Apr 182013

Brendan Taylor’s career-best 171 propelled Zimbabwe to 389 all out in its first innings against Bangladesh on the second day of the opening test.

Bangladesh was 95-1 at stumps, 294 behind after Taylor’s big innings anchored Zimbabwe again at Harare Sports Club.

Zimbabwe’s captain added 66 to his overnight score before being the eighth wicket to fall. His score was the eighth highest test score by a Zimbabwean and the highest since Andy Flower’s 199 not out against South Africa in 2001.

Taylor hit eight fours and two sixes in his third test hundred and kept the home team going after it lost two wickets in the first five overs of the second day to be 238-6.

He shared two significant partnerships, a stand of 127 with Malcolm Waller (55) and then a partnership of 106 with Graeme Cremer to lift Zimbabwe after Bangladesh’s early breakthroughs on Thursday. Cremer helped boost Zimbabwe with his 42 from No. 8. Keegan Meth made 21 on debut and Shingirai Masakadza also added 21 as the Zimbabwean tail wagged.

Robiul Islam and Enamul Haque Jr. had three wickets each for Bangladesh, which then made a solid start to its first innings on a typically good batting strip in Harare.

Jahurul Islam hit seven fours in his unbeaten 38 and Mohammad Ashraful was 23 not out alongside him as Bangladesh lost just Nafees in its 25 overs before the end of play. Nafees spooned a catch to Timycen Maruma at point off Kyle Jarvis for Zimbabwe’s sole breakthrough.


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