Latham, Boult extend New Zealand’s dominance on the second day

CHRISTCHURCH: New Zealand’s skipper – Tom Latham scored 252 before Trent Boult wreaked havoc over Bangladesh’s batting line-up; handing a massive 395-runs deficit to the touring side on day two of the second Test.

New Zealand’s quicks, led by the left arm-pacer, Boult annihilated the touring side’s batting line-up; dismissing them for a paltry 126 at the conclusion of the second day. Boult completed his 300 wickets in Test cricket; taking a five-fer, while Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson took three and two wickets each, respectively.

In response to New Zealand’s 521/6, Bangladesh had started off poorly; losing half of their side for just 27 runs. Yasir Ali and Nurul Hasan, however, showed grit and fought hard. The pair added an important 61-runs partnership before Hasan fell short to Southee. He managed to score 41.

The side then ran into another collapse and Ali, too, fell short after reaching his half-century. He top-scored with his valiant 55 off 95 balls, laced with six boundaries. Bangladesh, in the end, bowled out for 126.

Earlier, in the opening session of day two, Devon Conway and Tom Latham resumed the proceedings for the home side at 349/1. Conway soon, flicked the ball towards the fine-leg boundary to reach his second Test century. Conway, however, fell short of luck as the left-handed batter was run-out after scoring 109.

Latham, on the other hand, kept going and went on to smash his second double ton. He scored 252 before falling short to Bangladesh’s skipper – Mominul Haque. With late contributions from Tom Blundell, the side declared their first innings at 521/6. Blundell scored an unbeaten 57 off 60 balls; smashing eight boundaries.

For Bangladesh, Shoriful Islam and Ebadot Hussain bagged two wickets each, while Haque made one scalp.

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