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New Zealand firmly ahead after Tom Latham ton

Tom Latham scored 105 in the first innings against Zimbabwe.
Tom Latham scored 105 in the first innings against Zimbabwe.
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Zimbabwe 164 (Tiripano 49no) v
New Zealand 315-4 (Latham 105)
First Test, day two, Bulawayo

Tom Latham struck a classy 105 while Kane Williamson chipped in with a knock of 91 runs to take New Zealand to 315 for four by the end of the second day’s play of the first Test against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo, putting the visitors ahead by 151 runs.

New Zealand resumed their innings on the overnight score of 32 for naught. In the first half of the session, Martin Guptill (40) and Latham (105) went on to add 43 runs to the overnight score in 12 overs.

A little while later in the 26th over, Guptill was caught behind at gully, leaving New Zealand at 79 for one. New Zealand went past the 100-run mark just ahead of the lunch break and ended the session with the score at 102 for one.

Three overs into the session, Latham brought up his eighth Test fifty and settled nicely into the 156-run stand with Williamson (91).

Soon after the partnership crossed the three-digit mark, Williamson reached his own half-century. The pair safely took New Zealand to the tea break with the score at 214 for one.

In the third over of the final session, Latham reached his 200-ball century, his fourth in Tests. In the 72nd over, Williamson survived an appeal for a catch as the replays were inconclusive if the catch from Sikandar Raza (0-37) was clean.

However, Zimbabwe struck with the wicket of Latham in the next over. Ross Taylor (38 not out) began with a couple of boundaries and settled into his innings.

Nine runs short of his century, Williamson was caught in the slip cordon after edging a lovely delivery from Graeme Cremer (1-113) in the 86th over.

Soon after Zimbabwe opted for the second new ball in the 95th over, Henry Nicholls (18) was sent back by Donald Tiripano (1-51).

Ish Sodhi (5 not out) and Taylor safely saw out the remainder of the session, taking New Zealand to 315 for four after 100 overs at stumps on day two, with the lead of 151 runs.

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