HIGHLIGHTS

 

⚬ Yasir Shah produced a match haul of 14/184

 

⚬ Taylor, Latham, Nicholls showed resistance in the second innings

 

⚬ Pakistan level the three-match Test series 1-1


Yasir Shah and the entire Pakistan team celebrated as Yasir Shah ripped off Trent Boult with a signature leg break to wrap up the second Test match, in Dubai. Shah ended up with bowling figures of 14/184 helping Pakistan win the match by an innings and 16 runs. Pakistan are now 1-1 square with New Zealand in this three-match Test series. The third and final decider Test match will be played in Abu Dhabi, starting on December 3rd.

Yasir Shah bowled career-defining spells to dismantle New Zealand and although the Blackcaps made a comeback in their 2nd innings it was way too late. While following on, New Zealand scored 312 runs as opposed to 90 in their first innings. 

Also Read: Yasir Shah Claims Eight Wickets To Destroy New Zealand In The 2nd Test

New Zealand resisted hard, with Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, and Tom Latham all scoring fifties as they pushed to claw their way back in the game. Ross Taylor scored a duck in the first innings but top-scored for New Zealand in the second innings with his 82 off 128. Bilal Asif, Pakistan’s No.8 batsman didn’t get a chance with the bat and remained wicketless until he dismissed Ross Taylor, New Zealand’s most important batsman at that moment. A loose from Taylor was being expected as he had been fidgety for the last 15 minutes of his innings. Looking for another sweep, he landed nowhere near the pitch of that. He closed the face too early and lobbed up a leading edge for Yasir Shah at deep backward square. The fielder ran in five yards and caught the ball easily. 

Henry Nicholls, who had also scored a duck in the first innings, faced 187 deliveries to score 77 and tried to defend as long as possible in the second. But Hasan Ali came in during the 110th over and dismantled Henry’s efforts. He bowled a length ball with just a little bit of movement in. It crept through the tightest of gaps between bat and pad. And as Nicholls stretched forward, his feet never really got close enough to the pitch of the ball. The bat was quite far forward, and the ball went in with the natural angle and clipped the top of off. And Nicholls had to walk as New Zealand were reduced to 301 for the loss of 8 wickets. Yasir Shah came in from there and in no time bowled New Zealand all out for 312. He finished with innings haul of 6 for 143 and match haul of 14 for 184. Pakistan thus squared the three-match Test series 1-1.

Next Fixture

December 03- December 07:  Pakistan vs New Zealand, 3rd Test at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi(10 AM Local Time)

2 COMMENTS

  1. […] Shah picked up 8 wickets in the first test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi but the team lost by mere 4 runs. His 14 wicket-haul helped Pakistan to level the series 1-1 during the second test match against New Zealand in Dubai. Though he took 7 wickets in the last test, batters failed to contribute much. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson (139 off 283) and Henry Nicholls’s (126* off 266) steady centuries guided them to a convincing 123-run win over Pakistan.  […]

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