Latham bags ton, NZ dominate Bangladesh

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    Tom Latham
    New Zealand cricketer

New Zealand promised to bounce back quickly from their loss to Bangladesh and captain Tom Latham redeemed the pledge with a commanding unbeaten century on the first day of the second Test.

Latham lost the toss for the sixth time while standing in as captain for Kane Williamson and had to bat on a disconcertingly green pitch at Hagley Oval.

By stumps, he was 186 not out and with the help of a half-century to Will Young and Devon Conway, who faced a nervous night on 99 not out, New Zealand were 1-349.

"I'm a bit nervous naturally, but I'll try to take a sleeping tablet to help me go to bed and reassess tomorrow," Conway said.

Bangladesh's shock win in the first Test thrilled the cricket world.

It was the stuff of fairytales but on Sunday the quiet, pragmatic Latham brought Bangladesh back to a cruel reality.

Latham hadn't previously scored even a half-century but the captain dominated the day, carrying his bat through 90 overs. By stumps he had hit 28 fours for 112 runs from boundaries.

Latham reached his half-century from 65 balls, his century from 133, his 150 from 199. And he played a full array shots, favouring the cut when Bangladesh bowled too short with the new ball in the morning then leaning into his drives and bringing midwicket into play in the next two sessions.

He was twice given out before lunch on Sunday yet survived to carry his bat through the day. Young's 54 -- his third half-century of the series -- included five fours, a 7 and a 5.

Ebadot Hossain was Bangladesh's man of the match in the first Test for his six wickets in the New Zealand second innings.

He came into the attack in the ninth over on Sunday and had Latham out lbw with his second and fifth deliveries. In both cases the on-field umpire upheld Ebadot's appeal and Latham had those decisions reviewed and overturned.

Young reached his half-century from 97 balls with a little bit of luck, after being dropped by Liton Das at second slip off Ebadot when he was 26.

After Young, Conway continued his prolific accumulation of runs in Tests and was left on the brink of a century at stumps. He scored 122 in the first innings of the first Test and added a half-century on Sunday from 83 balls.

If he goes on to his century, the South Africa-born batsman will have scored a double century, two centuries and a half-century in five Tests.

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