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Jeet Raval registered his maiden Test ton

Jeet Raval's maiden Test ton and his undefeated 197-run stand with Tom Latham put New Zealand in a position of strength at the end of the first session of Day 2 of the first Test against Bangladesh in Hamilton on Friday (March 1). Plenty of milestones were reached as the opening partnership grew from strength to strength, with Raval and Latham adding 111 runs in 26 overs in the session to help New Zealand reduce the deficit to 37 at Lunch.

It was easy going for the New Zealand opening pair with the Bangladesh pacers hardly troubling them in the first hour. After a watchful start to get an idea of how the pitch was behaving, Raval and Latham played their shots confidently, dealing in boundaries as they brought up New Zealand's highest opening stand against Bangladesh - surpassing the 104-run partnership between Matt Horne and Mark Richardson in December 2001. The milestones continued as Latham crossed 3000 runs in his Test career before registering a half-century.

The Bangladesh pacers lacked the discipline to keep the New Zealand openers in check, bowling a few loose deliveries which were duly put away. There were a couple of shots from Latham that he played aerially but managed to evade the fielders. Raval, meanwhile, was comfortably getting on top of the bounce for a couple of well-timed boundaries behind square on the off side.

The openers extended their partnership past 150 and also took their overall partnership aggregate past 1000, becoming the fourth New Zealand pair to do so. Raval, who entered the 90s for the first time in his Test career, was tested by a barrage of bouncers by the Bangladesh pacers but he was up to the task as he reached his first Test ton with two successive fours off Ebadat Hossain, crossing 1000 Test runs in the process. With a six off Mehidy Hasan in the final over before Lunch, Raval stamped his authority as New Zealand entered the break in a commanding position.

Brief scores: Bangladesh 234 lead New Zealand 197/0 (Jeet Raval 109*, Tom Latham 83*) by 37 runs.

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