Tim Southee’s decision to bat first in the second Test was justified by Tom Latham and Devon Conway, who put on an unbroken 119-run partnership by Lunch on the first day.
With the exception of a few close shouts against each batter, Pakistan had little going their way the entire match. Hamza had another review go against him, this time against Conway, with the height denying Pakistan, while Latham, who was given out LBW on the field, was saved by an inside edge caught.
Fifties for both the New Zealand openers 👏#WTC23 | 📝 https://t.co/5TMMWQ0jQl pic.twitter.com/Voa6YFD9Xm
— ICC (@ICC) January 2, 2023
The openers will continue to strike hard as Pakistani pacers struggle to get the first wicket.
Latham reached his fifty first—his 24th in Tests—and Conway quickly followed with his sixth Test fifty, ensuring that New Zealand was in good shape at the end of the first session on day one.
New Zealand is touring Pakistan and today is the first day of the 2nd Test of the series which is currently at a 0-0 stage with the first Test resulted as “Drawn”