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27-Nov-2018 12:15:00 GMT
Pak v NZ - 2nd Test, Dubai, day 4

Yasir Shah spins Pakistan to series-levelling win

Dubai: The legspin of Yasir Shah has consigned New Zealand to an innings-and-16-run loss on day four of the second Test in Dubai, thus sensationally levelling the series for hosts Pakistan with a match to go.

Having taken 8/41 as New Zealand were skittled for 90 on day three, and then added two more before stumps to become the first bowler since Anil Kumble in 1999 to claim 10 in a day, Yasir added six more on Tuesday to finish with 14 wickets in the Test – drawing level with Imran Khan for the most by a Pakistan bowler.

New Zealand began day four on 131/2 after the follow-on was enforced, and Ross Taylor continued to bat aggressively as he reached his fifty with a boundary first ball. He lost Tom Latham (50) not long after when Hasan Ali found faint edge, and then the offspinner Bilal Asif had Taylor's number on 82 when the batsman mistimed a sweep and for Yasir to take the catch at deep backward square leg.

Henry Nicholls and BJ Watling forged a stand worth 57 in 24.1 overs until Yasir trapped the latter lbw for 27 for his 11th wicket of the match.

A loose swat from Colin de Grandhomme saw Hasan get another, and when Ish Sodhi recklessly exposed his stumps while attempting a paddle sweep off Yasir.

Brief scores:
Pakistan 418 for 5 dec (Haris 147, Babar 127*) beat New Zealand 90 (Yasir 8-41) and 312 (Taylor 82, Nicholls 77, Yasir 6-143, Hasan 3-46) by an innings and 16 runs

Nicholls' resistance was finally broken on 77 courtesy a very good delivery from Hasan in the second over of a new spell, the delivery hitting a length and curving in to sneak past the bat and hit off stump. The left-handed Nicholls batted 187 balls for 77, with featured seven fours and a six.

Yasir's fifth of the innings came in the form of Neil Wagner, who shaped to sweep aerially and got a top edge towards long-on where Hasan held a good running catch. Moments later he wrapped up the Test by having Trent Boult caught behind for 0.

This gave him match figures of 14/184 to sit behind the 14/116 that Imran claimed against Sri Lanka in Lahore in 1982. Yasir and Imran are the only Pakistan bowler with 14 wickets in a Test.

Yasir's 8/41 on Tuesday are the second best figures by a Pakistan spinner in Tests, behind the 9/56 that fellow legspinner Qadir took against England in 1987.


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