Black Caps in driv­ing seat

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE -

TOM LATHAM’S cen­tury and 91 from Kane Wil­liamson put New Zealand firmly in the driv­ing seat with a 151-run lead over Zim­babwe on the sec­ond day of the first Test yes­ter­day.

New Zealand closed on 315 for four in re­ply to Zim­babwe’s first-in­nings 164. Ross Tay­lor (38) and night­watch­man Ish Sodhi (5) were not out at the close.

Latham reached his fourth Test cen­tury soon af­ter tea be­fore be­ing caught by stand-in wick­et­keeper Brian Chairi off the part-time bowl­ing of veteran Hamil­ton Masakadza for 105 from 209 balls.

Latham and Wil­liamson com­piled a sec­ond-wicket part­ner­ship of 156. Wil­liamson fell nine runs short of his cen­tury af­ter a sharp catch at slip by Masakadza off the legspin bowl­ing of home skip­per Graeme Cre­mer.

The New Zealand cap­tain had ben­e­fited from a con­tentious de­ci­sion from the tele­vi­sion um­pire when he looked to have been caught at first slip by Sikan­dar Raza off Cre­mer when he was on 72.

Wil­liamson asked Raza to con­firm he had taken the catch and de­spite a pos­i­tive re­sponse he spoke to the um­pires who opted to get tele­vi­sion ev­i­dence which could not prove the dis­missal. Opener Martin Gup­till was dis­missed in the first ses­sion for 40, was caught in the gully to hand debu­tant Chamu Chib­habha a first test wicket.

Henry Ni­cholls was the fourth wicket to fall, caught be­hind by Chairi from a full de­liv­ery by Don­ald Tiri­pano. – Reuters

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.