LIVE Cricket Score, New Zealand vs Bangladesh, 2nd Test Day 2 at Hagley Oval – Firstcricket News, Firstpost
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Day 2, Lunch report: Devon Conway completed a century from the first ball of the day and Tom Latham reached his second double century as New Zealand continued its relentless accumulation of runs Monday on the second day of the second Test against Bangladesh.
New Zealand went to lunch at 423-5 with Latham 215 not out.
Conway was left 99 not out at stumps on day one and said he expected to need a sleeping pill to get some rest. He wasted no time in completing unfinished business Monday, taking a single from the first ball from Ebadot Hossain to post his third century to go along with two half centuries in only five Tests.
The South Africa-born left-hander, who scored a century in the first innings of the first Test, now has 623 runs in nine Test innings at an average of 69.22.
Conway seemed in full flight when, on 109, he was run out when Latham pursued a short single and Mehidy Hasan had a direct hit at the non-striker’s end.
His dismissal brought to the crease Ross Taylor for what is likely to be his last Test innings. The 37-year-old cricket great will retire from Tests after this match in which he equaled Daniel Vettori’s record of 112 Test matches for New Zealand.
Given the strong position New Zealand is in, there is only a slim chance Taylor will bat again in the match.
He came to the crease amid loud applause, including from the fielding team, and left after making 28 to a similar ovation. The next New Zealand batter, Henry Nicholls, waited in the dressing room to allow him to make his final walk alone.
Taylor has been a member of the New Zealand Test team for almost 15 years and his performances stand among the greatest by any New Zealand player.
If he doesn’t bat again in this match, Taylor will finish with 7,683 Test runs, more than any other New Zealander, though that record will likely fall in the future to Kane Williamson (7,272).
Taylor has 19 Test centuries, second only to Williamson (24), and is the only New Zealander to have played 100 matches in all three international formats.
His highest score and most memorable innings was his 290 against Australia at Perth in 2015 when he batted for almost 10 hours against one of the world’s best attacks.
New Zealand also lost Nicholls (0) and Daryl Mitchell (3) before lunch, both caught behind.
Bangladesh won the first match in a two-Test series by eight wickets.
With AP inputs
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