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Cricket: New Zealand take charge in first Test against Zimbabwe

by Mehluli Sibanda
30 Jul 2016 at 23:26hrs | Views
Zimbabwe 164 all out 77.5 overs (Tiripano 49*, Masvaure 42, Wagner 6/41)

New Zealand 315-4 100 overs (Latham 105, Williamson 91, Chibhabha 1/22, Masakadza 1/25)

New Zealand lead by 151 runs with six first innings wickets remaining

A flawless hundred by opening batsman Thomas Latham and a near century from skipper Kane Williamson gave New Zealand in charge over Zimbabwe on the second day the first cricket Test at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.

Latham scored 105 runs, his fourth Test century from 210 deliveries in 301 minutes he spent in the middle during which he struck 12 fours, put on 156 for the second wicket with Williamson who fell for 91 runs off 179 balls, an innings made up of nine fours in 241 minutes at the crease as New Zealand compiled 315 for the loss of four wickets in 100 overs in their first innings. That put the tourists 151 runs ahead after they swept away Zimbabwe for 164 in their first innings.

In what was an amazing accomplishment, Tom followed in his father Rodney's footsteps who also scored a century in a Test in the City of Kings, Latham senior managing 119 runs against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo Athletic Club in November 1992 in a drawn match when his son was seven months old.

On a day of hard work on the field for the Zimbabwean fielders, their bowlers only managed four wickets in the 90 overs bowled on the second day in which New Zealand scored 283 runs.

Another tough time awaits the Zimbabwean bowlers when the match heads into its third day with the Kiwis looking to extend their lead while for the home side it will be a matter of limiting the damage and hope for a better second innings.

Source - Sunday News