On Monday (22nd February) night, when the hosts New Zealand faced the visitors Australia in the first game of the five-match T20I series at Christchurch, Devon Conway’s heroic 99 not out helped the hosts to manage a dominating series-leading victory. During that brilliant knock, Conway becomes the joint record holder of most consecutive 50+ scores in T20 cricket history.
While New Zealand were struggling in the first batting after losing the toss, Devon Conway played the crucial role along with other middle-order batsmen. His 99 not out off 59 balls (10 fours and 3 sixes) helped New Zealand to score 184/5 in 20 overs.
In reply, Australia were all out for 131 runs as New Zealand won that match by 53 runs and undoubtedly Devon Conway won the Player of the Match award for his incredible batting performance.
Actually, Devon Conway is currently in great form with the bat in T20 cricket and his latest knock was not shocker, which was his second consecutive T20I half-century and third overall T20I half-century in just 5 innings. But if we see his latest performances in T20 format, it is more exciting.
Before this 99 not out, his last four T20I innings scores were 50, 69 not out, 91 not out and 93 not out respectively. So, while he remained not out in all the last four T20 innings, he scored 90s in all the last three T20 innings. Apart from the latest T20I knock, the other came during the Super Smash 2020/21 while he was playing for Wellington.
Virender Sehwag was the first cricketer to manage five consecutive 50+ scores in T20 cricket
Meanwhile, after his latest knock, Conway has registered five consecutive 50+ scores in T20 cricket, which is the joint most records in this format. However, he becomes the first New Zealand cricketer but sixth overall batsman to hit five consecutive 50+ scores in T20 cricket. Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag was the first cricketer to achieve this feat while he was playing for Delhi Daredevils in the IPL 2012. The other four names in this list are Hamilton Masakadza (Zimbabwe), Kamran Akmal (Pakistan), Jos Buttler (England) and David Warner (Australia).
Batsmen with five consecutive T20 50s
|Virender Sehwag||India||57, 87*, 73, 63 & 73||2012|
|Hamilton Masakadza||Zimbabwe||53, 62, 62, 55 & 56||2012|
|Kamran Akmal||Pakistan||52, 63, 65, 52 & 150*||2017|
|Jos Buttler||England||67, 51, 82, 95* & 94*||2018|
|David Warner||Australia||70*, 51, 50, 67 & 57||2019|
|Devon Conway||New Zealand||50, 69*, 91*, 93* & 99*||2021|
In the meantime, Devon Conway also became the fourth batsman to score 99 not out in T20I history. Meanwhile, England cricketer Alex Hales is still the only batsman in T20I history to get dismissed on 99 runs.
Batsmen with 99 runs in T20I history
|Alex Hales (England)||99||West Indies||Nottingham||24th June 2012|
|Luke Wright (England)||99*||Afghanistan||Colombo (RPS)||21st September 2012|
|Dawid Malan (England)||99*||South Africa||Cape Town||1st December 2020|
|Mohammad Hafeez (Pakistan)||99*||New Zealand||Hamilton||20th December 2020|
|David Conway (New Zealand)||99*||Australia||Christchurch||22nd February 2021|