Yasir Shah Picks 200th Test Wicket, Breaks 82-Year-old Record

Rex Christensen
December 7, 2018

Commentators ran out of adjectives on day four as New Zealand captain Kane Williamson batted out the day to put the visitors in a safe place against Pakistan in the third and final Test in Abu Dhabi.

Skipper Kane Williamson was batting on a pugnacious 55 for his 29th fifty - and second in the match - and with him Henry Nicholls unbeaten on a chancy 20, as New Zealand led by 36 runs with six wickets intact. The teams are tied 1-1 in the three-match series. Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett previously held the record when he got there in his 36th Test, against South Africa in 1936 but when Yasir dismissed William Somerville on day four, he got there in just 33 Tests, thereby breaking the world record.

The day began in high anticipation with New Zealand resuming at 26-2 and Yasir taking the ball to bowl the third over.

Yasir took eight wickets in the opening Test against New Zealand but was unable to prevent the Kiwis from clinching a narrow victory.

Pakistan had hopes of an emphatic win once Shaheen Shah Afridi had Ross Taylor caught hooking for 22 with the total at 60-4.

Yasir Shah notched up figures of 8 for 41 in the first innings and 2 for 65 in the second innings (follow-on) on Day three of the second Test.

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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.

Nicholls also survived a loud leg-before appeal off Yasir when on three, but Pakistan erred by not reviewing the not-out decision as the ball tracker showed it would have hit the leg stump.

"He had to work very hard. there was certainly some help and turn in the surface for Yasir Shah and (offspinner) Bilal and they stuck at their task pretty well", he said.

The Pakistan leg-spinner broke the record for being the fastest to 200 Test wickets.

Nicholls successfully challenged a leg-before verdict on nine and was dropped on 50 by Imam-ul-Haq off a luckless Yasir.

His wicket triggered a Pakistan collapse as they went from 304-5 to 348 all out with Somerville ripping up the tail after tea to finish with figures of 4-75.

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