Tom Latham was closing in on a double century as New Zealand reached 349 for one at stumps to defy Hagley Oval's grim reputation for batters on the first day of the second Test against Bangladesh in Christchurch on Sunday.
Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo, during a pre-match press conference on Saturday, categorically said that whoever won the toss in the second Test in Christchurch Oval would have no hesitation in opting to bowl first.
Despite Bangladesh having managed to get off the mark by dismissing opener Will Young, things are looking ominous for the Tigers as New Zealand are already approaching a big first innings total on the first day of the Christchurch Test.
New Zealand are determined to stamp their authority for the first time in this Test series as the hosts have piled up an impressive 144 without loss in 36 overs on the first day of the Christchurch Test today.
Ross Taylor saluted Bangladesh for their triumph in the first Test but warned Friday that a green Christchurch wicket was much more in New Zealand's favour as he looks to bow out of Test cricket with a bang.