Latham eyes double ton as New Zealand dominate Bangladesh
Tom Latham was closing in on a double century as New Zealand reached 349 for one at stumps to defy Hagley Oval's grim reputation for batters on the first day of the second Test against Bangladesh in Christchurch on Sunday.
The New Zealand captain was unbeaten on 186 with Devon Conway on 99 as the Black Caps scored at will on a ground reputed to be a bowler's paradise on day one.
"There's obviously going to be times on a green surface when you're going to get a bit of luck but you've also to keep batting and make the most of it. Some of his (Latham's) drives and the sounds off his bat were awesome."
Hagley Oval requires bowlers to maintain a good line and length to deliver wickets on its verdant surface, and Bangladesh bowling coach Ottis Gibson said they were guilty of straying too often.
"I don't think it's done as much as expected but at the same time I don't want to make any excuses for us. I don't think we bowled as well as we can," Gibson said.
"We didn't bowl enough good balls to create the sort of pressure that we created last week. When we got the length to full there was not a lot of seam movement and the New Zealand batters were able to capitalise."
- Seven-run farce -
Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam and Ebadot Hossain fed New Zealand a diet of loose deliveries and as a result Bangladesh spent the day chasing the ball to the boundary at a ground where the average first innings score is 263.
Latham's unbeaten 186 includes 28 fours, while Conway has 10 fours and a six in his 99.
The only time he was troubled was in Ebadot's opening over when he was twice given out lbw only for the dismissals to be overturned on review.
After toiling fruitlessly through the morning session, Bangladesh missed a chance for a wicket in the first over after lunch in what turned out to be a seven-run farce.
A Will Young edge off Ebadot was dropped by Liton Das at third slip allowing New Zealand to run for three.
As the bowler and fielders expressed their frustration, the return throw went to the bowler's end where no one was backing up and the ball raced through to the boundary.
Much to Ebadot's annoyance, Young scored a five in his next over when he took a quick single and Mehidy Hasan's throw at the stumps from mid-wicket raced to the fence again.
Young was to make a further 21 runs before an attempted drive was grasped by Mohammad Naim at point to give Shoriful Islam the first and only wicket.
T. Latham not out 186
W. Young c Naim b Shoriful 54
D. Conway not out 99
Extras: (lb7, w3) 10
Total: (one wicket; 90 overs) 349
Fall of wickets: 1-148 (Young)
To bat: R. Taylor, H. Nicholls, T. Blundell, D. Mitchell, K. Jamieson, T. Southee, N. Wagner, T. Boult
Bowling: Taskin 22-5-68-0 (2w), Shoriful 18-6-50-1 (1w), Ebadot 21-1-114-0 (1w), Mehidy 25-1-95-0, Shanto 4-0-15-0
Series: Bangladesh lead 1-0
Umpires: Chris Gaffaney (NZL), Wayne Knights
TV umpire: Chris Brown (NZL)
Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)