Brendan Taylor of Zimbabwe bites the cue after completing a century on the third day of the second test against Bangladesh in Mirpur on Tuesday Dhaka Tribune / Md Manik
Brendan Taylor praised Bangladesh spinner Taijul Islam for his performances and especially as he positioned himself in place of a Shakib al Hasan injured.
Right-hander Brendan Taylor was Zimbabwe's best batsman against Bangladesh on the third day of the second and final test match at Mirpur National Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium.
He did 110 races, his fifth century in testing and his first away from home.
He was happy with his performance despite knowing that Bangladesh is in the driver's seat and that a draw is the only option for Zimbabwe now: "It feels good. In recent years, the series of three tests in 2014 was a difficult series, and it is always difficult to play here against a world-class attack. So I'm really happy about it, but we're still very late in the game. When Bangladesh has 500, it is very difficult to lose that position. "
The course in Mirpur is starting to become more and more friendly and things will only get more difficult from here.
The right-hander added: "The first half [Tuesday] It was okay. It was starting to change and a little undone, but it was surprisingly good. But the spinners are always on you, they never leave you and they make it very difficult for you to score. And, especially here in Dhaka, we see that on the fourth and fifth day the batting is getting harder and harder. "
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The former Zimbabwean captain praised Bangladeshi midfielder Taijul Islam for his performances and especially as he took the place in place of Shakib al Hasan who suffered an injury.
He also praised Mushfiqur Rahim for the way he tried to reach his second double century: "Taijul is in some serious way. He entered the gap with Shakib not being there. When they play together, they are a very strong attack. He did an incredible job, and the way Mushy (Mushfiqur Rahim) played to face so many balls and show that kind of concentration and discipline, it was an incredible hit. We admire what he did. He kicked us out of that game. Just show your class as a player. "
The 32-year-old has ranked this century very well, although Taylor said that facing the spinners of Bangladesh has always been a challenge.
"Over the years (Abdur) Razzak, Shakib, even Mohammed Rafique, they have always been a difficult challenge whether we play in Harare or Bulawayo, it is always difficult. like this [Tuesday] is probably one of my best, "said Taylor.
Taylor believes there is plenty to do in this Test and getting a draw would be a massive result for the visitor: "It will be an incredible feeling and a wonderful achievement. Bangladesh dominated us in Bangladesh for years, so even for a Test victory, that was huge in Khulna. This is something I will love for a long time. There is so much to play. The discussion [Tuesday] Do we have much to play? There is no lying down and we give up, we have to keep fighting.
2nd TEST, DAY 3
BANGLADESH 1st START R B
Liton c Mavuta b Jarvis 9 35
Imrul c Chakabva b Jarvis 0 16
Mominul c Chari b Chatara 161 247
Mithun c Taylor b Jarvis 0 4
Mushfiq does not leave 219 421
Taijul c Chakabva b Jarvis 4 10
Mahmudullah c Chakabva b Jarvis 36 110
Ariful c Chari b Jarvis 4 18
Miraz does not leave 68 102
Extras (b 9, lb 8, nb 3, w 1)
Total (160 Overs) 522 / 7d
1-13 (Imrul), 2-16 (Liton), 3-26 (Mithun), 4-292 (Mominul), 5-299 (Taijul), 6-372 (Mahmudullah), 7-378 (Ariful)
Jarvis 28-6-71-5, Chatara 22.2-12-34-1, Tiripano 24.4-6-65-1, Race 22-1-111-0, Williams 30-4-80-0, Mavuta 31-1- 137-0, Masakadza 2-0-7-0
ZIMBABWE 1st ENTRY R B
Masakadza c Miraz b Taijul 14 44
Tiripano c Miraz b Taijul 8 46
Taylor c Taijul b Miraz 110 194
Williams b Taijul 11 28
Race b Taijul 0 12
Moor lbw b Ariful 83 114
Chakabva c Mominul b Taijul 10 42
Mavuta c Ariful b Miraz 0 2
Jarvis does not leave 9 23
Chatara missing injured – –
Extras (b 5, lb 1) 6
Total (105.3 Overs) 304
2-40 (Tiripan), 3-96 (Chari), 4-129 (Williams), 5-131 (Race), 6-270 (Moor), 7-290 (Taylor), 8-290 (Mavuta), 9 -304 (Chakabva)
Mustafizur 21-8-58-0, Khaled 18-7-48-0, Taijul 40.3-10-107-5, Miraz 20-3-61-3, Mahmudullah 2-0-14-0, Ariful 4-2- 10-1
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