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Zimbabwe openers rally after New Zealand pile on mammoth total

Ross Taylor scored his second consecutive unbeaten century in the series.
Ross Taylor scored his second consecutive unbeaten century in the series.
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New Zealand 582-4 dec (Latham 136) v
Zimbabwe 55-0 (Chibhabha 31)
Second Test, day two, Bulawayo

After tons from Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor pushed New Zealand to 582 for four, Zimbabwe opening batsmen safely saw out the final session and scored 55 for naught to end the second day of the second Test in Bulawayo trailing the Blackcaps by 527 runs with 10 wickets in hand.

New Zealand began on the overnight score of 329 for two. Zimbabwe took the second new ball straight away.

Williamson (113) completed his century and became the 13th cricketer to hit tons against all Test playing nations.

However, six overs later, Williamson fell to Michael Chinouya (1-64). While Taylor (124 not out) was steady at one end, Henry Nicholls (15) failed to last long and was trapped LBW by Graeme Cremer (1-147).

Taylor completed a breezy fifty just prior to lunch with New Zealand scoring 436 for four at the end of the first session.

As Taylor continued on without issue, BJ Watling (83 not out) saw himself in and brought up a 92-ball fifty. Soon the 100-run stand for the fifth wicket came up.

When Taylor was on 91, he was dropped and he went on to bring up a 142-ball century in the 141st over. It was Taylor’s third consecutive unbeaten ton against Zimbabwe in Tests.

The pair took New Zealand to tea with the score at 582 for four. New Zealand declared midway during the tea break.

The third session began with New Zealand getting the ball to swing well but the Zimbabwe openers Tino Mawoyo (20 not out) and Chamu Chibhabha (31 not out) did very well to bat with patience and did not play loose shots.

In the first hour of the final session, Zimbabwe steadily reached 15 for naught after 14 overs. New Zealand did not allow much of a room for Zimbabwe in the session though.

However, Mawoyo and Chibhabha did not get tied down and accelerated a wee bit towards the end of the session, taking the team to 55 for naught at stumps on day two, still trailing New Zealand by 527 runs.

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