ABU DHABI: record-breaking Yasir Shah had to share the day’s honours with New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson on Thursday because the 1/3 and very last test heads towards a gripping very last day in Abu Dhabi.

The early part of the morning at Sheikh Zayed Stadium belonged to Yasir who accumulated the one wicket he needed to emerge as the fastest man to attain 200 wickets in check cricket.

The relaxation of the day, however, belonged to Williamson who played a masterly innings, and was 139 now not out because the Kiwis reached 272-four by means of the close.

Williamson had extraordinary help from Henry Nicholls who made 90 now not out at some stage in an unbroken fifth wicket partnership of 212 that has given New Zealand a lead of 198 with six wickets ultimate.

With the series tied at 1-1, the very last day of this last test guarantees to be charming with each facets capable of prevailing.

The day started in excessive anticipation with New Zealand resuming at 26-2 and Yasir taking the ball to bowl the 1/3 over.

He needed just one wicket to interrupt a document set eighty two years in the past via the fantastic Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett who had needed 36 checks to attain the milestone of 2 hundred test wickets.

while Yasir trapped nightwatchman Will Somer­ville leg earlier than for 4 with his thirteenth transport of the day, he reached the two hundred-wicket mark in only his 33rd test.

“Ever since I knew this report it have become my dream to take quickest 200 wickets and it got here real these days,” stated Yasir, who still hopes Pakistan can pull off a win. “The wicket is gradual however it is turning from the patches. We want to bowl them and try and go for the chase. That's what we are going to try as there may be nonetheless one complete day left in the suit.”

Pakistan had hopes of an emphatic win as soon as Shaheen Shah Afridi had Ross Taylor stuck hooking for 22 with the whole at 60-4.

however they have been undone by means of Williamson’s masterclass and an innings from Nicholls that grew in self assurance however, like his companion, loved a touch of success.

the important thing moment for Pakistan within the subject got here while Yasir dropped Willi­amson on 87 off Bilal Asif whilst he didn't trap a full blooded pull at square-leg.

Williamson, who scored 89 within the first innings, drove medium pacer Hasan Ali to the quilt boundary for his twelfth 4 to complete a well deserved 19th take a look at century — his 2d in opposition to Pakistan.

Nicholls also survived a loud leg-earlier than appeal off Yasir while on three, however Pakistan erred by means of no longer reviewing the no longer-out choice as the ball tracker confirmed it'd have hit the leg stump.

Nicholls successfully challenged a leg-before verdict on 9 and turned into dropped on 50 by using Imam-ul-Haq off a luckless Yasir. He has up to now hit 8 boundaries.

Their partnership has progressed the previous 5th-wicket record towards Pakistan of 183 set by means of Mark Burgess and Robert Ander­son in Lahore in 1976-seventy seven.

Yasir has figures of 2-107 even as Shaheen has taken 2-fifty five.

Yasir, whose 14 wickets helped Pakistan level the collection 1-1 in Dubai, now has 27 wickets inside the series.

His 14-184 were the second one first-class fit figures in a take a look at for Pakistan, behind former captain and modern-day high Minister Imran Khan, who bagged 14-116 towards Sri Lanka in Lahore in 1981-eighty two.

Yasir was also the fastest Pakistani to 50 wickets (nine exams), and reached 100 wickets in 17 checks — 2d most effective to Englishman George Lohmann who set the report of 16 in 1896.

he is the seventh Pakistani bowler to take 200 or greater wickets in a listing topped by rapid bowler Wasim Akram’s 414 in 104 exams.


NEW ZEALAND (1st Innings) 274 (ok.S. Williamson 89, B.J. Watling seventy seven not out, J.A. Raval forty five; Bilal Asif 5-sixty five, Yasir Shah three-75). PAKISTAN (1st Innings) 348 (Azhar Ali 134, Asad Shafiq 104; W.E.R. Somerville 4-seventy five). NEW ZEALAND (second Innings, overnight 26-2): J.A. Raval lbw b Shaheen 0 T.W.M. Latham c Haris b Yasir 10 K.S. Williamson no longer out 139 W.E.R. Somerville lbw b Yasir 4 L.R.P.L. Taylor c Bilal b Shaheen 22 H.M. Nicholls now not out ninety EXTRAS (B-5, LB-1, NB-1) 7 Total (for four wkts, 104 overs) 272 FALL OF WKTS: 1-1, 2-24, three-37, 4-60. BOWLING (to-date): Hasan Ali thirteen-five-37-0; Shaheen Shah Afridi sixteen-5-55-2; Yasir Shah 37-eight-107-2; Bilal Asif 36-6-62-zero (1nb); Azhar Ali 1-0-2-0; Mohammad Hafeez 1-0-3-0.

posted in dawn, December 7th, 2018