Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Kane Williamson may delay IPL departure, miss third Test against Bangladesh

Kane Williamson may delay IPL departure, miss third Test against Bangladesh

Ross Taylor reached his 18th test century in a 172-run partnership with Kane Williamson which guided New Zealand to 198-3 at lunch Monday on the fourth day of the rain-shortened second cricket test against Bangladesh.

But Stead hinted Will Young, who is in the New Zealand Test squad, will be in line to make his Test debut if Williamson is unable to play.

Williamson picked up the injury when he fell awkwardly trying to stop a ball at gully during the Bangladesh innings.

The first two days of the match were entirely lost to rain and when ground staff peeled back the covers under a heavy overcast sky and amid an eager audience of players on Sunday batsmen audibly gasped.

Williamson suffered a blow to his left shoulder while diving in the field during Bangladesh's first innings, and while he noticeably was affected by it while batting yesterday, he felt good enough to come out to bat late last night.

By virtue of winning the match, the hosts took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three match series.

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Captain Mahmudullah was the penultimate wicket to fall after top-scoring with 67, while Neil Wagner's dismissal of No 11 Ebadat Hossain secured victory for New Zealand and personal figures of a 5-45.

The 35-year-old Taylor brought up his milestone with a six over wide long on against Taijul Islam and then his 200 with three runs off Abu Jayed.

"From what I've been speaking with the physio and Kane about, if things progress as we hope, then going to the IPL shouldn't be a problem for him".

In doing so, Williamson joined Taylor atop the New Zealand batting list with 30 half centuries in tests but only minutes later Taylor moved to 31 with a half century from 61 balls.

Taylor's double century came from 211 balls, the third-fastest in tests by a New Zealander. Tamim hit the first ball for four; Boult smiled ruefully, then produced an nearly unplayable delivery which swung, then seamed back to bowl Iqbal.

Trent Boult then claimed the wickets of opener Tamim Iqbal for four and Mominul Haque for 10 early in Bangladesh's second innings, with Shadman Islam also caught behind for 29 off Matt Henry.

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