New Zealand’s opening batsman Devon Conway, on Wednesday, became the sixth cricketer to hit a Test hundred on his debut at Lord’s after he made his way to glory in the first Test against England on Day 1. Along with that, the southpaw also broke the record of former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly to score most runs as a debutant at Lord’s cricket ground.
Ganguly had scored 131 on his Test debut at Lord’s in 1996 and his record of highest individual score remained intact until yesterday, when New Zealand’s Devon Conway scored an unbeaten 136 when the day’s play ended.
Earlier, New Zealand’s Kane Williamson won the toss and took a brave decision to bat first. However, his decision was justified by the surface which looked as flat as ever. When the play started, everyone had expected English seamers Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson to strike early, but with the wicket offering little help, they were caught in a fix.
Tom Latham and debutant Devon Conway gave the visitors a stunning start and negated any swing and seam movement from the duke ball. The duo added 58 runs for the first wicket, before debutant Ollie Robinson dismissed Latham, who chopped on a good-length delivery.
Skipper Kane Williamson, who is also the current World no. 1 batsman in the format, took them safely to the Lunch break. After that, New Zealand were struck with a huge blow as Williamson also inside edged one length ball straight into his stumps off Jimmy Anderson’s bowling. Ross Taylor walked in next but was only able to add 28 runs with Conway for the third wicket, before Robinson trapped him plumb in front, reducing New Zealand to 114/3.
In order to put a huge score on the board, Devon Conway needed someone to stay with him on the crease and Henry Nicholls played the role and the duo steadied the ship till Tea. Following this, Conway brought up his maiden century on debut in the 61st over in style as he hammered a short ball from Robinson over fine-leg fielder for a maximum. The duo batted till the end of day’s play as England bowlers failed to make an impact on the starting day.
Here are the highlights of Devon Conway’s hundred at Lord’s:
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