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Yasir Shah surpasses 82-year-old record to create Test history

07 December 2018, 08:07 | Charlene Valdez

Pakistani leg-spinner Yasir Shah become the fastest bowler to reach 200 wickets in Test cricket

Pakistani leg-spinner Yasir Shah become the fastest bowler to reach 200 wickets in Test cricket

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.

Shah also equalled Pakistan's record of most wickets in a Test by claiming 14 scalps last week in the second match against New Zealand.

New Zealand have consolidated their fourth position in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings following the conclusion of their three-Test series in the UAE, which their series win by 2-1.

Fast bowler Tim Southee, playing his first Test of the series, took 3-42 while 34-year-old debutant William Somerville and fellow spinner Ajaz Patel, playing his third Test, shared six wickets. Yasir Shah notched up figures of 8 for 41 in the first innings and 2 for 65 in the second innings (follow-on) on Day three of the second Test. His 29 wickets saw him named man of the series. Their last was a Williamson-inspired 2-1 victory over the West Indies in 2014, and before that you go way back to England in 1999.

They've never done it in India, and in Pakistan just once in 1969 with victory in Lahore and two draws.

"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".

"It feels pretty special, and this will be one that the guys remember for a long time".

Wellington-born Somerville arrived via Sydney, played two first-class matches for Auckland then was whistled up when Todd Astle was ruled out with injury.

The 32-year-old trapped nightwatchman Will Somerville leg before for four - his second wicket of New Zealand's second innings - to reach the milestone in his 33rd Test, beating Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett's record of 36 Tests set against South Africa in Johannesburg in 1936.

Somerville had Haris Sohail caught off a tentative push in the slip with his third ball of the first over for nine and next ball had first innings centurion Asad Shafiq caught behind off the glove.

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