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Latham ton underpins New Zealand batting display on day one

Tom Latham (right) and Martin Guptill (left) added 169 runs for the opening wicket.
Tom Latham (right) and Martin Guptill (left) added 169 runs for the opening wicket.
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New Zealand 329-2 (Latham 136) v Zimbabwe
Second Test, day one, Bulawayo

A majestic century from Tom Latham and crucial knocks of 95 and 87 from Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill respectively highlighted a strong batting display from New Zealand, who ended the first day of the second Test against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo with a score of 329 for two.

New Zealand won the toss and opted to bat first. Guptill (87) and Latham (136) began steadily and settled down in their partnership, crossing the 50-run mark in the 12th over.

The pair were hardly troubled by the Zimbabwe bowlers, who failed to put pressure on the batsmen. As the lunch break approached, Guptill and Latham crossed the 100-run mark in their opening stand and they ended the session with the score on 101 for naught.

The second session began with Guptill completing his fifty in 93 balls. In the 31st over, Guptill was dropped off Graeme Cremer’s (0-108) bowling.

Latham too reached his fifty early in the second session and the pair continued to dominate the bowlers.

The 169-run opening stand was broken when Guptill was trapped LBW by Donald Tiripano (1-58) in the 49th over.

Williamson (95 not out) wasted no time in getting into his groove and along with Latham, he took New Zealand to 206 for one at tea.

In the seventh over of the final session, Latham completed his second century of the series, taking 190 balls to get to the landmark.

A little while later, Williamson brought up his half-century. There was no respite for the Zimbabwe bowlers as Williamson and Latham completely dominated the proceedings.

However, Latham chipped a return catch to Sean Williams (1-15) in the last ball of the day, ending the 160-run stand for the second wicket.

New Zealand piled on a score of 329 for two in 89.5 overs at stumps on day one.

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