NZ vs Bangladesh, 2nd Test: Latham, Conway headline Day 1
New Zealand's top three decimated the Bangladesh bowlers on Day 1 of the 2nd Test at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch. Skipper Tom Latham scored in excess of 150, while Devon Conway is en route to his second consecutive hundred of the series. Opener Will Young too contributed with a brisk 54. Shoriful Islam took the only wicket for Bangladesh in the day.
New Zealand bossed all three sessions on Day 1. Openers Latham and Young shared a 148-run stand before the latter departed. The likes of Conway and Latham took the hosts past 350. While Latham returned unbeaten on 186, his partner Conway requires a solitary run to register his third Test ton. New Zealand finished on 349/1 at stumps.
Latham led the Kiwis from the front on the opening day. The left-handed batter gave the Bangladeshi bowlers no margin for error. He scored at a decent pace as well. Latham raced to his 12th hundred in Test cricket off just 133 balls. He reached the 150-run mark in the 65th over. Latham is now eyeing his second double-hundred in the format.
Latham remained unbeaten on 186 on Day 1, the fourth-most runs by a New Zealand batter in a single day (Tests). Nathan Astle (222 v England, 2002), Ross Taylor (209 vs Australia, 2015), and Brendon McCullum (195 vs SL, 2014) are the others.
Top-order batter Devon Conway continued his exploits in the second Test. He is batting on 99* off 148 balls (10 fours and 1 six). He has become the first-ever player to record first innings 50+ scores in his first five Tests (200 vs England at Lord's, 80 vs England at Edgbaston, 54 vs India at Southampton, 122 vs Bangladesh at Mount Maunganui).
As of now, Conway has smashed 603 runs in nine matches at an incredible average of 75.38 in Test cricket. Notably, the great Donald Bradman scored 607 runs in his first 10 Tests. Conway is all set to smash his third century in the format.