Pakistan's Shah fastest to 200 Test scalps

07 December, 2018, 20:07 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Sarfraz Ahmed reacts after dismissal of teammate Yasir Shah. More

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.

Shah also equalled Pakistan's record of most wickets in a Test by claiming 14 scalps last week in the second match against New Zealand.

Pakistani spinner Yasir Shah (C) holds the ball as he celebrates with teammates after breaking fastest 200 wickets record during the fourth day of the third and final Test cricket match between Pakistan and New Zealand at the Sheikh Zayed International Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on 6 December, 2018.

Fast bowler Tim Southee, playing his first Test of the series, took 3-42 while 34-year-old debutant William Somerville and fellow spinner Ajaz Patel, playing his third Test, shared six wickets.

Yasir began the Abu Dhabi Test with 195 wickets in 32 Tests and on the opening day grabbed three early wickets but BJ Watling resisted with 77 not out, leaving him having to complete his landmark in the second innings. Their last was a Williamson-inspired 2-1 victory over the West Indies in 2014, and before that you go way back to England in 1999.

It was a smart declaration - giving Pakistan enough temptation to chase for the victory, but some stellar bowling made sure they never got close. Four years ago under Brendon McCullum in the United Arab Emirates they came back to win by an innings in Sharjah and level it 1-1.


"A fantastic performance to be a part of", Williamson said. Beating Pakistan in their backyard is very tough.

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

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

Wellington-born Somerville arrived via Sydney, played two first-class matches for Auckland then was whistled up when Todd Astle was ruled out with injury.

On Day four in Abu Dhabi, Yasir has been extremely consistent with his lines, attacking the stumps in the 3rd innings.

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