Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2nd Test Day 3: Taylor fights, but Taijul keeps Bangladesh on top

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Taijul Islam finished with figures of 5-107 off 40.3 overs

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Zimbabwe batsman Brendan Taylor scored 110, but Taijul Islam’s five-for kept Bangladesh in complete control on the third day of the second Test in Dhaka.

Starting off the day on 25/1, Zimbabwe added 15 runs to their overnight score before nightwatchman Donald Tiripano was dismissed by Taijul for eight runs.

Brian Chari and Taylor made up for the loss of Tiripano with a 56-run partnership, during which Chari brought up his fifty, before he was caught by Mominul Haque at short leg off the bowling of Mehidy Hasan Miraz for 53, which came off 128 balls and included six boundaries and two sixes.

Sean Williams only made 11 runs before he was clean bowled by Taijul, who also took out Sikandar Raza for a duck four overs later.

With Zimbabwe in a spot of bother at 131/5, Taylor and Peter Moor stabilised the innings with a 139-run partnership, during which both batsmen surpassed their half-centuries.

Moor ended up making a career-best 83, which came off 114 balls and included 12 boundaries and six, before he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Ariful Haque.

Taylor went on to score 110, which came off 194 deliveries and included 10 boundaries, before he was brilliantly caught by Taijul off the bowling of Mehidy.

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Brendan Taylor scored his fifth Test century

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Mehidy struck again two balls later as Brandon Mavuta was caught by Ariful at first slip for a duck.

Regis Chakabva fell shortly after for 10, and since Tendai Chatara was unable to bat due to an injury he sustained, Zimbabwe were bowled out for 304, which gave Bangladesh a 218-run lead.

However, as soon as Chakabva was dismissed, stumps was called.

Taijul was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Mehidy took three and Ariful claimed one.

It remains to be seen whether Bangladesh enforce the follow on, but if they do, Zimbabwe will bat again on Wednesday at 09:30 local time or 03:30 GMT.

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