Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah rattled New Zealand by claiming eight wickets in the first innings of the second Test at UAE. And doing so, he scripted history and registered the best figures against New Zealand ever in Tests along with claiming ten wickets in a single day.
Responding to Pakistan’s first-inning total of 418 runs, Kiwi openers Tom Latham and J Raval added fifty-runs for the first wicket and then Yasir happened. The leggie first removed Raval and then sent back Latham, Ross Taylor and H Nicholls in one over.
Yasir continued to wreck New Zealand in his next overs and accounted for key players like BJ Watling and C de Grandhomme.
The Pakistan leg-spinner claimed eight wickets and by the time he was finished, New Zealand had lost all their ten wickets for just 90 runs and were forced to follow-on. From 50 for no loss, New Zealand slipped to 90 for all out.
But that was not the end of Yasir’s magic. To the Kiwi team’s dismay the leggie picked two more wickets in New Zealand’s second innings to end the day with ten wickets, a rare feat achieved by only one other bowler in the history of Test cricket, Anil Kumble.
You can watch the Pakistan leggie weaving his magic at UAE here –
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Courtesy of Yasir’s mind-boggling performance, Pakistan is enjoying a upper hand against New Zealand in the second Test. A massive lead of 318 runs in the first-innings allowed Pakistan to force New Zealand to follow-on and at stumps on day three New Zealand are at 132 for 2 wickets down.
The Kiwi team is still trailing by 197 runs and have eight wickets in hand.