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Tom Latham Puts New Zealand In Charge

Brendon McCullum plays a leg-side shot
Brendon McCullum offered Latham support by hitting 43
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New Zealand 243-3 (Latham 137no) v Pakistan
Second Test, Dubai, day one

Tom Latham's second century of the series helped New Zealand close day one of the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai on 243 for three.

Latham struck 137 not out to lead his side's strong response to a disappointing 248-run defeat in Abu Dhabi.

Brendon McCullum (43), Kane Williamson (32) and Ross Taylor (23) all offered Latham support during a good day for the Black Caps.

It began when they won the toss and openers McCullum and Latham made it to 77 before McCullum was caught by Shan Masood off Ehsan Adil as he went for a big shot over mid-wicket.

Masood was brought into Pakistan's side to replace Ahmed Shehzad, who fractured a cheekbone during the first Test, and Adil replaced Imran Khan.

With Williamson for company in the afternoon session, Latham took New Zealand's score to 153, at which point Williamson played down the wrong line to Zulfiqar Babar and was bowled.

Latham moved to the second century of his career and with Taylor added 73 for the third wicket, which fell when Taylor was caught - at the third attempt - by Masood at silly point off Yasir Shah.

Corey Anderson made seven not out in 38 balls to help Latham make it through to stumps unbeaten on 137 in 258 balls.

New Zealand named an unchanged side while as well as the Masood and Adil coming in for Pakistan, they also handed a recall for Taufeeq Umar with Mohammad Hafeez left out.

Hafeez scored a century in the opening Test but was subsequently reported for bowling with a suspected illegal action and must now undergo independent analysis of his action.

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