Taylor, Nicholls cement New Zealand's dominance | Buzz It up

Taylor, Nicholls cement New Zealand's dominance

BANGLADESH TOUR OF NEW ZEALAND, 2019

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The home side compiled 372 for 3, in front by 161 at the Tea break.

The home side compiled 372 for 3, in front by 161 at the Tea break. © AFP

Ross Taylor reached 150-run mark and also strung together an unbeaten 192-run alliance with Henry Nicholls (93*) to extend New Zealand’s dominance against Bangladesh in the Wellington Test. The home side had compiled 372 for 3, in front by 161 at the Tea break.

New Zealand, who began the afternoon session trailing by just 13, continued to pile on the runs. In the 57th over of the innings, Nicholls decided to up the ante with a couple of crunchy pulls and a punch while facing Mustafizur Rahman. Taylor, on other hand, motored along to 150 with a double off Taijul Islam.

Once Taylor completed the landmark, the seasoned batsman put on his one-day cap on by tonking Ebadat Hossain over his head and into the stands. In the same over, he also smashed another boundary. To make matters worse, Ebadat lost the plot by banging it too short as it flew over Liton Das’s head and into the fence. Bangladesh’s woeful show capsulises the point that the visiting side’s bowlers struggle to maintain pressure for long.

The proceedings during the first session mirrored that of the afternoon session. At the start of the day, Taylor took the aggressive route and explored all corners of the ground to leave the opposition ranks searching for answers. However, the veteran batsman had a few scares early on in the day. He almost chopped Eabadat Hossain onto the stumps. It was in the very next over when Bangladesh fluffed two chances and that proved to be a couple of costly misses.

Abu Jayed was the unlucky bowler and on both occasions, Taylor was given reprieves. Jayed induced an uppish drive off the first ball of the over only for the fielder at cover to put down a sitter. To make matters worse, just two ball later, Shadman Islam dropped a chance in the slip cordon. Those two grassed chances also perhaps affected the discipline of Bangladesh’s bowlers with the duo of Eabadat and Jayed offering width.

Just when it seemed as if the visitors would go wicketless in the session, Kane Williamson (74) eked out a leading edge off Taijul Islam to offer a return catch. Taylor, though, continued to play with authority and composed his hundred by clubbing Taijul for a six.

New Zealand perhaps would wait for Nicholls and Taylor to reach their respective milestones and then declare. Bangladesh, meanwhile, just looked deflated and seemed to be going through the motions during the second session.

Brief scores: Bangladesh 211 (Tamim Iqbal 74; Neil Wagner 4-28, Trent Boult 3-38) trail New Zealand 372/3 (Ross Taylor 185*, Henry Nicholls 93*; Abu Jayed 2-69) by 161 runs

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