Taylor 200 as New Zealand declare at 432-6, lead by 221

:: Peoples Time Online ::

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.

Peoples Time/HG

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