Tom Latham scored his sixth Test ton    Getty Images
Tom Latham scored his sixth Test ton Getty Images

Batsmen continued to dominate at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on the third day of the opening Test. New Zealand were led by Tom Latham, Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson who showed belligerence against an inexperienced bowling unit of Bangladesh. The visitors, were in a way served their own dish as after they declared at 595 for 8 in their first innings. Latham anchored the hosts innings through the day to tilt the match in balance. Bangladesh, heading into Day Four, were still 303 runs ahead of New Zealand who were 292 for 3 at stumps.

Taylor, who had near perfect second session, could not make much of the start. Kamrul Islam Rabbi used the short-ball ploy that resulted in Taylor miss-timing a pull, playing it straight into the hands of Mahmudullah stationed at square leg. It was the only mistimed shot off Taylor s bat during his 40 off 51-ball stay. Henry Nicholls came out in the middle to partner the ever-sturdy Tom Latham. Latham continued his march towards a hundred. On the flip side, Nicholls used his reach to a good use against Mehedi Hasan. Taskin was unlucky not get the wicket of Nicholls, who top edged a hook short which fell just inches away from Shakib.

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Speaking of Shakib, he has been completely unused by Bangladesh after the hammering he received by Taylor.

The Decision Review System (DRS) was used for the first time in the day after Nicholls got hit on the pads. Replays suggested that the ball struck just outside the line of the stumps much to the upsetting of Bangladeshi players.

Nicholls continued exhausting his luck as wind came to his rescue. He lobbed a top edge off Mehedi, which was swirled away from the fielder by strong winds.

Latham, with a single towards the deep point, brought up the 50-run stand between himself and Nicholls. Shortly Latham brought up his sixth Test century off 167 balls that saw 12 boundaries in it.

During his stay in the middle, Latham has featured in all of the 50-run stands in this New Zealand innings. Latham is also the fourth New Zealand batsman to score a hundred as an opener at Basin Reserve after 1930; first was Stewie Dempster who scored 136 England.

Both Nicholls (35*) and Latham (119*) played out a windy and rainy finally half and hour of play without much fuzz to chief New Zealand to safety, at 292 for 3 with Bangladesh still 303 runs ahead. Rains and bad light meant the game had to called off 15 minutes early before the scheduled close of play.

Brief scores:

Bangladesh 595 for 8 decl. (Mominul Haque 64, Shakib Al Hasan 217, Mushfiqur Rahim 159; Neil Wagner 4 for 151 ) lead New Zealand 292 for 3 ( Kane Williamson 53, Tom Latham 119*; Kamrul Rabbi 2 for 53) by 303 runs.