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No lying down and giving up, we have to keep fighting: Taylor

Brendan Taylor, who scored a magnificent hundred on the third day insists to not give up and fight till the end despite getting bowled out for 304 runs in the first innings. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ বাংলাদেশের স্পিন অ্যাটাক সবসময়ই ভয়ঙ্কর!]

Taylor celebrates hundred

After losing 5 wickets for only 131 runs on the board, Zimbabwe were in deep trouble but the experienced Taylor built a solid partnership with Peter Moor who missed his well deserved hundred for 17 runs.

Zimbabwe are now set to face a tough challenge to save this Test match and Taylor feels mental strength is the key to overcome monumental challenge.

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“It’s not over. It’s certainly not. But it’s going to be a monumental challenge for us to even draw this game. We’ve batted 105 overs. If we bat four sessions, that’s 120 overs on day five. Realistically, it will be a miracle for us to draw this game, but we have to have the belief that we have the batters and mental strength to do that.”

Going back to the first Test match, Taylor expressed his feelings of what it meant for him to win the match.

“I can’t tell you what it will mean for us. It will be an incredible feeling and a wonderful achievement. Bangladesh have generally dominated us in Bangladesh for years. So even just to get a Test win, that was huge in Sylhet. That’s something that I will cherish for a long time. There’s a lot to play for. The discussion tonight will be that we have a lot to play for. There’s no lying down and giving up, we have to keep fighting.”

The former Zimbabwe captain was also thrilled for scoring his first overseas hundred against a world class spin attack.

“Obviously I’ve played more Test matches against Bangladesh, but I’ve always felt they’re one of the harder teams to play because of their spinners. Over the years Razzak, Shakib, even Mohammed Rafique, they’ve always been a tough challenge, whether we play in Harare or Bulawayo, it’s always tough. So today is probably one of my better ones. Hopefully we can take something out of the game and bat as long as we can when it’s going to be very difficult,” he concluded.

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