Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Pakistan star Yasir Shah makes history against New Zealand

Pakistan star Yasir Shah makes history against New Zealand

Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah became the fastest cricketer to take 200 Test wickets on Thursday, breaking an 82-year-old record and putting Pakistan within sight of a series win in the third and final Test against New Zealand.

Yasir began the Abu Dhabi Test with 195 wickets in 32 Tests and on the opening day grabbed three early wickets.

This was hugely significant for New Zealand, who so rarely win series of three tests or more away from home.

However, if the series result is reversed and Sri Lanka win 2-0, then they will rise to 97 points while retaining sixth place and New Zealand will fall behind Australia in fifth position on 99 points.

The 32-year-old trapped nightwatchman Will Somerville leg before for four - his second wicket of New Zealand's second innings - to reach the milestone in his 33rd Test, beating Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett's record of 36 Tests set against South Africa in Johannesburg in 1936.

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"It was a really great fighting effort, and one we'll remember for a long time".

Joining forces at 60-4, still trailing Pakistan by 14 runs, the pair added 212 - the highest fifth-wicket partnership for the Black Caps against Pakistan.

In the chase, Babar Azam top-scored with 51 off 114 balls before he was the ninth man to be dismissed as Pakistan's top order succumbed to New Zealand's brilliant bowling.

Somerville had Haris Sohail caught off a tentative push in the slip with his third ball of the first over for nine and next ball had first innings centurion Asad Shafiq caught behind off the glove.

"They showed how strong they were in Dubai and turned us over pretty easily there".

Pakistan were off to a disastrous start when Mohammad Hafeez, in his last innings before he retires from Test cricket, was bowled by fast bowler Tim Southee for eight. This was their first series victory in Asia since 2008 against Bangladesh.

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