Brendan Taylor hopes that his 92-run stint against Bangladesh will inspire the rest of his Zimbabwe teammates to manage a draw on the fifth day of the one-off Test. He had hit 16 fours off the 73 balls that he played. Unfortunately, he was dismissed with just 10 overs to spare on Day 4. Zimbabwe also lost Takudzwanashe Kaitano right after Taylor. The team was left with 140 runs on board at the loss of 3 wickets and a day to secure a win against Bangladesh.
The way Taylor performed with the bat had put Bangladesh on the back foot for much of the evening session. He had hit cover drive after cover drive and played against the spinners easily. He was batting at another level as compared to the batsman at the other end.
In a post-match interview, Taylor stated that the way he batted was intuitive. He was not intending to play with that much aggression but it worked in his favour. He thought that at the end of Day 4, the wicket would get tired. Taylor wanted to be a little proactive and show his teammates that the wicket was still in form.
I got dismissed at the wrong time: Brendan Taylor
Brendan Taylor expressed regret that he was dismissed earlier than he would have expected. He believes that he could have made more runs for the team but he has faith in his teammates. Taylor stated that it is frustrating to miss out on a century when he was batting so well. But he is satisfied that he has probably inspired his teammates and made some important runs for the team.
Zimbabwe skipper Taylor stated that he believes his fellow batters can put up a good fight against Bangladesh. Overnight batters Dion Myers and Donald Tiripano must play carefully in the first hour with the new ball. It will decide if Zimbabwe can secure a draw against Bangladesh in the one-off Test.
The players are technically sound and solid, which makes it important that Zimbabwe does not lose any early wickets on Day 5. Unfortunately, the team lost Kaitano at the end of Day 4 but the other players are capable of stepping up for the team.