Tom Latham world record
Lathan was unbeaten on 145, while Williamson accumulated 94 not-out. 

The match was in the balance when Latham joined Williamson with New Zealand at 88-3 in the 20th over in reply to India’s seemingly formidable 306-7. They stayed together for the remainder of the match and steered the Kiwis to victory at 309-3 with 17 balls remaining.

Lathan was unbeaten on 145, while Williamson accumulated 94 not-out. 

At first, Williamson was the senior partner, and Latham played a loyal support role. But nearing the 40th over, that hierarchy changed, and Latham sprinted ahead of his captain. He struck 23 runs from the 40th over bowled by Shardul Thakur to go from 77 to a century — his seventh in one-day internationals — from 76 balls.

Latham had taken his early runs from dabs behind square on both sides of the wicket, using the pace of the ball to reach the short boundaries at third man and fine leg. Suddenly, as if a switch had been thrown, he began to launch the slower bowlers through and over mid-wicket as his personal total and partnership with Williamson grew rapidly.

Williamson had been short of his best form at the T20 World Cup in Australia earlier this month and in the rain-affected Twenty20 series, which India recently won 1-0, though he made 61 of New Zealand’s 126 in the second match.

Williamson fought his way back to form Friday with fierce application, setting out from the start to give solidity to New Zealand’s stuttering innings. Latham’s arrival at the crease and his similar dedication seemed to energize Williamson, who was playing only his seventh one-day international since the final of the 2019 World Cup.

His innings included his 40th half-century in one-day internationals, and he passed 3,000 runs in ODIs in New Zealand.

Williamson and Latham are steeped in the mysteries of Eden Park, a specialist rugby ground that often confounds touring teams. In cricket mode, it offers an irregular oblong playing area with short boundaries at each end, long square boundaries and odd corners where extra runs often can be found. Latham used the quirks of the ground to full effect.

“I guess it was one of those days when everything comes off,” Latham said. “Coming in, we were still under a little bit of pressure, and I built the partnership with Kane and, in the end, had a little bit of fun without really trying to.

“It was nice to just put the ball in the gaps, run hard, and clear the boundary a few times. Sometimes the stars just align.”

Meanwhile, Tom broke Sikandar Raza’s world record in ODIs. 

Highest score by No.5 or lower batters in a successful ODI chase:

145* – Tom Latham v IND, today

135* – Sikandar Raza v BAN, 2022

127* – Michael Bracewell v IRE, 2022

124* – Eoin Morgan v IRE, 2013

124 – Ricardo Powell v IND, 1999

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