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South Africa’s Devon Conway, 29, made his way into the New Zealand cricket set up last year. A predominant top-order batsman for Wellington who opens the batting in T20s, Conway has already become a star for his domestic side and for the Black Caps. Just a few months into his international career, Conway has sealed his position in the New Zealand top order.
On Monday, Conway remained unbeaten on 99 (off just 59 deliveries) while taking New Zealand to a total of 184 after the rest of the top order failed. New Zealand went on to beat Australia, in the 1st home T20I, by 53 runs. It was on the back of Conway’s unbeaten 93 that Wellington, less than two weeks ago, won the Super Smash final.
According to all-rounder and current teammate Jimmy Neesham, Conway could rise up the ranks and open for New Zealand ahead of the two T20 World Cups.
“I think he’s show quite evidently over the last month or so that he’s got what it takes to succeed at the international level. We’ve seen him churn out runs in the domestic circuit over the last four or five seasons that not a lot of people would have the ability to do. For him to come up at the international level earlier in the summer against West Indies and Pakistan and sort of take to it like a fish to water was pretty impressive. I just look forward to seeing him over the next few years to continue that run scoring,” Neesham said.
“As someone batting five or six behind him it’s obviously very nice to get a couple of runs on the board before you get out there. He certainly has the potential to open for the Black Caps. The way our team is set up at the moment, there’s a lot of guys vying for those top three positions and I’m sure with a World Cup coming up at the end of the year and then another one not long after that, I’m sure he’ll get an opportunity at some point. Further on, Neesham praised Conway’s unique style of batting, which makes it look deceivingly easy for others, especially as seen in his knock from the 1st T20I. In fact, Conway’s T20 form (last 5 innings: 99*, 93*, 91*, 69*, 50) shows that he is at his prime.
AUS VS NZ
Indian cricket team’s veteran off-spinner R Ashwin once again showed his funny side as he took a comic jibe at New Zealand’s Devon Conway after the sensational batsman played a fiery knock in the first match of the T20 series against Australia. Is New Zealand better than Australia?
At a time when New Zealand were reduced to 19/3 in the initial stage of their innings, Conway unleashed wrath at the Aussie bowlers and smacked them all over the stadium to make unbeaten 88 off just 59 balls.
Devon’s blistering knock powered New Zealand to a respectable total of 184/5 in their allotted 20 overs.
Meanwhile, R Ashwin was quick to point out that the quality batsman was “just 4 days late” to show his true potential as this year’s IPL Auction is already over.
The 29-year-old who had registered for IPL 14 auction with a base price of INR 50 Lakhs, remained unsold this year.
“Devon Conway is just 4 days late, but what a knock,” Ashwin tweeted.
After winning the toss, New Zealand opted to bat first and scored 184 runs for five wickets. In response to the mammoth total, Australia was completely dominated by NZ bowlers as they ripped through their batting order.
Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi was the pick of bowlers as he took four wickets. Australia managed to score just 131 in 17.3 overs and lost the game by 53 runs.