New Zealand vice-captain Tom Latham plucked a one-handed blinder to dismiss Indian opener, Prithvi Shaw. Kyle Jamieson drew Shaw into a drive and the prodigy batter took the bait as he decided to drive ferociously. As Shaw had flashed hard at the ball, it was going well over the head of the second slip. Tom Latham jumped and took a staggering catch with his left hand.
Thus, Latham’s brilliance put paid to Shaw’s knock of 54 runs. The Indian opener played his natural game and raced to 54 runs off just 64 balls with the help of eight fours and one six. Meanwhile, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and decided to bowl first in the second Test match.
It was a blinder from Latham.
The hosts got off to a good start as they got rid of Mayank Agarwal early. Trent Boult swung the ball back into the right-hander and the Indian opener was plumbed in front. Agarwal decided to send the decision upstairs for the review but it went in vain.
Subsequently, New Zealand got the big wicket of Indian captain Virat Kohli. Tim Southee was introduced into the attack and the veteran pacer had his plan against Kohli. Southee was successful in setting up Kohli as he bowled outside the off-stump channel. Kohli initially showed good temperament as he left the ball with guile but he could not gauge the one which came back into him.
The Indian skipper decided to go for the review but it was dead. Furthermore, Ajinkya Rahane was also dismissed by Tim Southee as the Indian vice-captain was looking to drive but got a big outside edge to first slip, Ross Taylor.
Hanuma Vihari had the rub on his side as he was dropped by BJ Watling. Meanwhile, Cheteshwar Pujara has looked solid and he has completed his 25th half-century.
Here is the brilliant catch: