Taylor’s double ton raises NZ victory hopes in rain-hit Test | Daily News

Taylor’s double ton raises NZ victory hopes in rain-hit Test

New Zealand's Ross Taylor plays a shot during day four of the second cricket Test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on March 11, 2019. AFP
New Zealand's Ross Taylor plays a shot during day four of the second cricket Test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on March 11, 2019. AFP

WELLINGTON: A double ton from Ross Taylor and three quick Bangladesh wickets put New Zealand in a prime position to pull off an exceptional victory in the rain-shortened second Test in Wellington on Monday.

At stumps on day four at Basin Reserve, where the first two days were washed out, Bangladesh were 80 for three, still 141 from making New Zealand bat again. Taylor, dropped twice on 20, proceeded to punish the Bangladesh attack with a rollicking 200 from 212 balls before New Zealand declared at 432 for six.

With 23 overs left in the day, Bangladesh had a disastrous start to their second innings when Tamim Iqbal was bowled in the first over.

After innings of 126 and 74 twice so far in the series, Bangladesh's leading run-scorer was out for four. Mominul Haque followed for 10 and Shadman Islam for 29 leaving Mohammad Mithun on 25 with Soumya Sarkar not out 12.

New Zealand resumed the day at 38 for two and piled on 394 runs in 73 overs before sending Bangladesh back in.

Taylor, after surviving the two early chances, made Bangladesh pay a high price for their fielding errors.

He clouted Taijul Islam for six over the long-on boundary to bring up his century which took him past his mentor, the late Martin Crowe, to become New Zealand's second most prolific century-maker with 18, two behind Kane Williamson. AFP


 

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