Yasir smashes 82-year-old record as Pakistan eye series win

Paola Ditto
Dicembre 6, 2018

Yasir's strike left New Zealand fighting to save both the match in Abu Dhabi, and the series - now tied at 1-1 - as they reached 112-4 at lunch on the fourth day. The 32-year-old drew the ire of his captain and non-striker, Sarfraz Ahmed, who was losing partners at some pace. His best figures of 8/41 came in the second Test against New Zealand in November, 2018, in which he became the first bowler after Anil Kumble, in 1999, to pick up 10 wickets in a single day of Test cricket. Yasir was on course to make it safely to the non-striker's end but was well short in the end as he lost his shoe mid pitch.

On day three, centuries by Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq helped Pakistan overhaul New Zealand's total of 274 but a lower-order collapse saw their lead restricted to 74 on day three in Abu Dhabi.

The Test series is now tied at 1-1 after New Zealand won the first Test and Pakistan clinched the second Test.

Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson, who scored a fighting 89 in the first innings, was batting on 14 with nightwatchman William Somerville for company on one with the visitors trailing by 48.

The pair's 201-run partnership for the fourth wicket ended when Azhar became off-spinner Somerville's first Test victim.

Shafiq perished shortly afterwards after failing to read left-armer Patel's arm ball and was adjudged leg before with a review confirming the dismissal.

On the fourth morning of the final Test in Abu Dhabi against New Zealand, Yasir Shah did not merely break an 82-year-old record, he smashed it.

Following Grimmett and Ashwin, Australia's Dennis Lillee (38 Tests), Pakistan's Waqar Younis (38 Tests) and South Africa's Dale Steyn (39 Tests) held the top five spots in the list of fastest to 200 wickets before Yasir Shah achieved the milestone. Shah is on 199 in just his 33rd Test match.

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