Yasir Shah fastest to 200 Test wickets, breaks 82-year-old record

Aubrey Yates
December 7, 2018

New Zealand overcame being 60-4 in the morning to reach 272-4 at stumps on the fourth day and regain the advantage in the series decider.

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.

Yasir took eight wickets in the opening Test against New Zealand but was unable to prevent the Kiwis from clinching a narrow victory. He took 21 and 25 wickets respectively in series wins over the West Indies.

New Zealand won the first Test by four runs on the same ground, and lost the second in Dubai by an innings.

Mohammad Hafeez leaves the pitch after his dismissal. Beating Pakistan in their backyard is very tough.

"It was a really great fighting effort, and one we'll remember for a long time".

Somerville, who took 4-75 in the first innings to finish with seven wickets in the match, broke a stubborn 43-run sixth-wicket stand between top scorer Babar Azam (51) and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, who made 28.

Pakistan were again let down by sloppy batting and Sarfraz rued missed opportunities.

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In their first test series under coach Gary Stead, the Black Caps bounced back from a horror second test defeat - and from a dire position early in the third - to truly trounce Pakistan on the final day, bowling them out for 156 in the fourth innings to claim victory.

The other wicket of day four went to Shaheen Afridi, who now has two wickets from 16 overs, giving 55 runs in the process.

Grimmett took his 200th wicket in his 36th Test in 1936.

Captain Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls combined in a terrific double-century stand to propel New Zealand's lead against Pakistan to a valuable 198 runs in the third Test on Thursday.

Shah already has 27 wickets in the series and is likely to break another record in this Test match, the most wickets in a three-Test series, a record which is now held by former Pakistan star Abdul Qadir who took 30 wickets against England in 1987-88.

De Grandhomme struck two boundaries and two sixes as New Zealand added 81 runs in 45 minutes, ensuring they set up a daunting target for Pakistan.

He and Nicholls, closing on his third test century, scored 87 in the second session and 73 in the last session.

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