Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Harare, 4th day April 20, 2013

Taylor's day

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day as the first Test come to a four-day conclusion
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Haste of the day

Zimbabwe continued batting on the fourth morning purely so that Brendan Taylor could reach his second century of the match. Although time was on his side, Taylor also appeared anxious to get going on the last rites and after settling in, began playing the big shots. He took on Robiul Islam, who had all the Bangladesh success on the third evening, and after lofting him back over his head for four, aimed to do it again. Taylor was aiming at long-off when he swung but got something close to a leading edge as the ball sailed over long-on instead. Even the cameraman lost its path as everyone was surprised the direction but it put Taylor eight runs away from his milestone.

Celebration of the day

It took Taylor thirteen more balls before he cut Rubel Hossain through point to bring up the landmark. He ran the first with his arms and bat in the air and his voice carried all around the stadium as he whooped in delight. On reaching the non-strikers' end, he leapt in the air before turning for the second. Mid-way through that, he high-fived Keegan Meth and then raced through a third before enjoying the moment fully. The Harare crowd prefers to come in later in the day so he only had a few hundred spectators to acknowledge and they may all have felt they received a personal glance. Taylor did a full 360 as he took in the magnitude of his achievement. Only two of his countrymen have scored twin tons in a game, Andy and Grant Flower, and only 11 captains before him have done the same.

Catch of the day

The Zimbabwe captain may want to ask for this day to be made a holiday in honour of his efforts because he also made an important contribution in the field. Zimbabwe were tearing big holes into Bangladesh when Mushfiqur Rahim decided late to play at a back-of-a-length delivery from Elton Chigumbura. He got a thick edge which flew low to the right of second slip. Taylor had to react quickly but stretched out in time and took the ball inches off the floor to remove his opposite number in style.

Fielding effort of the day

And he wasn't done there. Taylor also played his part in removing Bangladesh's top-scorer. He introduced Graeme Cremer in the 39th over and the legspinner soon found turn. At the end of his second over, he got one to spin away from Mohammad Ashraful. It didn't take the edge but beat the wicketkeeper and Taylor, at slip, managed to get his left hand out to stop the ball from trickling away. Ashraful thought there was opportunity to go for a quick single but Taylor still had the ball and with Ashraful away, only needed to break the stumps to send him back.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • POSTED BY on | April 21, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    taylor is a class act! zimbabwe really need to get more test series than they are getting right now!

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2013, 22:09 GMT

    Zimbabwe really deserves more than a couple tests in a year. They have shown that they are a quality side and can defeat more than Canada and Scotland. Both their bowlers and batsmen have shown that they can step up to the plate and deliver for their team. Hopefully they get more series to play in following years against the big teams such as India, Australia, England, etc.

  • POSTED BY MohsinBallack on | April 20, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    well done Zimbabwe Taylor is always a class batsman but on extra responsibilities on him and form of his other batsmans get him in to the huge pressure.zimbabwe needs to play more cricket ICC had to to something about zimbabwean cricket

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    well played Zimbabwe, bangladesh should learn how to play cricket. Zimbabwe definitely deserved 2 or 3 test series per year with quality sides.

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    This might be the only occasion on which one player was central to every play.

  • POSTED BY on | April 21, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    taylor is a class act! zimbabwe really need to get more test series than they are getting right now!

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2013, 22:09 GMT

    Zimbabwe really deserves more than a couple tests in a year. They have shown that they are a quality side and can defeat more than Canada and Scotland. Both their bowlers and batsmen have shown that they can step up to the plate and deliver for their team. Hopefully they get more series to play in following years against the big teams such as India, Australia, England, etc.

  • POSTED BY MohsinBallack on | April 20, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    well done Zimbabwe Taylor is always a class batsman but on extra responsibilities on him and form of his other batsmans get him in to the huge pressure.zimbabwe needs to play more cricket ICC had to to something about zimbabwean cricket

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    well played Zimbabwe, bangladesh should learn how to play cricket. Zimbabwe definitely deserved 2 or 3 test series per year with quality sides.

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    This might be the only occasion on which one player was central to every play.

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  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    This might be the only occasion on which one player was central to every play.

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    well played Zimbabwe, bangladesh should learn how to play cricket. Zimbabwe definitely deserved 2 or 3 test series per year with quality sides.

  • POSTED BY MohsinBallack on | April 20, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    well done Zimbabwe Taylor is always a class batsman but on extra responsibilities on him and form of his other batsmans get him in to the huge pressure.zimbabwe needs to play more cricket ICC had to to something about zimbabwean cricket

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2013, 22:09 GMT

    Zimbabwe really deserves more than a couple tests in a year. They have shown that they are a quality side and can defeat more than Canada and Scotland. Both their bowlers and batsmen have shown that they can step up to the plate and deliver for their team. Hopefully they get more series to play in following years against the big teams such as India, Australia, England, etc.

  • POSTED BY on | April 21, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    taylor is a class act! zimbabwe really need to get more test series than they are getting right now!