CHRISTCHURCH: Tom Latham was closing in on a double century as New Zealand reached 349 for one at stumps to defy Hagley Oval’s grim popularity for batters on day one of many second Take a look at in opposition to Bangladesh in Christchurch on Sunday. The New Zealand captain was unbeaten on 186 with Devon Conway on 99 because the Black Caps scored at will on a floor reputed to be a bowler’s paradise on day one. New Zealand, determined for a win to save lots of the collection after dropping the primary Take a look at, have defied the inexperienced floor and been in management ever since they misplaced the toss and had been despatched into bat. Latham and Conway have placed on 201 for the second wicket after Latham and Will Younger (54) produced a 148-run stand for the primary wicket.
Hagley Oval requires bowlers to take care of a superb line and size to ship wickets on its verdant floor, and Bangladesh had been responsible of straying too usually. Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam and Ebadot Hossain fed New Zealand a eating regimen of free deliveries and in consequence Bangladesh spent the day chasing the ball to the boundary at a floor had been the typical first innings rating is 263. Latham, who upset within the first Take a look at with innings of 1 and 14, progressed at a constant fee together with his first 50 taking 65 deliveries, the second 68 and the third 66. His unbeaten 186 contains 28 fours, whereas Conway has 10 fours and a six in his 99.
The hundred moved Latham as much as fourth on the record of New Zealand century-makers headed by Kane Williamson with 24. The one time he was troubled was in Ebadot Hossain’s opening over when he was twice given out lbw just for the dismissals to be overturned on evaluation.
Bangladesh appealed vociferously late within the day for Latham to be caught behind, however replays confirmed the ball missed the bat. After toiling fruitlessly by way of the morning session, Bangladesh missed an opportunity for a wicket within the first over after lunch in what turned out to be a seven-run farce. A Will Younger edge off Ebadot was dropped by Liton Das at third slip permitting New Zealand to run for 3. Because the bowler and fieldsmen expressed their frustration, the return throw went to the bowler’s finish the place nobody was backing up and the ball raced by way of to the boundary. A lot to Ebadot’s annoyance, Younger scored a 5 in his subsequent over when he took a fast single and Mehidy Hasan’s throw on the stumps from mid-wicket raced to the fence once more. Younger was to make an additional 21 runs earlier than an tried drive was grasped by Mohammad Naim at level to offer Shoriful Islam the primary and solely wicket.