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Centuries to Tom Latham and Jeet Raval, and the best opening partnership for New Zealand in nearly half-a-century left Bangladesh on the ropes on day two of the first Test on Friday. - A home for your website

Kane Williamson, unbeaten on 93, added to the run-fest at Hamilton’s Seddon Park in a century stand for the fourth wicket with Henry Nicholls.

At stumps, New Zealand were 451 for four, leading by 217 with six wickets in hand.

Latham made 161, Raval notched his maiden century with 132, while Nicholls departed two overs before stumps for 53.

With the assistance of a flat track, Latham and Raval put on 254 for the first wicket -- the third-highest opening partnership by a New Zealand pair and their best since the record 387 set by Glenn Turner and Terry Jarvis against the West Indies 47 years ago.