Wednesday , February 24 2021

Shah turns Pac to series series

Yasir Shah followed his incredible first performance with a six-wicket session as Pakistan was fighting New Zealand with a session and 16 runs in the second Test in Dubai on Tuesday to complete the 1-1 series.

The 32-year-old, who took 8 for 41 on Monday, figures from 6 to 143 were the second start for an equivalent match of 14 for 184.

New Zealand – followed after being dismissed for 90 in the first session – bowled out for 312 shortly after tea on the fourth day.

"It came to know yesterday (for Imran Khan's record) so it's an honor that my name will come with," said Yasir.

"I have not bent as well as this, especially with turning and bouncing a motion like it was done. We wanted to put the first Test disappointment behind us and set up the series."

Yasir figures are the best ever repatriated return to Pakistan in Cricket Test, offered by former captain and Imran Khan, the First Minister, who took 14 to 116 against Sri Lanka in Lahore in 1982.

They are also the best of a Pakistani basser against New Zealand, beat 12 Waqar Younis at 130 in Faisalabad in 1990.

Half-paced Hasan Ali was also at his best, taking 3 to 46 as Pakistan was earning a mysterious measure of losing the first Test by four running in Abu Dhabi last week.

Resume on 131 for 2 and another 197 needed to make Pakistan bats, New Zealand bats, led by Ross Taylor (82), Henry Nicholls (77) and Tom Latham (50), excavated to do things difficult for the Pakistani bowlers.

Nicholls came to the crew and caused the frustration of the Pakistani bowls, adding 52 with Taylor for the fourth wicket and 57 with BJ Watling for the fifth.

It was a brave stall by Nicholls but as soon as he got Skipper Kane Williamson later, the damage was made in the first record when all of the 10 uniforms lost to New Zealand for only 40 runs in 14 hours.

"We beat better in the second leaflet," said Williamson. "But yesterday yesterday, Yasir gave us under incredible pressure and put the ball in the right areas and we were given for 90. The first total first earnings was always a factor."

The end ended quickly as Yasir raised the last two wickets in the four balls.


SERVICES: First introduction 418 for 5 decl.

NEW ZEALAND: First introduction 90

NEW ZEALAND: Second insert 312 (Latham 50, Williamson 30, Taylor 82, Nicholls 77, Watling 27; Hasan 3-46, Yasir 6-143)

Outcome: Pakistan won a nomination series and 16 runs and a 3-1 level 3-game series.

Player & Email: Yasir Shah.

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