Zimbabwe vs New Zealand 1st Test Day 3: Taylor, Watling add to Zimbabwe’s woes

Taylor celebrates after scoring his 14th Test hundred

Taylor celebrates after scoring his 14th Test hundred

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New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor and wicketkeeper BJ Watling both made centuries to leave Zimbabwe reeling at the end of the third day of the first Test in Bulawayo.

Starting off the day on 315/4, New Zealand lost nightwatchman Ish Sodhi early on for 11 before Taylor and Watling took over and demolished Zimbabwe’s bowling attack.

Taylor and Watling amassed an incredible 253-run partnership, which is the best stand for the Black Caps against Zimbabwe in Test history.

During their partnership, Taylor brought up his 14th Test century and Watling his sixth as Zimbabwe were left to toil and find an answer on how to stem the bleeding.

Sikandar Raza provided the breakthrough Zimbabwe desperately needed as he removed Watling for 107, which came off 172 balls and included 12 boundaries.

Watling made his sixth Test century

Watling made his sixth Test century

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As soon as Watling was dismissed, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson decided to declare as his side were on 576/6, which gave them a 412-run lead.

Taylor remained undefeated on 173, which came off 299 deliveries and included 19 boundaries.

Raza, Donald Tirpano, Hamilton Masakadza, skipper Graeme Cremer and debutants Chamu Chibhabha and Michael Chinouya picked up one wicket apiece.

Trailing by 412 runs, Zimbabwe found themselves in a world of trouble as Trent Boult and Tim Southee speared through their top order.

With the hosts having been reduced to 17/4, Raza and Craig Ervine amassed a 69-run partnership before Raza was dismissed by Wagner for 37.

Ervine and Cremer managed to put together an unbeaten 35-run partnership before stumps was called.

Ervine finished on 49 off 55 balls, which included seven boundaries, while Cremer remained undefeated on 14 off 27 deliveries, which included three boundaries.

Boult was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Southee and Wagner claimed one wicket each.

Zimbabwe ended day three on 121/5 and will continue batting on Sunday at 09:30 local time or 07:30 GMT.

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