Brendan Taylor raises Zimbabwe victory hopes

Brendan Taylor remained unbeaten on 73 off 81 balls AFP

Bulawayo: Nov 5, 2011

Captain Brendan Taylor hit an aggressive unbeaten half-century as Zimbabwe threatened an unlikely victory on the final day of their Test against New Zealand. Taylor was on 73 not out from just 81 deliveries when Zimbabwe went to lunch on 169 for three — still needing 197 runs to record what would be a famous victory.

Opener Tino Mawoyo was the only wicket to fall in the first session, with part-timer Martin Guptill’s delivery deflecting off the thigh pad and onto the stumps.

Mawoyo’s 52 had contributed to a 96-run partnership with Taylor over the first hour and a half of the day, with Mawoyo doing his best to stonewall the New Zealand bowlers while Taylor went after them at the other end.

Taylor hit four sixes and five fours in the morning session as he often came down the wicket to cart offspinner Jeetan Patel over cow corner.

He was joined after Mawoyo’s departure by former captain Tatenda Taibu, who went to lunch on five not out.

Zimbabwe began the day on 61 for two in the face of a stiff target of 366, which was set by New Zealand when they declared their second innings on 252 for eight midway through the third session of day four. (AFP)

Brief Scores: New Zealand 426 (Martin Guptill 109, Ross Taylor 76, Dean Brownlie 63; Chris Mpofu 4 for 92) and 252 for 8 dec (Ross Taylor 76, Kane Williamson 68, Daniel Vettori 31; Kyle Jarvis 5 for 64, Ray Price 2 for 87) lead Zimbabwe 313 (Vusimuzi Sibanda 93, Malcilm Waller 72*, Brendan Taylor 50; Daniel Vettori 5 for 70) and 169 for 3 (Brendan Taylor 73*, Tino Mawoyo 52; Doug Bracewell 2 for 33) by 197 runs.

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