New Zealand captain ends first day on 186*, with the No. 3 unbeaten on 99
Stumps New Zealand 349 for 1 (Latham 186*, Conway 99*, Young 54, Shoriful 1-50) vs Bangladesh
Latham had a field day driving, cutting and guiding the ball through the off-side. He struck 21 of his 29 fours through this area, looking particularly great whenever he had a bit of room. He was also quick on anything short, pulling the ball with ease.
Conway started with a beautiful cover-driven four off Mehidy, and towards the end of the day, blazed one through the covers off Taskin, highlights of his innings so far, which has already included ten fours and six.
During the last session, Latham reached his 150 off 199 balls, before moving to his highest score against Bangladesh, topping the 177 in Wellington in 2017. Conway, too, picked up pace but there was a semblance of control from Bangladesh as they used spin for an extended period.
Latham had reached his 12th Test century in the middle session to lead New Zealand’s supremacy. They raised their run rate in the afternoon, scoring at 3.92, as opposed to the 3.53 in the first session. But Bangladesh had their chances, twice denied by the review and once by their own frailties.
Early in the first session, Latham overturned two lbw decisions off Ebadot in the same over. Then, in the first over of the second session, Litton Das dropped Young diving to his left from second slip, even though it seemed the ball would have carried to first slip. To make matters worse, the bowler, Ebadot, had to run all the way to the boundary to stop the resultant overthrow.
Ebadot’s figures were further dented when there was another four overthrows in his next over. It underlined Bangladesh’s enthusiasm, perhaps. But they did remove Young, caught off Shoriful at point. It was Young’s third consecutive dismissal in the 50s.
Soon enough, Latham reached his fastest Test century, off 133 balls, to the applause from his wife, young son and father, who were all in the stands.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84