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Tom Latham (right) batted at the fifth spot in this tie PTI

New Zealand batsman Tom Latham scored a prolific century on Thursday in the second and final warm-up tie against Board President’s XI at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. Latham struck 108 off 97 deliveries, including seven boundaries and a couple of sixes, along with a strike rate of 111. However, post the match, he said that it was all due to New Zealand’s hard work and relying on video footage to learn how the Indian spinners bowl. Latham batted at the fifth spot in this tie as he said it was a mental shift to bat down the order, while he usually opens for New Zealand. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs New Zealand 2017-18, 1st ODI at Mumbai

“Our focus is big on spin here. We are focussing on facing more spin than seam here and finding ways to score, to hit gaps and find boundaries. That’s probably the biggest thing coming over here. Playing against a couple of left-armers and the leggie [Karn Sharma] today was an ideal preparation. Whatever we need we can get, stuff from the footage and that sort of things. We obviously know that they [Kuldeep and Chahal] are quality bowlers and they have done really well in the previous series,” said Latham, as reported by PTI. New Zealand beat Indian Board President’s XI by 33 runs

Speaking on batting at the fifth spot, he said, “It is probably a more of a mental shift than technical. I guess it is about sticking to your game plan. The ball is not as quite as new but, on the other hand, there are more gaps and I guess it is more tactical and mental switch as against anything else,” said Latham, who hit a half-century in the first practice game.”

“Yeah it is obviously a little bit of change from the last couple of years but that is something we have discussed about. It was nice to have spent some time in the middle and get familiar with the role today. Having Colin Munro at the top can be very destructive and if he and Martin Guptill can get going, they can be unstoppable,” he added.