HIGHLIGHTS

 

⚬ Yasir Shah claimed ten wickets on day 3 of Dubai Test

 

⚬ His 8/41 is the third-best bowling figures for a Pakistani bowler

 

⚬ The Blackcaps were reduced to 90 all out in their first innings

 

⚬ New Zealand were forced to follow on after a trail of 328 runs

 

⚬ Yasir Shah strikes twice in New Zealand’s 2nd innings

 

⚬ New Zealand is 131 for the loss of two wickets at Stumps Day 3

 


New Zealand held their nerve till the last moment to seal victory in a thriller first Test match, at Abu Dhabi. The story that has unfolded in the 2nd Test match, that started on November 24, has New Zealand all shaken. Pakistan spinner Yasir Shah claimed eight wickets to reduce the visitors to 90 all out in their first innings.

Pakistan batted for almost two days and declared during the latter part of the 3rd session of Day 2 when they were on 418/5 with Babar Azam on 127 not out. Pakistan had two centurions and overall three high scorers in that innings. After Colin de Grandhomme picked up two early wickets in the form of both openers Imam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Hafeez, the New Zealand bowling attack couldn’t do much. Asad Shafiq(81), Haris Sohail(147) and Babar Azam(127 n.o.) put Pakistan on top. All efforts by the Kiwi bowlers were rendered futile and they could only claim five Pakistani wickets before Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed declared the innings. At Stumps Day 2, New Zealand were 24 for no loss in 9 overs.

Day 3 had told a different story and the game was suddenly a bowler-dominated engagement. The first wicket for New Zealand fell when Jeet Raval was dismissed by Yasir Shah and New Zealand were on 50 for the loss of 1 wicket. From then on, he dismissed to top 4 before Lunch as the scorecard read 63 for 4 at the end of 29 overs. Thereafter, a three-wicket maiden over from Yasir Shah left New Zealand in a shambles. Yasir Shah removed Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls for a duck and also dismissed BJ Watling in the 30th over. 

Yasir Shah didn’t look back and completely destroyed New Zealand from then on. A total of six ducks were sported on New Zealand’s batting scorecard as they were bowled out for 90. Skipper Kane Williamson, who remained not out on 28 watched from the other end as the wickets kept tumbling down. New Zealand were asked to follow on and by the end of Day 3 as they remained on 131/2 with Tom Latham on 44* and Ross Taylor on 49*. The two wickets that New Zealand lost in their 2nd innings were also claimed by Yasir Shah. So he became the first bowler to bag 10 wickets on a single day of Test since Anil Kumble did it on 1999. 

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