New Zealand has strengthened its position in the second Test match of the series against England with the help of Tom Latham’s century. The first day’s play could not be completed due to rain.
With the help of Tom Latham’s unbeaten century and century partnership with Ross Taylor, New Zealand made a solid start to the game on the first day of the second cricket Test against England until the game was halted due to rain. Letham was playing for 101 when the rain came after the tea break.
This was his 11th-century innings. Now he has come in sixth place in the list of batsmen who have scored the most centuries for New Zealand. Kane Williamson topped it with 20 centuries. Williamson was dismissed for four while Jeet Rawal was able to score only five runs.
After losing two wickets for 39 runs, Latham and Taylor added 116 runs for the third wicket. Taylor was dismissed for 53 when New Zealand were 155 for three. All three catches were caught by England captain Joe Root in the first slip.
Latham hit 15 fours in his 164-ball innings while Taylor completed a 100-ball half-century with the help of eight fours. Ben Stokes dropped Latham’s catch in the second slip when he was playing for 66.
Stokes had a pain in his left knee after putting two overs and now it remains to be seen whether he will be able to bowl further. Earlier, Joe Root won the toss and sent New Zealand to bat.