Test Cricket: Conway’s half-century, New Zealand 155 for two

Wellington. Opener Devon Conway hit a half-century as New Zealand posted 155 for two in their first innings on the rain-affected first day of the second Test against Sri Lanka on Friday. Due to rain, only 48 overs of play could be played throughout the day. Sri Lanka won the toss and invited New Zealand to bat first. Conway scored a blistering 78 and shared an 87-run partnership with Tom Latham (21) to get the team off to a good start. Kane Williamson was on 26 and Henry Nicholls on 18 when the day’s play was called off early due to bad light. The game before lunch could not be played in the morning due to heavy rain.

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Sri Lankan skipper Dimuth Karunaratne then took no time in electing to field first after winning the toss but the pitch did not provide the kind of help his fast bowlers were hoping for. Conway and Latham made a cautious start. After scoring 21 runs off 73 balls, Latham was caught at the boundary line by playing a shot in the air off Kasun Rajita. Conway brought up his eighth half-century off 69 balls. He was looking in a position to play a big innings but this spinner caught him back off the bowling of Dhananjay D’Silva. He hit 13 fours in his innings.

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