Tom Latham led New Zealand’s reply to Bangladesh first innings total by slamming his sixth Test century. The hosts were 292 for 3 at stumps on day three of the first Test in Wellington.
Latham was unbeaten on 119 and Henry Nicholls on 35. Bangladesh declared just before lunch at 595 for 8, after Sabbir Rahman notched up his second Test fifty.
It was Mushfiqur Rahim (159) and Shakib Al Hasan (217) big knocks that put the visitors in the driver’s seat. Both the senior batsmen put up a record stand of 359 runs for the fifth wicket. This was Bangladesh’s second highest Test total and the first being 638 against Sri Lanka at Galle in 2013. (Scorecard)
Skipper Mushfiqur was unable to take the field on Saturday after getting struck in the hands while batting. Imrul Kayes had to do wicketkeeping in his absence and Tamim Iqbal led the side.
Offspinner Mehedi Hasan started the bowling proceedings for Bangladesh, but was not able to pick any wickets despite getting some purchase off the Basin Reserve strip. Latham and Jeet Raval put up a 54-run stand for thje first wicket before Kamrul Islam dismissed Raval before lunch.
However, Kane Williamson (53) looked in great touch but failed to carry on after notching up his half-century, becoming Taskin Ahmed’s first Test wicket.
Ross Taylor was next to fall after scoring a fluent 40, leaving New Zealand on 205 for 3. Then it was up to Latham to see off the day for his team by scoring an unbeaten hundred.