Maiden overseas ton thrills Taylor

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Nov 14,2018

 
 

Zimbabwe batsman Brendan Taylor celebrates his hundred against Bangladesh on the third day of their second Test against Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Tuesday. — AFP photo

Zimbabwe batsman Brendan Taylor told reporters on Tuesday that he was thrilled after scoring his first overseas Test hundred but admitted that his team was in a tough spot after the end of third day of the Dhaka Test.
Taylor scored a brilliant 110 off 194 balls, which took his side close to the follow-on mark.
However, Zimbabwe failed to do so, as they lost their last four wickets for 37 runs in the last session to be bowled out for 304, still trailing by 218 runs.
‘It is a good feeling,’ Taylor told reporters at the Sher-e Bangla National Stadium after the conclusion of the third day’s play.
‘The last few years, the three-Test match series in 2014 was a tough series, and it always is tough playing here against a world class spin attack. So I’m thrilled with that. But we’re still a long way behind in the game,’ he added.
This is Taylor’s fifth Test hundred and four of them have come against Bangladesh.
The former Zimbabwe captain considered the hosts as one of the hardest bowling attacks to face because of their strong spin attack over the years.
‘Obviously, I’ve played more Test matches against Bangladesh, but I’ve always felt they’re one of the harder teams to play because of their spinners,’ said the 32-year-old.
‘Over the years Razzak, Sakib, even Mohammed Rafique, they’ve always been a tough challenge, whether we play in Harare or Bulawayo, it’s always tough,’ he added.
Taylor was dismissed for six and 24 in the Sylhet Test off Taijul Islam which left him disappointed with his performance and he wanted to make amends in this all important match for the visitors.
‘I was pretty disappointed in the last Test match. Our second innings was going really well and I threw my wicket away, so I tried to be a lot more disciplined in this game and tried to bat as much time as possible,’ he said.
Taylor however, wasn’t very optimistic with his side’s chances in the match, as he believed it would continue to get harder to bat in this surface as the match progresses.
‘We have to show a lot of character in our second innings, whenever that is, to try and win the series, because it’s only going to get harder from tomorrow.
‘If we go into day five, the wicket’s going to break up and it will make life extremely difficult,’ he said.

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