BANGLADESH TOUR OF NEW ZEALAND 2019
Cricbuzz Staff •
Ross Taylor crunched a scintillating 97-ball century © AFP
Ross Taylor cracked an enterprising unbeaten 103 and also strung together a stand of 172 with Kane Williamson (74) for the third wicket to pilot New Zealand to a position of strength at Lunch on Day 4 of their second Test versus Bangladesh in Wellington. The home side was 198 for 3, trailing by just 13 at the break.
Taylor took the aggressive route and explored all corners of the ground to leave the opposition ranks searching for answers. However, the veteran batsman began the day on a nervy note.
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. Taylor duly took advantage of a few loose deliveries and broke the shackles with a string of cut shots.
Williamson joined in the act by steering a couple of deliveries through the third man region. Once the home side reached the 100-run mark, Taylor hit the accelerator pedal. He clubbed Jayed over midwicket for a six. He also took a heavy toll off Soumya Sarkar by crunching the part-timer for four boundaries and a six.
Just when it seemed as if the visitors would go wicketless in the session, Williamson 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. Taylor, who now has 18 Test centuries to his name, went past his mentor and the New Zealand great, Martin Crowe’s landmark of 17 Test hundreds.
The tourists would ponder about that one over when Taylor was dropped twice. The hosts, meanwhile, would look to score quickly in the afternoon session and declare. It has to be noted that the first two days of the Test were washed due to persistent rain.
Brief scores: Bangladesh 211 (Tamim Iqbal 74; Neil Wagner 4-28, Trent Boult 3-38) lead New Zealand 198/3 (Ross Taylor 103*; Abu Jayed 2-52) by 13 runs