NZ opener Devon Conway equals Babar Azam to break Virat Kohli's huge T20I record
The "Super 12" stage of the ongoing T20 World Cup has begun. And the first match of the second round started with two teams that played in the finals of the last edition in the UAE. New Zealand are taking on the defending champions, Australia, at the Sydney Ground.
It started when Australian skipper Aaron Finch won the toss and asked the Black Caps to bat first. New Zealand got off to a flying start as both openers added 56 runs in just 4.1 overs. Finn Allen, who played in place of Martin Guptill, played a brilliant cameo.
He made 42 off just 16 balls, while Devon Conway played the second fiddle in the partnership. Once Allen got out, Conway added another 69 runs with captain Kane Williamson (23). The left-hander kept the momentum and played some good shots in the death overs.
Veteran all-rounder James Neesham also hit some lusty blows and scored 26 off 13 balls, with two sixes. On the other hand, Conway brought up his 7th T320I fifty. He remained unbeaten on 92* off 58 balls, including seven boundaries and two sixes.
With his 92-run knock, Conway also broke the record of the former Indian captain, Virat Kohli. The Kiwi opener reached the 1000-run milestone in T20I in just 26 innings, while Virat took 27 innings to do so. On the other hand, Conway also became the joint-second fastest batter to achieve this feat.
He also equals Babar Azam, who also took 26 innings to score 1000 T20I runs. The fastest batters to do so were England's star batter Dawid Malan and Afghanistan’s Sabawoon Davizi. Both batters took 24 innings to reach 1000 T20Is in their careers.
Batting first, New Zealand made a massive total of 200/3 in their 20 overs. In the chase, Australia have got off to a horrible start and it is looking like they might lose the game. As per the latest scorecard, Australia have lost their six batters for 87 runs in 13 overs.