Ben Duckett hails Brendan Taylor for his twin-centuries in tough Bangladesh conditions
Taylor's ton couldn't save his team from a defeat.
Updated - Nov 15, 2018 6:40 pm
Zimbabwe, after their stupendous victory in the first Test against Bangladesh in Sylhet, couldn’t hold on to their impressive form. Hamilton Masakadza and Co slumped to a defeat by 218 runs at Sher-e-Bangla in Dhaka despite a couple of centuries from right-handed batsman Brendan Taylor. The visiting team also let go an opportunity to win a rare Test series.
After the Tigers put up 522 runs, Zimbabwe were bowled out for 304 runs out of which 110 came off Taylor’s willow. He scored those runs from 194 deliveries and his knock was laced with 10 boundaries. His partnership of 139 runs with Peter Moor helped the visitors mitigate the damage to a significant extent. Taylor also did exceptionally in the second innings.
Bangladesh set a humongous target of 443 for their opponents to track down and Taylor was the only batsman who stood out. He came to bat after Mehidy Hasan Miraz got rid of Hamilton Masakadza late on the fourth day. The 32-year-old scored 106 runs from 167 balls and stayed not out until the very end. However, he got no semblance of support from the others.
Duckett praises Taylor
In the meantime, Ben Duckett, the English left-handed batsman congratulated Taylor on the incredible knocks. Moreover, he also hailed the Harare-born batsman for notching the runs on wickets, which aren’t easy to bat on. As far as Duckett is concerned, he made his international debut against Bangladesh itself back in 2016 in Dhaka.
The left-handed batsman played both the Test and ODI series against the Tigers. However, after England’s Test match against India in Visakhapatnam in 2016, he went out of the selector’s radar. He took to Twitter and wrote, “I’ve played out in Bangladesh and the conditions are the hardest I’ve played in. Two hundreds in a game is an amazing achievement! Congrats @BrendanTaylor86 ,”
Here is Ducket’s tweet
I’ve played out in Bangladesh and the conditions are the hardest I’ve played in. Two hundreds in a game is an amazing achievement! Congrats @BrendanTaylor86 👏🏼💯💯
— Ben Duckett (@BenDuckett1) November 15, 2018