Brendon Taylor, who has been very impressive in the longest format of the game, has equaled the record for the fastest fifty by a Zimbabwe player on Day 4 of the one-off the Test against Bangladesh on Saturday.
Taylor completed his fifty from just 33 balls, equaling Andy Blignaut’s brilliance against Pakistan in 2002. The 35-year old, earlier smashed a 56-ball half-century in the first innings of this Test match.
Carrying the same momentum in the second inning, Taylor got off to a brilliant start and went on to smash 90 plus runs. To make you realize how impressive he was, you can have a look at his batting partner, Takudzwanashe Kaitano who scored only 2 runs from 70 balls, while Taylor had already crossed the 90-run mark facing the same number of deliveries.
Fastest Test fifties For Zimbabwe (By balls):
33 – Brendan Taylor vs BAN, 2021
33 – Andy Blignaut vs PAK, 2002
34 – Blessing Mahwire vs NZ, 2005
Taylor smashed 16 boundaries in his innings but just when he was looking set for a ton, he was dismissed for 92 off 73 balls by off-spinner Mehidy Hasan.
The Taylor and Kaitano 95-run partnership, which was Zimbabwe’s highest in first innings, took their second innings total past 100 after they had opener Milton Shumba for 11.
The Zimbabwe captain had scored a brilliant 81 off just 92 balls with the help of four fours and a six in the first innings.