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NZ vs BAN 2nd Test: Devon Conway becomes first player to achieve THIS huge feat

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New Zealand batter Devon Conway on Sunday (December 9) became the first player to achieve a 50+ score in his first five Tests.

Conway achieved this feat during the Day 1 of the ongoing second Test match against Bangladesh at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch.

Making his Test debut against England in June 2021 at Lords, Conway played a breakthrough knock of 200 runs. This was followed 80 against England at Edgbaston.

Maintaining his fiery form, the Kiwi batter went on to score 54 against India at the World Test Championship (WTC) and then 122 against Bangladesh in the first Test at Mount Maunganui.

Talking about the match, skipper Tom Latham scored a remarkable century as New Zealand dominated Day 1 of the ongoing second Test against Bangladesh.

 

At stumps, New Zealand’s score read 349/1 with Latham (186*) and Devon Conway (99*) currently present at the crease.

Sent into bat, New Zealand got off to a remarkable start as openers Latham and Will Young put the Bangladesh bowlers on backfoot by registering boundaries quite easily. Both batters played out the first session, ensuring that the hosts do not lose any wickets.

Both batters went past their 50-run mark, and ended up forming a 148-run opening stand. Bangladesh finally got the wicket in the 38th over as Shoriful Islam had Young (54) dismissed. However, Latham marched on and he brought up his 12th Test century in the 45th over of the innings.

Devon Conway next came out to the middle and he also registered his half-century and this gave further advantage to the hosts. Latham continued on from where he left off, bringing up his 150 and Bangladesh’s backs were against the wall, as New Zealand’s score read 270/1 after the end of the 71st over.

In the end, Latham and Conway ensured that New Zealand does not lose more wickets and the hosts have nine wickets in hand.

Brief Scores: New Zealand 349/1 (Tom Latham 186*, Devon Conway 99*; Shoriful Islam 1-50) vs Bangladesh.

 

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India To Open Campaign Against Pakistan in T20 World Cup 2022

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The schedule for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 was announced on Friday. The Men in Blue will be locking horns against Pakistan in their first match of the tournament on October 23 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). The Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 is slated to be held in Australia between October 16- November 13 and it will be played across seven venues — Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Geelong, Hobart and Perth.

A total of 45 matches will be played across Adelaide, Brisbane, Geelong, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney, ensuring the same national footprint as the postponed 2020 event.

In the First Round, 2014 champions Sri Lanka and Namibia will play the opening match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 at Kardinia Park, Geelong on Sunday, October 16. They’ll be joined by two qualifiers in Group A. Two-time champions West Indies will also start in the First Round, joined in Group B by Scotland, and two qualifiers in Hobart.

In the Super 12, hosts Australia is in Group 1 with world number one England, New Zealand, Afghanistan plus the winner of Group A and the runner-up in Group B from the First Round. Group 2 features India, Pakistan, South Africa, Bangladesh, plus the winner of Group B and runner-up in Group A from the First Round.

Hosts and defending champions, Australia will play New Zealand in the opening match of the Super 12 at the SCG on Saturday, October 22 in a re-match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 Final. The Black Caps will also face England at The Gabba on 1 November in a re-match of their epic semi-final encounter at the 2021 event.

Two of world cricket’s biggest rivals will go head-to-head at the MCG, with India taking on Pakistan on Sunday, October 23. It will be the first World Cup clash between the two nations at the MCG and comes before two more fierce rivals, Australia and England, meets at the same venue on Friday, October 28.

The state-of-the-art Perth Stadium will host a huge Sunday double-header on Sunday, October 30 with South Africa taking on India in the evening match. Earlier in the day, Pakistan will be in action against the runners-up from Group A.

The seven venues to host matches are Adelaide Oval, The Gabba, Kardinia Park Stadium, Bellerive Oval, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Perth Stadium and Sydney Cricket Ground.

The semi-finals will be played at the SCG and Adelaide Oval on November 9 and 10, respectively. The final will be contested under lights at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on November 13.

Defending champions Australia and runners-up New Zealand plus England, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Afghanistan and Bangladesh as the next highest-ranked teams have gained direct entry into the Super 12 stage of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.

Sri Lanka, West Indies, Scotland, and Namibia have qualified but will start the event in the First Round. The four remaining spots at Australia 2022 will be filled via the ongoing qualification pathway, culminating in two global qualifying tournaments in early 2022.

International Cricket Council CEO Geoff Allardice in an official release said: “T20 is the global growth format for cricket and the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 will play a huge role in inspiring our next generation of players and fans as the world’s best players descend on Australia and showcase the very best of our sport. The release of fixtures is always a great moment in the delivery of a World Cup as fans start to get excited about opening games, head to heads, and knock-out stages.”

“This schedule offers so much, from the 2014 Champions Sri Lanka opening the event to our defending champions Australia starting with a rematch of the 2021 Men’s T20 World Cup Final against New Zealand and of course India taking on Pakistan at the MCG. We know that hundreds of thousands of passionate cricket fans will turn out to support every single one of the 16 teams across all seven of our host cities which is what makes it so special for the players. You only need to cast your mind back to the brilliant ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia to know that this is going to be a wonderful event for players and fans alike,” he added.

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Indian Tennis Star Sania Mirza announces retirement plans

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India’s most decorated female tennis player Sania Mirza on Wednesday announced her retirement plans after defeat in the first round of women’s doubles at the Australian Open 2022. Following the defeat, Mirza announced that 2022 is going to be her last season on the tour and she really wants to complete it.

“I’ve decided this will be my last season. I’m taking it week by week, not sure if I can last the season, but I want too,” Mirza was quoted as saying.

Kaja Juvan and Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia defeated Mirza and Kichenok 6-4, 7-6 in the opening round to march ahead in the ongoing Grand Slam. Earlier on Wednesday, Rohan Bopanna alongside Edouard Roger-Vasselin suffered an opening-round loss in the men’s doubles event of the ongoing Australian Open.

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Shocked: Rohit Sharma as Virat Kohli quits as India Test captain

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Opening batsman Rohit Sharma on Sunday expressed shock at the sudden decision of Virat Kohli to step down as captain of the Test team.

Sharma, who was appointed as captain of the ODI team in December, is considered the frontrunner for the Test skipper role.

Taking to Instagram, Sharma wrote, “Shocked!! But congratulations on a successful stint as Indian captain.” He wished Kohli the best for his future.

Kohli’s decision had surprised cricket fans and former players. BCCI president Sourav Ganguly lauded Virat Kohli for taking the team forward in all forms of cricket during his stint as India skipper, but said his decision to quit Test captaincy was a personal one.

Under Kohli, India won 40 out of 68 Tests, with memorable series wins in England and Australia being the highlight.

“Under Virat’s leadership Indian cricket has made rapid strides in all formats of the game ..his decision is a personal one and bcci respects it immensely ..he will be an important member to take this team to newer heights in the future. A great player. well done .. @BCCI @imVkohli,” Ganguly tweeted.

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