After an agonisingly slow start on day one of the first Test against Bangladesh, Zimbabwe skipper Brendan Taylor’s gritty century made sure they reached 217 for four at stumps in Harare.
It was his third Test century, still 12 runs short of his top score, and he spent almost the entire day in the middle on a slow track, making sure his side stayed the course against the Tigers.
The hosts were put in to bat by Mushfiqur Rahim, and did not get off to a good start, losing openers Timycen Maruma and Vusi Sibanda early on. The former was out for 10 off 46 balls, trapped LBW by Robiul Islam, while Sibanda was bowled by the same man for five.
It was extremely slow going for the first half of the day, and the Zimbabweans had only made 50 runs by lunch for the loss of the two wickets. Taylor was already in the middle alongside veteran Hamilton Masakadza.
The afternoon session was slightly more fruitful, seeing 71 runs scored for the loss of Masakadza’s wicket. He used up 100 balls for his 25 runs, before falling to Enamul Haque Jr.
This left Taylor to continued with Malcolm Waller, and they put on a partnership of 127 in the next 42 overs. It was slow going, but Waller proved an able partner for his skipper, scoring 55 off 138 balls before being bowled by Rubel Hossain.
Taylor’s century came in the evening as he picked up the pace, scoring half his runs in the final session. He was the only batsman with a strike rate over 40, though he only struck five boundaries and one six on a tough day.
Zimbabwe: Timycen Maruma, Vusi Sibanda, Hamilton Masakadza, Brendan Taylor, Malcolm Waller, Richmond Mutumbami, Elton Chigumbura, Graeme Cremer, Keegan Meth, Shingi Masakadza, Kyle Jarvis.
Bangladesh: Shahriar Nafees, Jahurul Islam, Mohammad Ashraful, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Sohag Gazi, Enamul Haque, Rubel Hossain, Robiul Islam.