Pakistan vs New Zealand 2018, 2nd Test at Dubai Yasir Shah: After Sunday treated us with thrilling performances of T20I cricket during India vs Australia series, it was the turn of Monday to maintain the heat in cricket’s purest format (Test cricket). And, there is one man who easily answered all the prayers of cricket fanatics all around the world with a memorable and historical spell of bowling that will be remembered for the ages. You guessed it right, we are talking about Pakistan’s Yasir Shah, who becomes the first ever Pakistan cricketer to bag 10 wickets in a day’s play in Test cricket.
During the second Test between Pakistan and New Zealand, Shah’s mesmerising spin and guile hook, line and sinker left the Kiwi batsmen bamboozled on day three in Dubai. From 50-0 to 90 all out, New Zealand batting unit suffered one of the sensational collapses in the history of cricket’s most traditional format. The 32-year old Yasir became the first player after India’s Anil Kumble (since 1999) to take 10 wickets in a single day of a Test match.
Kumble etched his name in the history books by taking 10 wickets in an innings to take India to a memorable victory in a Test match against arch-rivals Pakistan. Kumble achieved this feat on February 7, 1999 at the iconic Feroz Shah Kotla cricket ground, Delhi.
Best figures for Pakistani bowlers in Test innings:
Abdul Qadir 9/56 against England
Sarfraz Nawaz 9/86 against Australia
Yasir Shah 8/41 against New Zealand today
Earlier, the Swabi-born leg-spinner took a career-best eight-wicket haul as New Zealand were forced to follow-on on the third day of the second Test in Dubai on Monday. Yasir’s 8-41 in 12.3 overs rocked New Zealand to 90 all out and after follow-on they were 39-1 at tea, needing another 289 runs with nine wickets left to avoid an innings defeat.
Tom Latham (19) and Ken Williamson (13) were at the crease as Yasir’s destruction gave Pakistan a good chance of levelling the series after losing the first Test by four runs in Abu Dhabi last week.
Yasir dismissed opener Jeet Raval for his ninth wicket in the match, stumped for two. Earlier, rain had delayed the start of the third day by an hour but when the action started Yasir was lightening, bowling to his best ability on a turning Dubai stadium pitch.
Yasir dismissed Latham (22), Ross Taylor (nought) and Henry Nicholls (nought) in his ninth over, triggering a collapse during which New Zealand lost all their ten wickets for just 40 runs after being well set on 50 without loss.
Yasir’s bowling figures — his 15th five-wicket haul — beat his previous best of 7-76 against Sri Lanka at Galle in 2015 and also the best against New Zealand. Earlier, Intikhab Alam (7-52) held the record for Pakistan’s best bowling against New Zealand, achieved at Dunedin in 1973.