Latham 137 fires New Zealand to 341

Innings New Zealand 341 for 7 (Latham 137, Munro 87, Shakib 3-69) v Bangladesh
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Tom Latham was particularly effective with the pull shot on a pitch with true pace and bounce © Getty Images

Just as Bangladesh tried to grab of the match, Tom Latham and Colin Munro yanked it away with a 158-run fifth wicket stand that formed the bedrock of New Zealand’s 341 for 7 in Christchurch. Munro pumped oxygen into the innings with a 61-ball 87 but it was Latham who was there almost from start to almost finish, with his career-best 137.

New Zealand’s total on Boxing Day was their highest against Bangladesh, beating the 338 for 4 they made 26 years ago. Much of the work towards that came from Latham. His second ODI hundred came with a mighty pull off Taskin Ahmed in the 40th over. The same shot through midwicket got him to his highest score. He timed the ball well throughout his innings, starting with a punch through the covers in the third over. His first six was a pick-up over square-leg off Soumya Sarkar, before he dropped anchor.

His lasting till the 48th over of the innings was necessary for New Zealand considering the way they started. Hagley Oval had provided a pitch with true pace and bounce and all a batting side needed was partnerships. Kane Williamson won the toss and chose to put runs on the board but wouldn’t have been pleased that every time two of his men seemed to have the measure of Bangladesh, they would falter.

Mustafizur, in his first international match since July, got rid of Martin Guptill with a slower ball in the sixth over. Williamson had seemed solid, becoming the joint-fourth fastest to 4,000 ODI runs in his 96th innings, but was caught behind off a Taskin Ahmed short ball for 31. Shakib Al Hasan then removed comeback man Neil Broom and allrounder James Neesham in the space of 4.1 overs, both leg-before playing back to full length deliveries. New Zealand were 158 for 4 in the 29th over and their middle order was exposed.

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Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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