Yasir Shah smashes 82-year-old record

Carrie Guzman
December 7, 2018

Yasir, 32, trapped New Zealand's William Somerville LBW to claim his 200th Test scalp.

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.

Sarfraz's side nevertheless regained control of the match by picking up two quick New Zealand wickets to leave them in trouble at 26-2 in 14 overs at close of play.

A series win would be their first against opposition other than Bangladesh, the West Indies, or Zimbabwe since they beat England in 1999.

New Zealand will be in charge and favored for the series win when it will probably decide to end its second innings and leave enough time to bowl out Pakistan.

Southee struck first, with a handsome delivery that straightened and beat the outside edge of Mohammad Hafeez.

"A fantastic performance to be a part of, we know how formidable Pakistan are, certainly in their Pakistan they're a very hard side to beat".

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Patel ended Azam's 114-ball resistance before getting the last wicket when he dismissed Hasan Ali for four, sparking celebrations among the New Zealand players. "It's very disappointing to lose a series in conditions which are our own".

On Thursday, Pakistan were at it again as leg-spinner Yasir Shah was run out during their second innings in the series decider against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi. Will Somerville continued a standout debut by taking two wickets in two balls, removing Haris Sohail - caught at slip - and Asad Shafiq - gloving a ball down the legside to Watling.

Pakistan have produced some of the best fast bowlers and batsmen over the years but the Asian giants were never known for their running between wickets.

Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls have scored a record fifth wicket partnership for New Zealand against Pakistan.

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. Pakistan had a chance to take the new ball over the last 24 overs but declined, setting defensive fields to keep down New Zealand's run rate.

Nicholls took a sharp single to complete his third Test hundred and finished with 12 hits to the ropes during his 266-ball knock.

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