Bangladesh Claw Back After Conway Century
On Day 1 of the Bay Oval Test, Devon Conway scored his second Test century, as Bangladesh chipped away at the scoreboard with wickets at regular intervals. At the end of the game, the home team had a score of 258 for 5.
Conway had to nullify spells where Bangladesh’s fast bowlers bowled incisively, which wasn’t always easy. During the first half of the morning session, one such spell of play occurred. Taskin Ahmed and Shoriful Islam, the pace combo, produced razor-sharp swing and continuous seam movement to threaten the top order.
Bounced Extra to Beat
A delivery from Taskin that shaped away from Young and bounced extra to beat him on the outside edge was the standout of the respective opening spells. When Tom Latham eked out an inside edge, Liton Das grabbed a brilliant catch behind the stumps, it was his pace colleague Shoriful who picked up the first wicket.
Just as the pressure valve was released, Bangladesh’s third seamer, Ebadot Hossain, couldn’t sustain the same level of discipline. As he brought out the pull and drive, Conway in particular began to gain confidence.
Conway continued to play freely after the lunch break, pulling and sweeping the off-spinner, Mehidy Hasan. Young, too, followed in the footsteps of his batting partner by completing the sweep. Bangladesh did not examine a caught-behind appeal in the 28th over, allowing the No.3 batsman to escape. Young had eked out a sliver of an advantage, according to replays.
Session Would end Without a Wicket
Young attempted to steal a single but was run out just as it appeared that the session would end without a wicket. Before the excellent Shoriful yanked him out, Ross Taylor replaced Young and enjoyed another vital 50-point alliance with Conway.
Conway had scored his second Test ton with a single off Taskin by the time Taylor was removed. Conway looked set to turn his century into a higher total with Henry Nicholls by his side until being bowled by Mominul Haque for a strangling down the leg-side. Conway’s dissatisfaction was palpable on his face.
After Conway returned to the pavilion, it was up to Nicholls to keep the innings together. To keep the scoreboard ticking over, the left-hander combined good defense with the occasional pull and loft. However, his batting partner, Tom Blundell, sliced one onto the stumps off Ebadot towards the end of the day’s play, giving Bangladesh a chance to restrict the host team to a reasonable score.