Tom Latham after match-turning knock: ‘You dream about these things’

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The New Zealand captain’s 110 took his side to an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series

The second ODI against Bangladesh was the third occasion when Tom Latham scored an unbeaten century in a successful ODI chase for New Zealand. This time there was a slight difference. Latham had to drag his side out of trouble against Bangladesh, but doing it at his home ground – Hagley Park – was, according to Latham, a fine experience.

Latham made an unbeaten 110 to lead his side to a 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series. From 55 for 3 in the chase however, the visitors looked in control. Then Latham added 113 for the fourth wicket with Devon Conway, another 76 for the fifth wicket with Jimmy Neesham and a further 33 for the unbroken sixth wicket with Daryl Mitchell to see the hosts home.

Latham said that chasing 271 in the first men’s day-night game at this venue was attainable as long as they forged these useful partnerships. “You dream about those things when you are playing for your country, in front of your home crowd,” Latham said. “We haven’t played a lot of matches here under lights but it was very satisfying to win the game. As a middle-order batsman, I have to be adaptable to every situation. It was about trying to build partnerships today.

“Once Dev [Conway] got out, I tried to be there till the end. It was important to be there at the end, and build those partnerships. I thought Neesham and Daryl played outstanding knocks. They may not be massive partnerships, but they are significant contributions throughout the innings.”

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