Eng v NZ 1st Test: Conway 200 takes the honors on day 2 as England fightback
A historic 200 by South African born Devon Conway was the highlight of a great day of Test cricket as New Zealand reach 378 in the 1st innings. In reply, England stuttered initially but ended the day on a healthy 111/2.
Starting at 246/3, the Conway- Nicholls partnership took New Zealand to 288/3 before a stunning collapse of 4/6 brought England right back into the game. Mark Wood bowling very quick rattle the middle order by first getting a comfortable Nicholls(61) against the run of play hooking against a quick bouncer to be caught at fine leg. That opened the floodgates with Watling (1) caught in the slips off another fast delivery coming into him. deGrandhomme (0) was lbw to Ollie Robinson. After a great review by Root and Santner (0) who was set up for a bouncer, played a meek drive to be caught a short cover of a gentle lob off Wood.
Eng v NZ 1st Test: Conway 200 takes the honors on day 2 as England fightback. Mark Wood’s spell in that session completely broke the backbone of the Kiwi batting. And had a severe impact as Jamieson and Southee swiftly followed. After lunch to leave the Kiwis at 338/9 thereby losing all the initiative of a great first day.
However, Devon Conway showed his grit again as he held the last wicket stand together. He was help greatly by Wagner who struck some glorious shots not befitting of a number 11. Wagner’s straight 6 over deep long-off against Broad was easily the shot of the match.
With Wagner giving him great company, Conway finally reached his 200. With a lusty pull shot off a rapid Wood bouncer for a 6 !! It was a massive moment of history at Lords as he became the highest individual scorer as a debutant on that ground. In England breaking the 125-year-old record by Ranjitsinghji who scored 154 v Australia in 1896.
Soon after Conway was runout for 200 as New Zealand finished at 378 after an invaluable 40 run last-wicket stand in which Wagner smash an unbeaten 25 off 21 balls.
For England, it was Mark Wood (3/81) who rattle their middle order to get his team back in the reckoning. Robinson (4/79) had an impressive debut with 4 wickets but could have had his 5th had Broad not dropped Wagner.
England was rattled twice early in their innings with Sibley(0) again falling lbw in a test match. This time to Jamieson and Crawley edging Southee to Watling going for a booming drive to leave England tottering at 18/2.
However Burns (59) and Root (42) took control showing that there are no devils on this pitch. On a flat deck, they thrived fully playing some lovely shots. Burns hit some glorious drives, flicks and a couple of pulls in his knock while Root played some delightful cuts and together they looked in no bother as England ended day 2 on 111/2.
New Zealand will look to strike early in 3rd morning else on this flat pitch England can pile on the runs. Conway’s 200 notwithstanding, New Zealand with their middle-order collapse had opened up the game for England.
NZ 378/10 1st Innings
Ollie Robinson 4/75
Mark Wood 3/81
ENG 111/2 1st Innings
Rory Burns 59*