PAK vs NZ: Devon Conway Becomes Fastest New Zealand Batter To Score 1000 Test Runs. Blackcaps batter Devon Conway became the fastest New Zealand player to score 1000 runs in Test cricket.
The left-handed batter reached the milestone in the first Test of the series against Pakistan at the National Stadium in Karachi on Tuesday, December 27. The Tim Southee-led team is on their first Test tour of Pakistan since 2002.
The 31-year-old reached the milestone in 11 Tests across 19 innings at an average of 55.55, with three hundreds, five half-centuries, and a high score of 200. New Zealand were 0-165 at the end of day two after bowling Pakistan out for 438 runs. Conway and Tom Latham batted comfortably against Pakistan’s bowling attack, putting on a 165-run opening stand.
Conway was unbeaten at 82 off 156 balls, including 12 fours, at the end of the second day of play. The southpaw has surpassed former New Zealander John Reid’s record of 1,000 runs in 20 innings. England’s Herbert Sutcliffe is the fastest player to reach a thousand runs in the longer format, as he did it in just 12 innings against Australia in 1925.
Earlier in the morning, the visitors got off to a flying start on the second day, with Tim Southee nicking off his opposite number in the first over. The Kiwis took two more wickets in the session to get off to a good start on the second day of the series opener.
Agha Salman Scored His Maiden Century
However, Agha Salman shone with the bat and scored his maiden Test century to help the hosts to a big total. Captain Babar Azam (161), Agha Salman (103), and Sarfaraz Ahmed (86) shone with the bat. Tim Southee was the best bowler in New Zealand’s bowling attack, with 3/69 from 25.5 overs. Ajaz Patel, Ish Sodhi, and Michael Bracewell each got two scalps, while Neil Wagner took one.