Black Caps lose late wickets against Bangladesh at Bay Oval

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Black Caps Devon Conway celebrates 100 runs in Mount Maunganui (Photosport)

Mount Maunganui, January 1, 2022

Black Caps Batter Devon Conway piled runs in his first Test in New Zealand, scoring a century to put the home-side in a strong position at stumps on the first day of the first Cricket Test against Bangladesh.

New Zealand will resume day Two of the Test in Mount Maunganui on 258-5.

Sent to bat, the Black Caps’ stand-in Skipper Tom Latham was dismissed for one in the fourth over as the New Zealand batters struggled to score early in the innings on Saturday, January 1.

In a tough first hour, the Black Caps scored just 13 runs as tight bowling from Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam and Ebadot Hossain kept the hosts tied down.

Conway returns

Devon Conway made a solid return to the New Zealand side after he missed the Test series against India while he recovered from a broken hand suffered during the T20 World Cup. He came in at number three in the batting order to replace regular captain Kane Williamson who will miss the Bangladesh series through injury. In his seventh Test innings, the left-hander scored his second Test century before being dismissed for 122 (caught off the bowling of Mominul Haque) in the final session of the day.

Young scores well

Conway combined with opener Will Young for a 138-run partnership over the first two sessions of the day.

Young scored his third Test half-century and was out for 52 just before the tea break.

Veteran Black Caps Batter Ross Taylor joined Conway at the crease in his penultimate Test before falling for 31 as Shoriful Islam claimed his second wicket.

Left-handed Batsman and Wicketkeeper Henry Nicholls survived the second new ball and will start day two on 31 and will be joined by allrounder Rachin Ravindra in New Zealand’s first home Test of their World Test Championship defence.

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