Taylor 200 as New Zealand declare at 432-6, lead by 221
WELLINGTON – New Zealand declared their first innings at 432 for six after a double century by Ross Taylor gave them a chance to win the rain-affected second Test against Bangladesh in Wellington on Monday.
Taylor, who led a scoring blitz on day four, reached his third double century, raised his bat in salute, and was dismissed from the next ball he faced.
New Zealand declared soon after with a 221-run first innings lead and 23 overs remaining in the day. When Taylor reached his century, with a huge six over long on off Taijul Islam, he passed his mentor, the late Martin Crowe, and became New Zealand’s second most prolific century-maker with 18, two behind Kane Williamson.
Henry Nicholls, who featured in a 216-run partnership with Taylor for the fourth wicket, was out soon after tea for 107. Williamson, who made 74 in a 172-run stand with Taylor for the third wicket, was taken to hospital afterwards for a scan on an injured left shoulder.
Although cleared of any serious injury he will not field at the start of the Bangladesh second innings, with Tim Southee leading the side.