahmed for a single to reminisce about his second century in his fourth test match, removing his helmet and raising his bat in celebration before kissing his batting partner Ross Taylor.
“To have Ross Taylor in the middle when I get to this stage is a very special feeling,” Conway said of the retiring Pillar.
“It will be one of those things that will last a very long time in my memory.”
Taylor, who will quit the cricket test after the two-test series against Bangladesh, made 34 before becoming Shoriful’s second victim.
Conway’s patient innings, which included 16 limits and a six, ended when Mominul Haq caught him on the side of the leg.
Ebadat Hossain fired Tom Blundell with the last delivery of the day to boost morale in the tourism camp.
(Report by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi: edited by Neil Fullick)