Test: Taylor’s ton steadies Zim

2013-04-18 00:00

BRENDAN Taylor reached his third Test century to lead Zimbabwe to 217/4 at stumps on the first day of the first Test against Bangladesh at Harare Sports Club yesterday.

Taylor left the field on 105 and Elton Chigumbura on six.

Malcolm Waller and Taylor added 127 runs for the fourth wicket before Waller fell to Rubel Hossain for 55.

Earlier, Bangladesh struggled to make full use of a green wicket.

Although the tourists made some early inroads after winning the toss and electing to bowl, reducing Zimbabwe to 65 for three, an unbroken stand between Taylor and Malcolm Waller allowed the home side to take tea on 121 for three.

While there was no shortage of green grass on the pitch, the surface was not the quickest and Zimbabwe only nudged their run rate up to two per over shortly before the tea break as free scoring remained difficult.

Taylor batted cautiously for his unbeaten 54, taking 129 deliveries, while Waller’s unbeaten 22 required 66 deliveries. Hamilton Masakadza was the only batsman dismissed in the second session, caught at slip off the bowling of left-arm spinner Enamul Haque for 25.

Debutant Timycen Maruma and fellow opener Vusi Sibanda fell to fast bowler Robiul Islam in the morning session, when there was plenty of assistance for the seamers.

Fast bowler Shingirai Masakadza was surprisingly preferred to Tendai Chatara, who had made an impression during the recent tour of the West Indies.

Former captain Shakib Al Hasan returned to the Bangladesh side after missing the tour of Sri Lanka through injury.

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