Latham wants New Zealand to put doubt in Bangladesh minds


Tom Latham is hopeful New Zealand can put a little bit of doubt in the minds of the Bangladesh batsmen as New Zealand seek an unlikely victory in the first Test.

Bangladesh reached 66-3 in their second innings at the close of play on day four at Basin Reserve, with Latham having earlier built on his overnight 119 to post his highest Test score of 177 in helping New Zealand to 539 all out in the first innings.

The tourists lead by 122 and a draw seems the most probable outcome in Wellington.

But, with Imrul Kayes retiring hurt on 24, New Zealand need just six wickets to be able attempt a run chase, and Latham is retaining belief they can take the lead in the two-match series.

"I wouldn't say you sense the panic [in the Bangladesh batsmen], but we've got three world-class seamers and a very good spinner," Latham said.

"If we can put the ball in good areas for long enough then hopefully we can create that doubt. If we can keep taking wickets in clumps and if they don't build any partnerships, that's the key for us.

"Possibly it might start going up and down and might start turning a little bit more. I still think it's a very good batting surface, though, and if we are chasing a score partnerships will be a key to winning.

"We like to play a winning brand of cricket and whatever the score is, hopefully it's a reasonable chase and we'll certainly be having a go at it. It's a massive day tomorrow [Monday] and that first hour is going to set the tone."