Wednesday, June 23, 2021

England vs New Zealand Day 2: Devon Conway slams 200 on debut

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After a short break, International Cricket is back in action England vs New Zealand have kickstarted the test match which is played in Lord’s. This series is very big for New Zealand, on one hand, they are aiming to prepare for the World Test Championship(WTC) final and due to the packed schedule, there is a risk of one of their gun players being injured.

On the second day of the match, Devon Conway became the seventh player to hit a Test double century on debut, with the left-handed opener brilliantly anchoring New Zealand to 378 in the first innings of the first match of the series. At stumps on Day 2, England was 111/2, trailing by 267 runs.

England lost two early wickets in their innings but Joe Root (42*) and Rory Burns (59*) built a 93-run partnership that took the hosts to the end of the play. After having pulled off a wicketless final session, hosts England have wrested back some of the advantages in the 2nd Test from New Zealand, who have been inspired by their debutant.

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New Zealand’s Devon Conway becomes the seventh batsman to score a double hundred on debut in men’s Test cricket and only the second Kiwi player to do so; he is also the 9th overseas player to score a double ton at Lord’s. His Monumental score helped the kiwis to post a total of 378 runs against the Englishmen.

England opener Dom Sibley doesn’t last long. Kiwi Pacer Kyle Jamieson is continuing where he left in last New Zealand home season, traps Sibley for a duck. Sibley could consider him a touch unlucky there, that ball would normally swing a bit more and it would have meant missing stumps with the impact umpires call.

Tim Southee gets the second wicket, the wickets continue to fall on Day 2. Crawley gets an outside edge to go through to the keeper. Joe Root comes in to join Burns, with the hosts in some early trouble. Root and Burns grind out in the last half hour. No boundaries were hit, with New Zealand also tiredly throwing their seamers for their final spells of the day. Root (42) and Burns (59) walk into the night, England is 111/2 at the end of Day 2, trailing by 267 runs.

It would be really exciting to see the tussle between the Kiwis and the Englishmen on Day 3. On the other hand, the Indian team has safely reached Southampton and is currently following strict quarantine. India and New Zealand will play the maiden WTC final on the 18th of June at Ages Bowl, Southampton.

V Nichita
Media student, Aspirant Sports Journalist

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