On the opening day of Sunday’s second and final Test against Bangladesh, New Zealand bounced back from a shock defeat at Mount Maunganui to bounce back 1-349 as captain Tom Latham broke his unbeaten run of 186.
Latham added 148 points with fellow opener Will Young and then 201 with Devon Conway, who remained 99 out of the pack.
“The way Tom hit the ball, the sound of hitting the ball was great,” New Zealand batting coach Luke Runche told reporters.
“Not playing outside all day and continuing with Devon tomorrow…it’s been a fantastic effort from both sides.”
World Test champions New Zealand are off to a perfect start under Latham after being beaten on the Hagley Oval in Christchurch after a humiliating defeat in the series opener. The southpaw, who led without the injured Kane Williamson, was given Ebadot Hussain twice in the ninth, and both decisions were overturned after the batsman reviewed them.
Ebbadot created another chance shortly after the lunch break, but Litton Das threw salt in the wound when Litton Das slipped Young, then 26, on the second slip , after making three runs and picking up four overthrows, he ran a rare seven.
133 Ball Century
Shoriful Islam eventually broke the stand and he allowed Young to be caught for 54 in the gully, but Latham went on to punish the wayward Bangladesh bowler as he ran to 133 overs for the century.
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Latham’s free-flowing knocks included 28 borders and at 169 Bangladesh blew up a comment trying to put him behind. “Unfortunately, we didn’t bowl well enough balls to create the kind of pressure we created last week,” Bangladesh fast bowling coach Otis Gibson told reporters.
“New Zealand has been hurt since last week and they came back to show why there is one of the best teams in the world.”
Bangladesh were forced to make two changes to the winning team at Mount Maunganui. Opener Mahmudul Hasan (hand) and middle batsman Mushfiqur Rahim (groin) were sidelined with injury and were replaced by Nurul Hasan and Mohammad Naim.
New Zealand brought in Daryl Mitchell for all-rounder Rachin Ravindra.