New Delhi. The 55th match of the 15th season of the Indian Premier League is being played at the DY Patil Stadium, where Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant won the toss and decided to bowl first. In reply, opener Rituraj Gaikwad (41) and Devon Conway opened the innings for the third consecutive match for the Chennai Super Kings team and put on a 110-run partnership for the first wicket. Before Mahendra Singh Dhoni took over the command of the team in IPL 2022, CSK’s openers were very disappointed and in the first 8 matches, only 2, 28, 10, 25, 19, 7, 0, 10 were the partnership of so many runs.
At the same time, things suddenly seem to have changed after Mahendra Singh Dhoni took over and the CSK openers shared partnerships of 182, 54 and 110 runs. In such a situation, a question is constantly arising that what has changed in the team since the arrival of Dhoni, then the answer is the opening pair of the team, now Devon Conway has joined CSK’s opening pair with Rituraj Gaikwad and in 3 consecutive matches. He gave a good start to the team by playing half-century innings.
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Had a hat-trick of half-century, joined the special club
In this match against Delhi Capitals too, Devon Conway completed his half-century in just 27 balls while batting tremendously and has joined the list of players who have played the most number of half-centuries in consecutive matches for CSK. In this list, the name of the current RCB captain and former CSK opener Faf du Plessis is at the top, who played 4 consecutive half-centuries in 2021, while Rituraj Gaikwad scored 3 consecutive half-centuries in IPL 2020. Now Conway has become the third player to do so by scoring half-centuries in three consecutive matches for CSK.
luck changed after marriage
It is noteworthy that Devon Conway was included in the mega auction of IPL 2022 by Chennai Super Kings for his base price of Rs 1 crore, after which it was believed that he could make up for the lack of Duplessis. However, when he was given a chance in the first match, he got out after scoring just 3 runs. After this the CSK team dropped him from the team and he again returned to his homeland for a few days for marriage. When Conway returned to the IPL after marriage, it seemed that his luck had taken a turn and he was seen in a new rhythm.
Fifty century in just 27 balls
Conway scored only 3 runs in the first match after playing 8 balls, while in the next 3 innings, he scored 229 runs from 146 balls. Not only this, the IPL 2022 season has seen only 4 century partnerships for the first wicket, out of which 2 century partnerships have come between Conway and Gaikwad. Gaikwad faced 49 balls during his innings and scored a personal best score of 87 runs with 7 fours and 5 sixes.
Story first published: Sunday, May 8, 2022, 21:01 [IST]