Tom Latham equals Brendon McCullum’s record for New Zealand in the World Cup

New Zealand batsman Tom Latham joined iconic Brendon McCullum for the highest number of fifties as a wicketkeeper for the Kiwis in the World Cup. Latham’s measured knock was instrumental in taking New Zealand’s score to 288-6 during their clash against Afghanistan at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. Latham hit 68 off 74 balls to push the Kiwis to a competitive total. It was the third time in his career that he scored more than 50 in the World Cup for New Zealand.

Before Latham’s game-changing knock, McCullum held the record for most 50-plus scores (3) for the Blackcaps in the World Cup as a wicketkeeper. Lee Germon with a single 50-plus score is also part of this club.

New Zealand defeated Afghanistan by 149 runs to continue their winning run in the World Cup. After making a challenging total, the Kiwis made no mistake in defending the 288-run target.

All-rounder Mitchell Santner reacts to reaching a rare milestone in ODIs

New Zealand all-rounder Mitchell Santner expressed his delight after becoming only the second Kiwi spinner to reach 100 ODI scalps after their win over Afghanistan

Santner claimed three wickets, making him just the second Black Caps spinner to reach 100 ODI dismissals, following in the footsteps of iconic spinner Daniel Vettori.

“Obviously it’s nice to reach that milestone. I guess I didn’t think too much about it leading into the game, it’s just about trying to do my part and do a job out there like any other game. I think I’m 200-odd wickets behind him, so it’s going to be a tough challenge to get there, Santner said in the post-match conference.

Santner’s (11) excellent start on the Indian pitches not only sees him top the overall wicket-taking charts, he now has almost twice as many as the second-highest spinner on the list – Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan (6).

But the 31-year-old says the secret to his success has been derived more from the pressure built by his side’s opening bowlers – Trent Boult and Matt Henry.

“Obviously it’s nice to come here and see the ball spin a bit, you don’t really get those (wickets) in New Zealand. I think as a whole we’ve bowled in partnerships, that’s what we’re talking about. The boys up front in today, Boult and Matt Henry did an outstanding job of getting the run-rate up and then it gives them a little bit of desire to play bigger shots in the middle (overs),” Santner said.

“I think as a partnership, as a unit, we’ve bowled pretty well and I was lucky to play in today for a couple of overs. But I think the way the seam has set it up, was huge for us,” Santner added.

Santner was on a ground that is quite familiar to him as he plays for the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings.

“I think when we come up here for the IPL, we’ve played on wickets that look like that. Today it seemed to swing a little bit and actually spin a little bit more under lights, which on in a way it helped that we lost the toss and batted first,” noted Santner.

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