Apr 172013

Brendan Taylor guided Zimbabwe to a solid position at stumps on day one of the first Test against Bangladesh on Wednesday.

The Zimbabwe captain hit an unbeaten 105 off 211 deliveries as the hosts reached 4-217 at the close of play at Harare Sports Club.

Taylor, who notched his third Test century, was joined by Malcolm Waller (55), with the pair combining for a 127-run fourth-wicket stand.

Robiul Islam was the pick of the Bangladeshi bowlers with figures of 2-56, which included the wickets of openers Timycen Maruma (10) and Vusi Sibanda (five).

Bangladesh had won the toss and elected to field, a decision that reaped instant rewards.

Sibanda was the first to depart, lasting just 21 balls before he was clean-bowled by an Islam yorker in the ninth over.

The tourists earned their next scalp in the 15th over, with Maruma dismissed lbw by a fine Islam delivery.

Zimbabwe began to find their feet and offered some resistance through Hamilton Masakadza and Taylor, who helped the African nation to 2-50 at lunch.

Masakadza added five runs after the break before he was dismissed for 25 off the bowling of Enamul Haque Jnr (1-76).

Taylor and Waller took over from that point, steadying the innings as Zimbabwe passed the 150-run mark.

Bangladesh opted to take the new ball and it paid immediate dividends with Waller sent packing by Rubel Hossain (1-42), the final wicket to fall on Wednesday.

First Posted 18 April, 2013 10:32AM AEDT

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