Brendan Taylor consolidates for Zimbabwe on Day 2 of 1st Test at Harare

Brendan Taylor Taylor continued to bat with ease against the Bangladesh bowling attack © AFP

Harare: Apr 18, 2013

Brendan Taylor remained unbeaten on 135 and Graeme Cremer was batting on 20, as Zimbabwe consolidated their position by reaching 285 for six at lunch on the second day of the opening Test against Bangladesh.

Zimbabwe resumed their first innings at 217 for four and added a further 68 runs, losing the wickets of Elton Chigumbura and Richmond Mutumbami for 12 and 11, respectively.

However, the Zimbabwe skipper Taylor continued to bat with ease against the Bangladesh bowling attack, adding another 28 runs to with overall score in the first session.

Earlier on the opening day, a defiant, unbeaten century from captain Brendan Taylor allowed Zimbabwe to build a solid platform on a sluggish first day of the first Test against Bangladesh at Harare Sports Club.

In their first home Test in 18 months, Taylor put Zimbabwe’s recent problems aside as he scored 105 not out and took his side from 65 for three early in the second session to 217 for four at the close of play.

Taylor endured a torrid tour of the West Indies last month and has seen his squad become increasingly dispirited in the wake of another contract dispute, but led from the front on a difficult pitch.

Although on the low side, Zimbabwe’s total represented a reasonable day’s work for the hosts after they were inserted on a greentop by Bangladesh, who lacked the fast bowling arsenal to take full advantage.

Brief Scores: Zimbabwe 285 for 6 (Brendan Taylor 135*, Malcolm Waller 55; Robiul Islam 3 for 68, Rubel Hossain 2 for 70) vs Bangladesh

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