Tom Latham leads New Zealand fightback
jamuna sports desk: Tom Latham's sixth test century was pushing New Zealand towards a solid position against Bangladesh at stumps on the third day of their first test at the Basin Reserve today.
In the day, Tom Latham became only the second New Zealand opener to make a century at the Basin Reserve since 1931. His 119 slashed the deficit down to 305.
Responding to Bangladesh's first innings 595 for eight declared - the sixth highest total put up against New Zealand - New Zealand were 292 for three at stumps, with Latham on 119 and Henry Nicholls on 35. Play ended three overs short on another elongated day to make up lost time from the first day.
Only John Wright (12) and Glenn Turner (seven) have scored more test tons among New Zealand openers than Latham.
Latham has always been strong on the cut and the flick - 83 of his runs came behind the wicket.
Bangladesh began the day on 542 for 7, batting through the first hour when they could easily have cracked on and bowled.
Taskin Ahmed picked up a wicket in his first over but he had a catch dropped in the slips.
Bangladesh removed opener Jeet Raval for 27, captain Kane Williamson for 53 - a maiden wicket for debutant Taskin Ahmed - and senior batsman Ross Taylor, who pulled a short ball straight to mid wicket on 40.
Bangladesh will start tomorrow with a lead of 303 but the pitch isn't offering much help for the bowlers and a draw is shaping as the most likely result.
Kamrul Islam has taken two for 53 and Taskin one for 79.