Brendan Taylor’s career-best 171 propelled Zimbabwe to 389 all out in its first innings against Bangladesh on the second day of the opening Test here on Thursday.

Bangladesh was 95 for one at stumps, 294 behind after Taylor’s big innings anchored Zimbabwe again.

Taylor’s score was the highest in Tests by a Zimbabwean captain and the eighth best by any Zimbabwean. Finally Taylor was after an eight-hour stay at the crease and Zimbabwe was all out for 389 just after tea.

On the day that Zimbabwe celebrated 33 years of independence, the small crowd who made their way to the ground witnessed Taylor surpassing the 156 which Andy Flower scored against Pakistan as captain here in 1995.

The 27-year-old began the day unbeaten on 105, and brushed off the early loss of Elton Chigumbura and Richmond Mutumbami to construct a 107-run partnership with Graeme Cremer.

The pair put on 107 for the seventh wicket, with Taylor gradually increasing the scoring rate in the second session after another sluggish period before lunch. — AFP

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