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01-Mar-2019 06:00:00 GMT
NZ v Ban - 1st Test, Hamilton, day 2

Batsmen dominate as New Zealand stretch lead

Hamilton: Opener Jeet Raval struck his maiden test century, while Tom Latham posted his third 150-plus score in three matches as New Zealand seized total control of the first test against Bangladesh in Hamilton on Friday.

The hosts were 451-4 at stumps on the second day at Seddon Park with captain Kane Williamson on 93 and nightwatchman Neil Wagner one not out, having built an imposing 217-run first innings lead.

Bangladesh had been dismissed in the final session on Thursday for 234, with Tamim Iqbal scoring an aggressive 126. Wagner was the pick of New Zealand's bowlers with 5-47.

Raval and Latham had resumed on Friday on 86-0 and continued to grind down the Bangladeshi bowlers through the morning session.

The 30-year-old Raval, who had scored seven half-hundreds of years and started to confront inquiries concerning when he would pass three figures, addressed the skeptics with progressive limits off Ebadat Hossain around 15 minutes before lunch.

The lefthander watched the ball skim over the surface to the midwicket fence and broke into a little grin and raised his bat to the group and his colleagues.

Brief scores:
New Zealand 451 for 4 (Latham 161, Raval 132, Williamson 93*, Nicholls 53) lead Bangladesh 234 (Tamim 126, Wagner 5-47, Southee 3-76) by 217 runs

His kindred lefthander, who was dropped by Soumya Sarkar on nothing on Thursday, needed to hold up until after lunch to raise his ninth century when he top-edged down to fine leg for his twelfth limit.

It proceeded with a brilliant keep running of structure for the 25-year-old, who was rejected for 161 and has scored 611 keeps running in his four test innings at home this late spring at a normal of 203. He additionally had scores of 264 not out and 176 against Sri Lanka last December.

Raval and Latham put on 254 for the primary wicket, the third-most astounding opening association for New Zealand against any resistance.

Williamson raised his 30th test 50 years with a punch to profound point for a solitary in the last session and gave off an impression of being on course to join Raval and Latham with a century.

The astounding expulsion of Henry Nicholls, who did not play at an arm ball from Mehedy Hasan Miraz and was bowled for 53, in the blink of an eye before stumps, be that as it may, saw Williamson stay away from any hazard to push on yet looks well set for his twentieth century on Saturday.


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