Tom Latham’s career best 137 helps New Zealand outclass Bangladesh by 77 runs at Christchurch

Opener Tom Latham smashed his career best 137 as New Zealand thrashed Bangladesh by 77 runs in the opening ODI of the three-match series at Hagley Oval on Monday.

The 24-year-old left-hander struck seven fours and four massive sixes in his stay of 121 balls as Kiwis finished their innings at the score of 341 for seven after captain Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bat first. Explosive left-hander Collin Munro scored a breathtaking cameo of 87 off just 63 balls with the help of eight fours and four sixes, as Black Caps scored 173 runs in the last 20 overs of the innings.

For Bangladesh, all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan picked up three, whereas pacers Mustafizur Rehman and Taskin Ahmed picked two wickets each.In reply, visitors had a horrid start as they lost their first three wickets at the score of just 48 runs inside first 12 overs.Experienced Mahmudullah put up some resistance with the innings highest score of 59 runs, which he scored off 54 balls with the help off five fours and two sixes.

He was well supported by wicketkeeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim, who was retired hurt after scoring 42, and Mosaddek Hossain, who finished with the score of 50 not-out, as Mashrafe Mortaza’s men finished with the score 264 in the 45th over.All-rounder Jimmy Neesham and right-arm young pacer Lockie Ferguson picked three, whereas veteran pacer Tim Southee claimed two wickets.

For his stunning fifth ODI century, Latham was awarded man of the match.

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