Tom Latham’s career-best helps New Zealand seal ODI series against Netherlands


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New Zealand captain stroked 140* earlier than bowlers rallied to bowl Netherlands out cheaply

New Zealand 264 for 9 (Latham 140*, van Beek 4-56, Klaassen 3-36) beat Netherlands 146 all out (de Leede 37, M Bracewell 3-13, Sodhi 2-17) by 118 runs

Tom Latham cracked a career-best 140*, producing a batting masterclass in a close to single-handed effort to take his aspect to 264 – and ultimately a cushty win – after they had been 32 for five at one stage. New Zealand collapsed from 22 with out loss to lose 5 for 10 inside six overs, as Netherlands sniffed a miracle just for the opposition captain to spoil their social gathering.
On a day when his team-mates ought to have reasonably given him a present, it was as a substitute birthday boy Latham himself who was pressured to do some favour to them. However his bowlers, led by allrounder Michael Bracewell, ensured that the overall was safely defended, with all six of them taking no less than a wicket every.
Netherlands’ reply began with each openers gone inside the primary two overs itself, after which Vikramjit Singh and Bas de Leede steadied the ship. The 77-run stand that adopted regarded like the one whereas throughout which the guests had been within the chase, because the pair stored discovering the fence with repeated boundaries.

Vikramjit hit seven in his knock of 31, displaying an array of pictures within the course of: from the punch to the pull, from the slice to the slash. However as soon as he deposited a Colin de Grandhomme full toss – a slower supply bowled at 98kph – to long-on, the wheels quickly began to return off for Netherlands.

What was 81 for two at one stage grew to become 138 for 9, with Michael Bracewell grabbing three of the wickets to fall, two of these with an offspinner’s dream deliveries. He looped one up huge exterior off to lure Pieter Seelaar to drive, because the Netherlands captain received ahead solely to see the ball flip again in sharply to hit off stump.

Michael Bracewell continued coping with flight, dip and switch when he had Michael Rippon stumped off an an identical supply, with Latham behind having on a regular basis on the earth to whip the bails off.

Nevertheless it was earlier within the day that Latham regularly dragged the sport away from the bowling aspect. Watching from the dressing room, he noticed Logan van Beek and Fred Klaassen rule with the ball after Netherlands had elected to bowl first on a brown-looking pitch.

Regardless of his aspect being in bother, Latham stored ticking the scoreboard by rotating the strike in addition to hanging the occasional boundary within the firm of de Grandhomme, who performed a extra sedate position. By the twenty third over, when the latter departed after a quick restoration for a 40-ball 16, Latham had already reached 37 off 42 balls, by no means permitting the Netherlands’ bowlers to capitalise on the momentum by being content material to only see them off and holding one find yourself.

He subsequent received an in a position companion in Michael’s cousin Doug Bracewell, who took after a quiet begin of 9 from 23 deliveries. When he fell for a more-than-handy 41 off 51 balls within the fortieth over, New Zealand nonetheless had solely 179 on the board with simply three wickets remaining.

However Latham was in no temper to surrender. After having added 90 with Doug Bracewell, he placed on 42 with Ish Sodhi, racing to his sixth ODI hundred on the best way, which got here from his a hundred and first supply. The final six overs yielded 61 for the hosts, with their captain urgent the accelerator by clobbering 5 sixes and a 4.

All these maximums went over the leg-side boundaries, with three of these – the place he fell on his again whereas smashing – a tribute to the fashionable professional Rishabh Pant‘s strategies: the one off van Beek within the forty eighth over noticed Latham step throughout to a large supply exterior off, and swipe him over deep sq. leg; and when Brandon Glover was referred to as upon to bowl the final over, Latham refused singles off the primary three deliveries earlier than ramping successive sixes previous the brief boundary over superb leg and jamming his bat down for 4 between brief third man and level.

Who knew what sort of day his thirtieth birthday would develop into?

Himanshu Agrawal is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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