Harare - Captain Brendan Taylor marked
Zimbabwe's Independence Day with a record-breaking score, but
Bangladesh's bold reply with the bat allowed them to end day two of the
first Test with the initiative.
Taylor's 171 formed the backbone
in a Zimbabwean total of 389 all out, before Bangladesh responded
positively to go to stumps on 95 for one with Jahurul Islam unbeaten on
38 and Mohammad Ashraful on 23 not out.
Taylor's eight-hour epic
was also the highest Test score by a Zimbabwean captain, eclipsing Andy
Flower's 156 against Pakistan at the same Harare Sports Club venue in
1995, and the eighth best by any Zimbabwean.
Batting coach Grant
Flower, who played 67 Tests for Zimbabwe and scored a double-century
himself, rated Taylor's knock as one of the finest in his country's
"It was definitely up there around the top," said Flower.
showed amazing application, and I think he changed his game - especially yesterday - to the type of wicket he was playing on.
always been a lot of pressure on him as one of the best batsmen in the
side, if not the best, which is pretty similar to what Andy's situation
Taylor had shared in a century stand with Malcolm Waller on
the first day, and enjoyed another one with Graeme Cremer on the second
to keep Zimbabwe ticking along - albeit at a slow scoring rate.
resuming on their overnight total of 217 for four, with Taylor on 105,
the hosts lost Elton Chigumbura and Richmond Mutumbami in quick
succession at the start of the day's play before Cremer provided sturdy
support in a 107-run partnership for the seventh wicket.
Taylor and Cremer departed in the space of three deliveries, with the
latter dismissed for 42, Keegan Meth and Shingirai Masakadza prolonged
the innings by adding 21 runs apiece.
Whereas Zimbabwe had batted
cautiously for the majority of their innings, with the run-rate never
rising above 2.7 per over, Bangladesh's openers opted for a more
"We thought that the wicket looked a bit
better after the first session on Wednesday, and that it's a really good
pitch now," Enamul Haque said.
"We can still win this match if we think positively."
their approach nearly led to a dismissal in the first over when Jahurul
was dropped at third slip by Cremer off the bowling of Kyle Jarvis, it
unsettled the rhythm of Zimbabwe's bowlers and ensured a brisk start.
did enjoy success when he induced a leading edge from Shahriar Nafees
that was snaffled by Timycen Maruma at point, but the fast bowler was
also guilty of bowling too full and conceded 39 runs in his eight overs.