Taylor passes Crowe as New Zealand close in on victory

Heather Diaz
March 14, 2019

Bangladesh were all out for 211 in their first innings at tea after being put into bat in the rain-affected second Test against New Zealand in Wellington on Sunday.

Ross Taylor overcame the trials of a green pitch and an injured captain to post his third double century, steering New Zealand into a winning position Monday on the fourth day of the second cricket test against Bangladesh.

He went on to make Bangladesh pay heavily for those dropped chances.

Williamson went to hospital for scans and did not take the field in Bangladesh's second innings. When Taylor was out for 200, New Zealand was 421-5 and already 210 runs ahead.

"From what I've been speaking with the physio and Kane about, if things progress as we hope, then going to the IPL shouldn't be a problem for him". Once I got there it was probably a bit of a relief and then I didn't kick on.

"Will [Young] has been in our Test squad as batting cover for the past two series and he should be confident following some strong performances domestically and for New Zealand A", Stead said.

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Tamim refused to curb his natural game and attacked anything short or full on both sides of the wicket and, with Shadman Islam, had raised 50 runs inside the first hour.

In doing so, Williamson joined Taylor atop the New Zealand batting list with 30 half centuries in tests but only minutes later Taylor moved to 31 with a half century from 61 balls.

Taylor went on to his 18th century from 97 balls, an astonishing strike rate in hard conditions.

Talking about BJ Watling, who hurt his hamstring while warming up on the fifth morning, Stead said the wicketkeeper-batsman was being kept away from the action so that he can be fit for the third Test. Piling on more pressure, Nicholls reached a chanceless century from 122 balls and was out for 107 shortly before the declaration.

It worked. Bangladesh was 119-1 approaching lunch but Wagner took two wickets immediately before the break and two more soon afterwards, capturing the key wicket of Tamim Iqbal for 74, as Bangladesh slumped to 168-6.

Mominul Haque only scored 10 runs before he was caught by Tim Southee at third slip off the bowling of Boult.

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