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Tom Latham century leads New Zealand fightback

Tom Latham steadied the New Zealand with a century
Tom Latham steadied the New Zealand with a century

Bangladesh 595-8 dec (Shakib 217) v
New Zealand 292-3 (Latham 119no)
First Test, Wellington, day three

Tom Latham scored an unbeaten century as New Zealand replied back strong with 292 for three in response to Bangladesh first innings total of 595 for eight on day three of the first Test in Wellington.

Bangladesh started the day at 542 for seven. Sabbir Rahman (54 not out) smashed a boundary in the fourth ball of the day to set the tone.

Neil Wagner (4-151) got his fourth wicket when Taskin Ahmed (3) edged one to the slips. Bangladesh declaration came at 595 for eight after Rahman reached a 85-ball fifty which included seven boundaries.

Jeet Raval (29) had a reprieve when Shakib Al Hasan (0-30) dropped him at third slip in the 10th over. Raval and Latham (119 not out) completed their 50-run stand in 78 deliveries.

However, Raval failed to carry on after he top edged a delivery from Kamrul Islam Rabbi (2-53) and New Zealand went into lunch at 55 for one.

Kane Williamson (53) scored three boundaries in four deliveries to keep the momentum going and in the 30th over he brought the 50-run stand with Latham.

The 33rd over saw Latham reach his half-century and in the next over Williamson completed a 54-ball fifty. However, in the next delivery he edged a Taskin (1-79) delivery behind the stumps.

Ross Taylor (40) took off from where Williamson left and plundered six boundaries in his first 17 deliveries and he brought the 50-run stand with Latham off just 43 deliveries. New Zealand went into tea at 186 for two.

The second over of the final session saw Subashis Roy (0-46) receive his second warning for running on the pitch but two overs later Taylor chipped one to midwicket to give Rabbi his second wicket.

Henry Nicholls (35 not out) survived a review for LBW in the 57th over and in the next over Latham struck couple of boundaries to get into the nineties.

Latham reached his century off 167 deliveries - the third New Zealand opener to do so at Basin Reserve and with an unbeaten 87 run stand with Nicholls, New Zealand reached 292 for three in 77 overs when bad light prevented further way.

They now trail Bangladesh by 303 runs with seven wickets in hand.

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