Published: February 22, 2021 7:37 PM |
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New Zealand’s Devon Conway bats during the first Twenty20 cricket match between New Zealand and Australia. (Photo | AFP)
CHRISTCHURCH: Was there anything wrong with the last IPL auctions? Those who watched Devon Conway strike on Monday or the days before might believe this.
Because four days after the South African-born New Zealander failed to sell at auctions thousands of miles away , he made his way to an unbeaten 99 with 59 balls and brought the Black Caps to a resounding T20 International win over Australia here in the first of five.
Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin summed up what the lucrative league was , their eight franchises and millions of fans may have missed.
« Devon Conway is only four days late, but what a blow, » tweeted Ashwin, some time after New Zealand ran a 53-minute run at the Hagley Oval. Won.
The teams were skeptical of his ability to fight the weirdos on the slower Indian pitches.
Conway, 29, who was born in Johannesburg, Before moving to New Zealand, he had ten fours and three sixs in the middle during his 79-minute stay.
Conway entered the T20 prelude after four consecutive half centuries – 93 not out, 91 not out, 69 and 50 (his previous Super Smash results) – and with another inning unbeaten, he became the first New Zealand player to record five straight fifties in the game’s shortest format.
Even than the rest of the Megabucks After the Chennai franchises ran out of purses, Conway went about his business in the most professional manner, moving New Zealand from a precarious 19 for three to a competitive 184 for five in the stipulated 20 overs.
The sum was enough for the Kiwis when they beat Australia for 131 in 17.3 overs.
Despite New Zealand’s sad start, Conway caught the eye with his stance, shot range, his range of shots and his focus.
Conway was part of South Africa’s domestic cricket for the first eight years of his top-notch career.
Conway made his T20I debut for New Zealand against West Indies in November 2020, scoring on one win a 29-ball 41.
In his T20I career so far, Conway has accumulated 273 runs with a hit rate of almost 157 and an incredible average of 91.
With his last stroke, Conway switched to Virender Sehwag from India, Hamilton Masakadza from Zimbabwe, Kamran Akmal from Pakistan, Jos Buttler from England and David Warner from Australia are the only players to score five consecutive half-centuries in competitive T20 cricket.
Australian Glenn Maxwell, who from Royal Challengers Bangalore was bought for a whopping 14.25 rupees and was fired for one.
During the auctions, Rajasthan Royals, Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders also showed interest to Maxwell, which led to a bidding war before RCB bought the player who has always attracted good money in the league despite not having achieved it with his performance.
This was New Zealand’s largest profit margin to date against its Trans-Tasman – Rivals in the shortest format of the international game.
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