Twitter Reactions: Trent Boult’s fifer blows away Bangladesh after Tom Latham’s double ton

Yasir Ali Chowdhury scored a gutsy half-century for the Tigers.

Yasir Ali Chowdhury scored a gutsy half-century for the Tigers.
Tom Latham. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

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New Zealand are, well and truly, the firm favourites to win their second Test against Bangladesh after they lost the opening game in Mount Maunganui by eight wickets. Following a dominating outing on Day one at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch, the Black Caps strengthened their grip on the game further. The visitors are currently trailing by 395 runs and are in danger of facing an innings defeat.

Tom Latham makes hay

Tom Latham, Will Young and Devon Conway had already put the Kiwis on the drivers’ seat in the first day. The home team went on to amass 521 for the loss of six wickets in 128.5 overs before declaring their innings. Conway was unbeaten on 99 at the close of play on the first day and he got to his century off 149 balls. Ross Taylor, on his last Test appearance, scored 28 runs with four fours.

Latham, at the other hand, went on to score a double century to make sure that the Tigers weren’t allowed to get a foothold into the game. The southpaw stayed not out on 252 runs off 373 balls with 34 fours and two sixes. Tom Blundell also chipped in with a quickfire 60-ball 57. Shoriful Islam and Ebadot Hossain picked up two wickets apiece. Takin Ahmed and Mehidy Hasan returned wicketless.

Trent Boult decimates Bangladesh

Bangladesh found themselves in all sorts of strife in their first innings as they were reduced to 27 for five in the 12th over. Trent Boult and Tim Southee made sure that none of their batters in the top five could get into double digits. From there on, Yasir Ali Chowdhury and Nurul Hasan Sohan restored sanity into proceedings as they put on 60 runs for the sixth wicket off 17.4 overs.

Chowdhury looked the best of the lot as he scored 55 runs with the help of seven fours. Sohan also impressed with a well-made 62-ball 41. Boult was the pick of the bowlers for New Zealand as he got five wickets for 43 runs. Southee and Kyle Jamieson got three and two wickets respectively. Neil Wagner rolled his arms over for seven overs, but wasn’t able to make a breakthrough.

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