New Zealand opener Devon Conway is running in tremendous form. (Photo-AFP)
WTC Final 2021: Devon Conway, a 29-year-old batsman who made his international debut six months ago, rocked Tests after T20 and ODI. Conway, who scored a double century at Lord’s, played a brilliant 80 in the second Test against England.
New Delhi. New Zealand opener Devon Conway can be a big threat to India in the final of the World Test Championship (WTC Final 2021). The 29-year-old Conway, who made his Test debut at Lord’s this month, has been scoring runs continuously. Conway, who scored a double century in his debut innings, played a brilliant 80 in the second Test as well. Conway has so far scored 303 runs in three innings at an average of 101. New Zealand’s plan to play two Test matches against England from the WTC final has been successful. All the bowlers got a chance to practice, on the other hand Conway’s ability has also come to the fore. New Zealand’s opener’s problem has also ended with the arrival of Conway.
Conway, who made her international debut six months ago, rocked
Left-handed batsman Conway has started his international career exactly like Australian player Mike Hussey. Both the batsmen got the opportunity quite late but they were covered as soon as they came. Conway, who made his T20 debut in November last year, has scored 473 runs in 14 matches for New Zealand at an average of 59.12. After his explosive performance in T20, this March got an opportunity for ODI debut. The batsman has so far scored 225 runs in three ODIs at an average of 75, including a century and a half-century.
How will the Indian team stop ConwayConway has faced 554 balls in three innings and only twice has England bowlers been able to get him out. This batsman has scored runs in his home ground in front of fast bowlers like James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood and Olly Stone. India also have lethal bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma but Ravichandran Ashwin can prove to be the trump card. Ashwin is the only bowler in the history of Test cricket to dismiss left-armers more than 200 times. In such a situation, Virat Kohli can play on Ashwin at stake. Currently the number two bowler in the ICC Test rankings, Ashwin is also the deadliest spinner at the moment.
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New Zealand in strong position in second Test
Fifties from Devon Conway and Will Young (82) helped New Zealand consolidate their position against England on the second day of the second Test. In reply to England’s 303 in the first innings, by the end of the game on Friday, New Zealand made 229 runs for three wickets and moved towards a big lead. New Zealand are still 74 runs behind England on the basis of first innings and have seven wickets left. Stuart Broad took the wickets of both the New Zealand openers.
At the end of the game, Ross Taylor was playing after scoring 46 runs. He shared a brilliant 92-run partnership with Young for the third wicket. Young hit 11 fours in his 204-ball innings, while Taylor sent the ball outside the boundary line six times in an unbeaten 97-ball knock.