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Taylor, Watling pile on the misery for Zimbabwe

AFP and Reuters, BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe

New Zealand’s Ross Taylor plays a shot against Zimbabwe in the first Test at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, yesterday.

Photo: AFP

Ross Taylor and B.J. Watling continued to grind Zimbabwe into the dust as their unbroken 220-run stand helped New Zealand build a mammoth first-innings lead on the third day of the first Test at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, yesterday.

Taylor brought up his 14th Test century and converted it into an unbeaten 156, while Watling went to tea on 95 not out as New Zealand reached 543-5.

With a lead of 379, the focus began to shift to when captain Kane Williamson might declare and begin New Zealand’s push for victory.

However, the Black Caps could be looking to continue their batting as long as possible with Williamson saying before the Test that his side would seek valuable time at the crease to prepare for tougher series in South Africa and India in the coming months.

The Black Caps lost nightwatchman Ish Sodhi in the second over of the day as he became the first Test victim for debutant seamer Michael Chinouya when he edged to replacement wicketkeeper Brian Chari after they resumed on 315-4, but that simply allowed Taylor and Watling to get on with their productive alliance.

Chari was deputizing behind the stumps for Regis Chakabva, who was laid low with a high temperature.

Taylor started the day on 38 and reached 87 by the lunch interval, while Watling was untroubled throughout his innings and scored progressively quicker as the day wore on.

As Zimbabwe wilted in the field, the pair added 120 runs in the second session without offering a chance.

The hosts were not helped by the continued absence of Sean Williams through illness.

Without Williams’ left-arm spin, leg-spinner Graeme Cremer was left to wheel his way through 51 overs.

Zimbabwe were bowled out for 164 on the opening day of the Test, when left-arm seamer Neil Wagner recorded career-best figures of 6-41.

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