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Cricket news - Latham-Raval record stand leaves Bangladesh gasping on second day

Following a record opening stand of 254 runs, Bangladesh managed to pick up a few wickets.

Jeet Raval's maiden Test ton and Tom Latham's fourth 150-plus score set the platform for New Zealand's massive lead on Day 2 of the first Test in Hamilton on Friday (March 1), with Kane Williamson adding to Bangladesh's agony with an unbeaten 93. Following a record opening stand of 254 runs, Bangladesh managed to pick up a few wickets but things didn't become any easier for the visitors as Williamson collaborated with Henry Nicholls for a 100-run stand to help New Zealand to 451 for 4 at Stumps. As many as 365 runs were scored in the day, with the first session yielding 111 runs, 129 being scored in the second, and New Zealand managing 125 in the third to stretch the lead to 217.

The Bangladesh pacers lacked the discipline in the first session 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 he managed to evade the fielders. Raval, meanwhile, was comfortably getting on top of the bounce as he found the fence behind square on the off side on a few occasions.

In the process, Raval and Latham 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 while Raval got to his first Test hundred and also crossed 1000 runs in the process.

With the partnership growing from strength to strength post lunch, Raval and Latham became the fifth New Zealand pair to register a double-century stand for the first wicket, and the first since 2003. The Bangladesh pacemen tried to use the short-ball tactics but to no avail as Latham and Raval handled it comfortably, with the former taking on a bouncer from Abu Jayed to reach his ninth Test hundred with a boundary.

Raval and Latham took their partnership past the 250-run mark, having earlier surpassed Mark Richardson and Lou Vincent's 231-run stand against India to occupy the third position on the list of best opening stands for New Zealand. They looked set for a lot more but Raval's attempted slog-sweep ended Bangladesh's long wait for a wicket, with skipper Mahmudullah turning out to be the partnership breaker. The respite, though, was short-lived as Williamson joined forces with Latham in a quick-fire stand to power New Zealand past 300.

With the second new ball in hand, Bangladesh struck in the final session through Soumya Sarkar, who got Latham to edge one to second slip where Mohammad Mithun took a good diving catch, which ended a 79-run partnership. Sarkar also accounted for Ross Taylor, trapping him in front, but New Zealand's lead continued to swell with Williamson bringing up a 66-ball fifty. With Nicholls also getting off to a positive start, the hosts had a run-rate of four an over when the fourth wicket pair raised a half-century stand to power New Zealand past 400.

There was some turn for Mehidy Hasan towards the end of the final session and he managed to keep Nicholls quiet but Williamson kept the runs coming with a couple of boundaries off Sarkar, although the medium pacer got a few to jag back in. Mehidy also found the outside edge of Williamson's bat only for Sarkar to react slightly late to the ball at slip. Nicholls went on to bring up his ninth Test fifty with a boundary off Sarkar before being bowled by Mehidy shouldering arms. Willamson, along with nightwatchman Neil Wagner, saw New Zealand through to the end of the day's play with the captain approaching his 20th Test ton.

Brief scores: Bangladesh 234 trail New Zealand 451/4 (Tom Latham 161, Jeet Raval 132, Kane Williamson 93*; Soumya Sarkar 2-57) by 217 runs.

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