New Zealand vs Bangladesh 2nd Test Day 4: Taylor’s double hundred gives New Zealand a shot at victory

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Ross Taylor celebrates after bringing up his third double hundred in Test cricket

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Ross Taylor scored a sensational 200 as New Zealand tormented Bangladesh and require seven wickets to win heading into the final day in Wellington.

Starting off the day on 38/2, Taylor and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson converted their 30-run partnership into a 172-run stand, during which both batsmen surged past their fifties, before Williamson was caught and bowled by Taijul Islam for 74, which came off 105 balls and included 11 boundaries and a six.

Taylor and Henry Nicholls kept the runs flowing with a 216-run stand, during which both batsmen surpassed their hundreds, before Nicholls was clean bowled by Taijul for 107, which came off 129 deliveries and included nine boundaries.

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Henry Nicholls scored his fifth Test century

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Taylor went on to score 200, which came off 212 balls and included 19 boundaries and four sixes, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Mustafizur Rahman.

With BJ Watling falling shortly after, New Zealand declared on 432/6, which gave them a 221-run lead.

Abu Jayed was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Taijul snapped up two and Mustafizur chipped in with one.

Trailing by 221 runs, Bangladesh were dealt a huge blow on the second ball of their second innings as opener Tamim Iqbal was clean bowled by Trent Boult for four runs.

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

Shadman Islam, who opened the batting with Tamim, was the next to go as he was caught behind off the bowling of Matt Henry for 29.

Mohammad Mithun and Soumya Sarkar ensured Bangladesh didn’t lose anymore wickets as they forged an unbeaten 25-run partnership before stumps was called.

Mithun finished on 25, which came off 47 balls and included four boundaries, while Sarkar remained undefeated on 12, which came off 26 deliveries and included two boundaries.

Boult was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Henry claimed one.

Bangladesh ended day four on 80/3 and will continue batting on Tuesday at 10:30 local time or 21:30 GMT (the previous day).

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