Pakistan leggie Yasir Shah almost single handedly dismissed New Zealand for 90 in their first innings on the third day of the second Test at Dubai, taking 8-41 and having a hand in a run-out.
Shah’s brilliant spell of bowling was yet another superb performance by the leggie and it ensured Pakistan were able to enforce the follow-on as they push for a vital win that would enable them to level the series at 1-1.
Shah dismissed five New Zealanders for ducks on his way to becoming the first Pakistan cricketer to take 10 Test wickets in a day.
Yasir Shah’s first innings haul – 8-41
|JA Raval||b Yasir Shah||31|
|TWM Latham||c Imam-ul-Haq||b Yasir Shah||22|
|LRPL Taylor||b Yasir Shah||0|
|HM Nicholl||b Yasir Shah||0|
|IS Sodhi||c Sarfraz Ahmed||b Yasir Shah||0|
|N Wagner||lbw b Yasir Shah||0|
|AY Patel||lbw b Yasir Shah||4|
|TA Boult||st Sarfraz Ahmed||b Yasir Shah||0|
Yasir Shah’s second innings haul – 2-65 (innings in progress)
|JA Raval||st Sarfraz Ahmed||b Yasir Shah||2|
|KS Williamson||c Sarfraz Ahmed||b Yasir Shah||30|
Yasir Shah's magical spell of 8 for 41 which skittled the New Zealand team for 90 in the first innings of the second Test.
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Shah’s been on an incredible run of form in his last nine Test matches, picking up eight or more wickets in a Test on eight occasions, in the process average 7.44 wickets per Tests, which is an incredible rate of consistency for a bowler who – surprisingly – is only ranked in 19th place on the ICC’s Test bowler rankings.
Yasir Shah’s great run of 8-fors
|2-91||6-63||8||West Indies||21 Apr 2017|
|2-83||7-94||9||West Indies||30 Apr 2017|
|3-126||5-92||8||West Indies||10 May 2017|
|3-120||5-51||8||Sri Lanka||28 Sep 2017|
|6-184||2-47||8||Sri Lanka||6 Oct 2017|
|0-80||4-114||4||Australia||7 Oct 2018|
|1-59||3-45||4||Australia||16 Oct 2018|
|3-54||5-110||8||New Zealand||16 Nov 2018|
|8-41||2-65||10||New Zealand||24 Nov 2018|
His 8-41 was also the third-best Test bowling figures in an innings by a Pakistan bowler, slipping ahead of Pakistan cricket legend (and current Prime Minister of Pakistan) Imran Khan.
Pakistan’s best Test bowling figures in an innings
|Abdul Qadir||37||13||56||9||1.51||England||25 Nov 1987|
|Sarfraz Nawaz||35.4×8||7||86||9||1.81||Australia||10 Mar 1979|
|Yasir Shah||12.3||1||41||8||3.28||New Zealand||24 Nov 2018|
|Imran Khan||29.3||8||58||8||1.96||Sri Lanka||22 Mar 1982|
|Imran Khan||20.1||4||60||8||2.97||India||23 Dec 1982|
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