BAN VS NZ 1ST ODI: Powered by Latham and Munro New Zealand post humongous total For Bangladesh. It was the boxing day ODI match. New Zealand’s total on Boxing Day was their highest against Bangladesh. Latham scored his 2nd hundred with a mighty pull. He timed the ball well throughout his innings.
Hagley oval had provided a pitch with true pace and bounce. Kane Williamson won the toss and chose to put runs on the board. Mustafizur in his 1st international match since July. New Zealand were 158 for 4 in 29th over and their middle order was exposed. Munro walked in, struck the fifth ball he faced for six, and backed it up with a rasping cover drive off Shakib. This display meant Latham was able to concentrate on runs rather than worrying about what would happen if he, the set batsman, fell. They lifted the score by 70 between the 30th and 40th overs, setting an excellent platform for the final 10. After Latham reached his hundred – on his home ground, watched by his father Rod in the stands – Munro moved to his third fifty. Bangladesh conceded 103 runs in the last ten overs. Mustafizur, who finished with two wickets, was returning from shoulder surgery on his bowling arm.
342 was always a very challenging score to chase down and regular wickets up front never helped the tourists. Despite the fight shown by Shakib and Rahim, it was always a matter of one wicket, which eventually turned out to be true. Shakib got a quickfire fifty and Rahim batted well for his 42 to delay the inevitable. New Zealand won by 77 runs. Tom Latham 137 runs of 121 balls and Munro scored 87 of just 61 balls