Pakistan level series with Shah’s 14 wickets in the match


Pakistan’s leg-spin sensation, Yasir Shah took 14 wickets in the game to give Pakistan the all-important series-levelling victory in Dubai on Tuesday.

Yasir Shah created history as he equalled Imran Khan’s record of taking most wickets, 14 in a match for Pakistan. He took eight wickets in the first inning and took six in the second to seal the win for his team. He also created history by taking ten wickets in a day, eight in the first inning, while two wickets in the second inning on the third day of the Test, which made him the first leg-spinner after Anil Kumble to do so.

The hosts restricted the Blackcaps for 312 runs in the third inning of the second Test match courtesy of Henry Nichols resilient 77-run inning. On the other hand, Ross Taylor scored 81 runs, while Tom Latham also scored a half-century.

The visitors posed a challenge to Pakistan’s 328-run lead when they were three down for 146 runs, but they started losing the plot as soon as they lost Ross Taylor, followed by BJ Watling. Hasan Ali and Yasir Shah removed Colin de Grandhomme and Ish Sodhi in quick successions respectively.

New Zealand’s tail failed to make any significant contribution, which eventually gave the Men in Green a win by 16 runs and an inning.

Hasan Ali and Bilal Asif took three and one wicket respectively.

Earlier in the match, Pakistan had a poor start losing their openers, Mohammad Hafeez and Imam Ul Haq cheaply on 25 runs. However, Azhar Ali and Haris Sohail sailed Pakistan’s ship with a 126-run partnership, where Ali fell after scoring 81.

Asad Shafiq did not have a memorable outing in the inning. The left-handed Sohail and the right-handed Babar Azam joined hands to grind New Zealand bowlers with their slow and steady batting, both went on to score centuries. Sohail scored 147 before getting out, while Azam, who scored his maiden Test ton, remained not out on 127.