Pakistan's Shah fastest to 200 Test scalps

Jose Verdugo
Diciembre 6, 2018

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.

Another leg-spinner, Clarrie Grimmett, previously held the record having reached Test wicket number 200 in his 36th Test.

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 two added 212 runs for the fifth wicket to frustrate Pakistan, meanwhile added a healthy 198-run lead before the last day of the Test and the series.

New Zealand, resuming at 26 for 2 on Thursday, fell to 37 for 3 after Yasir removed Somerville and were still needing 37 runs to make Pakistan bat again.

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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However, Pakistan's three dropped catches, two of them comparatively hard, would hurt them if New Zealand go on to draw the Test and walk away with a drawn three-match series.

His 14 for 184 were the second best match figures in a Test for Pakistan, behind the former captain and current prime minister of Pakistan Imran Khan, who bagged 14 for 116 against Sri Lanka in Lahore in 1982.

On the next day, the 32-year-old picked up four more victims to take his Test wickets tally to 195 in 32 matches.

He took 12 wickets in that 2-0 series win over Australia in United Arab Emirates and followed with 15 against New Zealand in a 1-1 draw the same year. He took 21 and 25 wickets respectively in series wins over the West Indies.

Yasir was also the fastest Pakistani to 50 wickets (nine Tests), reached 100 wickets in 17 Tests - second only to Englishman George Lohmann who took 16 matches during a Test in Johannesburg in 1896.

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