Bulawayo - Ross Taylor and BJ Watling
continued to grind Zimbabwe into the dust as their unbroken 220-run stand
helped New Zealand build a mammoth first-innings lead on day three of the first
Test at Queens Sports Club on Saturday.
Taylor brought up his 14th Test century and
converted it into an unbeaten 156, while Watling went to tea on 95 not out as
New Zealand reached 543 for five.
With a lead of 379, the focus began to
shift to when captain Kane Williamson might declare and begin New Zealand's
push for victory.
The Black Caps lost night-watchman Ish
Sodhi in the second over of the day as they resumed on 315 for four, but that
simply allowed Taylor and Watling to get on with their productive alliance.
Taylor started the day on 38 and reached 87
by the lunch interval, while Watling was untroubled throughout his innings and
scored progressively quicker as the day wore on.
As Zimbabwe wilted in the field, the pair
added 120 runs in the second session without offering a chance.
The hosts were not helped by the continued
absence of Sean Williams and Regis Chakabva through illness.
Without Williams' left-arm spin, leg
spinner Graeme Cremer was left to wheel his way through 51 overs.
Zimbabwe were bowled out for 164 on the
opening day of the Test, when left-arm seamer Neil Wagner recorded career-best
figures of 6 for 41.