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

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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.

He took 12 wickets in that 2-0 series win over Australia in United Arab Emirates in 2014 and followed that with 15 against New Zealand in a 1-1 draw the same year.

Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah became the fastest cricketer to take 200 Test wickets on Thursday, breaking an 82-year-old record and putting Pakistan within sight of a series win in the third and final Test against New Zealand. He took 21 and 25 wickets respectively in series wins over the West Indies. "We know how formidable Pakistan are, certainly in their backyard they're a very hard side to beat".

New Zealand won the first Test by four runs in Abu Dhabi while Pakistan were victorious in the second by an innings and 16 runs in Dubai.

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

It was New Zealand's fifth Test series win in their last six played since November 2016.

Shah's fifth wicket of the contest in his 33rd Test saw him replace Australian Clarrie Grimmett as the fastest man to claim 200 Test victims.

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.

Somerville had Haris Sohail caught off a tentative push in the slip with his third ball of the first over for nine and next ball had first innings centurion Asad Shafiq caught behind off the glove.

If Kane Williamson was New Zealand's obvious saviour; Will Somerville was the most unlikely enforcer. Henry Nicholls reached his third Test century, and first away from home, and finished on 126 not out.

Resuming on 26-2, the Black Caps lost nightwatchman William Somerville (4) in the seventh over of the day as the debutant was trapped in front of the wicket by leg-spinner Yasir Shah.



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