Pakistan vs New Zealand 2nd Test Day 1: Latham’s century gives New Zealand upper hand

Latham celebrates after scoring his second Test century

Latham celebrates after scoring his second Test century

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New Zealand opener Tom Latham scored an unbeaten 137 to give his side the upper hand against Pakistan on the first day of the second Test in Dubai.

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum would have been pleased with his decision to bat first after he and Latham amassed a 77-run partnership before he was caught by Shan Masood at deep midwicket off the bowling of Ehsan Adil for 43.

McCullum hit four boundaries and two sixes during his solid knock of 43

McCullum hit four boundaries and two sixes during his solid knock of 43

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Latham and Kane Williamson kept the runs flowing with a 76-run partnership, during which Latham brought up his half-century, before Williamson was clean bowled by Zulfiqar Babar for 32.

Latham and Ross Taylor continued to take the attack to Pakistan as they put together a 76-run partnership, during which Latham registered his second Test century, before Taylor was caught by Masood at silly point off the bowling of Yasir Shah for 23.

Towards the end of the day, Latham and Corey Anderson managed to accumulate a 17-run partnership before stumps was called.

Latham finished on 137 off 258 balls, which included 11 boundaries and a six, while Anderson remained undefeated on seven off 38 deliveries, which included one boundary.

Adil, Babar and Shah picked up one wicket apiece.

New Zealand ended day one on 243/3 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 06:00 GMT.

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