Tom Latham Proud of NZ Revival Despite Loss
Tom Latham had last played a T20I in November 2017, before the Bangladesh tour. Latham’s last T20 match was on January 19, 2019, when he scored 110 runs off 60 balls for Canterbury against Central Districts in the Super Smash.
On the Eve Series
Latham couldn’t recall his most recent T20 appearance but guessed it was in 2019. Two years later, amid a pandemic, Latham is captaining an under-strength New Zealand touring side, which lost the first T20I to 60. In the second game, Latham did what regular captain Kane Williamson does so well for New Zealand: he kept the ship steady.
After opener Rachin Ravindra swung so hard at a Shakib Al Hasan dart that he lost his shape and was bowled for 10 off nine balls, Latham was promoted to No. 3 and came out to bat in a tough chase of 142. In the first T20I, Ravindra had rushed into a leg-side clip and offered a simple return catch, falling for a duck on debut. The entire New Zealand batting lineup rushed into things and unraveled spectacularly.
Latham demonstrated to his teammates how to bat in difficult Dhaka conditions in a calm, unhurried manner. With New Zealand needing 19, it came down to Mustafizur vs Latham in the final over. Mustafizur missed his length and sent a beamer fifth ball, which Latham flapped away to the fine-leg boundary to reduce the score to six off the last ball after he rolled out one cutter after another.
For the final pitch,
Mustafizur dropped the cutter and thumped out a hard-length on-pace delivery, limiting Latham to a single. Nonetheless, Latham was particularly pleased with how New Zealand went deep into the game and challenged Bangladesh after they had earlier in the week folded for their joint-lowest T20I total.
At the post-match presentation, Latham told the host broadcaster, “Obviously, it was a great game and [good] to take it down to the last over, considering how things went in the first game.” “For us, it’s about trying to learn from what we did in the first game, which I thought we did well, especially with the bat, where we were able to build partnerships and take it down to the last over with a chance to win was outstanding.” We weren’t quite as good with the ball today, but I believe we bowled exceptionally well up top.