Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

PM Khan congratulates Yasir Shah on 'stellar' record-breaking performance

Kristopher Love | 07 December, 2018, 20:11

Yasir's strike left New Zealand fighting to save both the match in Abu Dhabi, and the series - now tied at 1-1 - as they reached 112-4 at lunch on the fourth day.

As Bryan Adams crooned, nothing can last forever, and the victory marked just the Black Caps' 15th away test series win - the first in Asia since 1984, and just their second against a major nation since 1986.

Pakistan's spinner Yasir Shah became the fastest bowler to take 200 Test wickets after dismissing William Somerville during the fourth day of the ongoing third Test against New Zealand at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

This was hugely significant for New Zealand, who so rarely win series of three tests or more away from home.

"A fantastic performance to be a part of, we know how formidable Pakistan are, certainly in their Pakistan they're a very hard side to beat".

Yasir was also the fastest Pakistani to 50 wickets (nine Tests), reached 100 wickets in 17 Tests - second only to Englishman George Lohmann who took 16 matches during a Test in Johannesburg in 1896.

"It feels pretty special, and this will be one that the guys remember for a long time".

The Test rankings will next be updated at the conclusion of the two-Test series between New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

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

He struck twice in his first four balls and was on a hat-trick, nicking off left-hander Haris Sohail to a juggling Ross Taylor before Asad Shafiq got a faint glove and BJ Watling held on down the leg side.

Henry Nicholls was twice lucky to remain unbeaten on 20 off 54 deliveries at lunch on the fourth day in Abu Dhabi.

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.

Kane Williamson's defiant half-century led New Zealand to 112-4, reaching a resilient 55 off 86 balls.

"Congratulations to Yasir Shah", the premier tweeted.