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11-Mar-2019 06:00:00 GMT
NZ v Ban - 2nd Test, Wellington, day 5

New Zealand seize control after Taylor double ton

Wellington: A double ton from Ross Taylor and three quick Bangladesh wickets put New Zealand in a prime position to pull off an exceptional victory in the rain-shortened second Test in Wellington on Monday.

At stumps on day four at Basin Reserve, where the first two days were washed out, Bangladesh were 80 for three, still 141 from making New Zealand bat again.

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.

Brief scores:
Bangladesh 211 (Tamim 74, Wagner 3-28, Boult 3-38) and 80 for 3 (Boult 2-34) trail New Zealand 432 for 6 dec (Taylor 200, Nicholls 107, Williamson 74, Jayed 3-94) by 141 runs

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.

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