Boult triple strike leaves Zimbabwe reeling after Taylor, Watling tons

Ross Taylor remained unbeaten on 173 in New Zealand's first innings.
Ross Taylor remained unbeaten on 173 in New Zealand's first innings.
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Zimbabwe 164 & 121-5 (Ervine 49no) v
New Zealand 576-6 dec (Taylor 173no)
First Test, day three, Bulawayo

An unbeaten 173 from Ross Taylor and a century from BJ Watling boosted New Zealand to 576 for six before a triple strike from Trent Boult left Zimbabwe reeling at 121 for five in the second innings, still trailing the visitors by 291 runs at the end of day three of the first Test in Bulawayo.

New Zealand resumed batting on their overnight score of 315 for four. Regis Chakabva and Sean Williams did not take the field due to illness.

The night watchman Ish Sodhi (11) was caught behind in the second over of the day. Taylor (173 not out) completed his fifty in the 111th over while Watling (107) saw himself in at the other end. Soon, the lead stretched past 200.

The pair batted without much trouble and at the stroke of lunch, Watling brought up his own fifty. New Zealand ended the session with the score reading 423 for five.

Six overs into the second session, Taylor completed his 14th Test century with a cut to the point fence. The partnership between Watling and Taylor soon crossed the 150-run mark while the lead too stretched past 300.

Just prior to the tea break, Taylor went past 150, taking New Zealand to 543 for five at the end of the second session.

In the fourth over of the final session, Watling also brought up his century but was dismissed in the next over with the score at 576 for six. With the fall of Watling, New Zealand declared, commanding a lead of 412 runs.

Zimbabwe got off to a poor start, losing Hamilton Masakadza (4) and Brian Chari (5) in the first two overs of their second innings.

Boult (3-33) accounted for Chamu Chibhabha (7) and Prince Masvaure (0) in the fourth over, reducing Zimbabwe to 22 for four in four overs.

Sikandar Raza (37) and Craig Ervine (49 not out) arrested this slide with a breezy 69-run stand which came up in 8.5 overs. However, Raza’s dismissal in the 13th over left Zimbabwe struggling at 87 for five after 13 overs.

Graeme Cremer (14 not out) and Ervine ensured that Zimbabwe played the rest of the overs in the session and took the team to 121 for five at stumps on day three.

Zimbabwe were still trailing New Zealand by 291 runs with five wickets in hand at stumps on day three.

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