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Latham hits 136 as New Zealand dominates

Martin Guptill’s 87 and Kane Williamson’s unbeaten 95 adds to Zimbabwe’s misery as visitor ends Day 1 on 329/2

Latham hits 136 as New Zealand dominates - Cricket News
Tom Latham was dismissed for 136.
Tom Latham scored his second consecutive century in Zimbabwe as New Zealand's batsmen dominated the opening day of the second and final Test at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Saturday (August 6).
Latham's 105 set New Zealand up for a big victory in the first Test, and he bettered that score to give his team a commanding platform. He recorded his fifth Test century and went on to make 136 before falling to what proved to be the final ball of the day as New Zealand closed on 329 for 2.
Zimbabwe's bowlers claimed just six wickets in a one-sided first Test, and endured a similarly frustrating day on another docile pitch as Latham and Martin Guptill had no trouble seeing off the new ball and went on to construct an opening stand of 169.
Guptill was eventually dismissed in the hour before tea when Donald Tiripano got the ball to sneak through his defences to trap him lbw for 87.
But joy for Zimbabwe was short-lived, as Latham went on to add 160 for the second wicket with Kane Williamson.
Latham failed to see out the day when he was caught and bowled by Sean Williams, the left-arm spinner, but Williamson went to stumps unbeaten on 95, within touching distance of becoming the first New Zealand batsman to score a century against all nine Test teams.

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