Taylor's hundred boosts NZ in series decider

Published: Tuesday, October 14, 2008, 13:20 [IST]
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Ross Taylor scored a fine century to lift New Zealand to 249-7 against Bangladesh in the series-deciding third and final one-day match at Divisional Stadium here Tuesday.

Taylor, who hit 103, put on 125 runs for the third wicket with Jamie How (73) to overcome the early loss of openers Jesse Ryder (three) and Brendon McCullum (six) after the visitors won the toss and batted.

With the series level at 1-1, New Zealand's middle order finally came good as Taylor and How lifted them from a precarious 13-2 to thwart the Bangladeshi bowlers on an easy-paced pitch.

Bangladesh shocked the visitors by seven wickets in the opening match but New Zealand hit back with a comfortable 75-run win in the second -- both played at Dhaka -- to set up an intriguing series decider.

Taylor, 24, hit five fours and four towering sixes in his 119-ball knock, finally falling in the 47th over, caught behind off paceman Mashrafe Mortaza's full toss.

How provided valuable support, hitting ten boundaries in his 82-ball innings -- his seventh half-century in one-day cricket -- before he was adjudged leg before wicket to off-spinner Naeem Islam.

Left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan then chipped in with the useful wickets of Scott Styris (12) and Jacob Oram but Taylor continued his good work, reaching his third one-day hundred.

Oram, who scored 57 and 75 not out in the first two matches, was caught at deep mid-wicket for just three.

Skipper Daniel Vettori (19) and Kyle Mills (18) remained not out.

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