Black Caps vs Bangladesh: Captain fantastic Tom Latham guides New Zealand to ODI series win

Born-and-bred Cantabrian Tom Latham would have dreamed about this kind of moment growing up.
Latham delivered the ultimate captain's knock in the first men's day-night ODI at his Hagley Oval home, leading the Black Caps to a five wicket win on Tuesday with 10 balls left.

Victory also gave New Zealand an unassailable 2-0 lead, clinching the ODI series with a game to play - at Wellington's Basin Reserve on Friday.

Deputising as captain for the injured Kane Williamson (elbow) in this series, Latham manufactured one of his trademark gritty innings, steering New Zealand out of a precarious position at 53-3 when he strode to the wicket in the 11th over.


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Latham brought up his fifth ODI century, his second against Bangladesh at Hagley, with a boundary behind deep backward square leg and fine leg with 19 required from 23 balls. He finished 110 not out from 108 balls.

Christchurch lad Latham, the son of former New Zealand allrounder Rod Latham, will long remember this knock, guiding his side home with a gutsy, crafty, patient innings.

Latham and fellow left-hander Devon Conway combined for a crucial 113-run stand after New Zealand had been in early bother. Just as it looked like they were taking the match away from Bangladesh, captain Tamim produced a sharp direct hit to leave Conway well short.

Four weeks after a stellar 99 not out in the opening T20 against Australia at Hagley, Conway was again mightily impressive at the boutique venue until he fell to a moment of brilliance.

In his second ODI, South African-born Conway's class was evident for all to see, laying the platform alongside Latham. He nudged the ball around and took advantage of any poor deliveries. Conway went for 72 from 93 balls with a further 106 required.

Bangladesh squandered an opportunity not long after with wicketkeeper Mushfique Rahim dropping a sitter with Jimmy Neesham on three. Latham, set on 58, was then put down by Mahedi Hasan off his own bowling.

He made them pay, getting his side home safely. Neesham (30 off 34 balls) also made an important late contribution.

Bangladesh were making an emotional return to Hagley, where they were supposed to play New Zealand in the final test of their 2019 tour.

The match was promptly abandoned though after 17 Bangladesh players and support staff narrowly avoided being in the Al Noor Mosque during the Christchurch shootings the day before the match was supposed to start. A late-running one-on-one football match caused the Bangladesh contingent to arrive later than they should have.

Set 272 to clinch the three-match ODI series with a game to play, New Zealand were in early trouble in reply. Winless in New Zealand 27 times across all three forms, Bangladesh would have sensed the opportunity to create history and cause an upset win.

Two quick wickets from offspinner Mahedi saw the hosts slump to 53-3 in the 11th over. Henry Nicholls and Will Young were both bowled by the man talked up by spin bowling coach and former Black Caps great Daniel Vettori prior to the series, putting Bangladesh on top.

Bangladesh had to strike early against a deep New Zealand batting lineup, missing experienced injured duo, captain Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor, and they did just that.

Conway in his second ODI and Latham were tasked with rebuilding the innings and the left-handed duo brought up their 50-run partnership from 72 balls.

At the 25-over stage, New Zealand still had significant work to do at 107-3, requiring a further 165 runs. With two batsmen set and wickets in hand, they had given themselves a decent chance, needing 6.60 per over.

Latham had a life shortly after producing a poor shot, skying one up off Mahedi, which fell safely from the incoming fielders a turning point in the match. Conway reverse swept the spinner for four the next delivery.

New Zealand had to overcome Kyle Jamieson being denied a controversial caught and bowled earlier in the day when Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal was on 34.

Jamieson looked to have pulled in a brilliant return catch, diving low in his follow through to snaffle the ball. The on-field soft signal was out, but third umpire Wayne Knights ruled Jamieson did not have full control of the ball as he hit the ground. Tamim went on to score a team-best 78.

It was a vastly improved batting performance from Bangladesh after being skittled for just 131 in Saturdays opening ODI.

After again being asked to bat first by New Zealand captain Tom Latham, Bangladesh would have been pleased to post a competitive 271-6, putting them firmly in the game.

Anchored by 78 by Tamim and an ODI career-best from Mohammad Mithun, who hit an unbeaten 73 from 57 balls, the Tigers displayed plenty of fight after folding with the bat in Dunedin.

Mithun, batting at five, provided the solid foundation opener Iqbal had built with Mushfiqur Rahim (34) and Soumya Sarkar (32) also batting around them.

With wickets in hand, Bangladesh were able to score freely in the final 10 overs adding 88 runs for the loss of just two wickets after they had been 183-3 at the 40-over mark.

New Zealand, who were so clinical with the ball in Dunedin, struggled for the same consistency and accuracy, with Bangladesh showing plenty of grit.

Bangladesh were right in the contest when Young went cheaply for one. They were their own worst enemy, dropping crucial chances with the match firmly in the balance.

AT A GLANCE:

Bangladesh 271-6 from 50 overs (Tamim Iqbal 78, Mohammad Mithun 73no, Mushfiqur Rahim 34, Soumya Sarkar 32; Mitchell Santner 2-51) lost to New Zealand 275-5 in 48.2 overs (Tom Latham 110no, Devon Conway 72, Jimmy Neesham 30; Mahedi Hasan 2-42, Mustafizur Rahman 2-62) by five wickets.

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