Yasir Shah breaks Clarrie Grimmett's 82 years old record

Ruben Hill
December 6, 2018

Shah trapped New Zealand nightwatchman Will Somerville lbw on Thursday's fourth day of the third and final Test at Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Stadium to achieve the feat in his 33rd Test.

Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah created history as he broke an 82-year-old record during the third Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi on the fourth day.

Skipper Kane Williamson was batting on a pugnacious 55 for his 29th fifty - and second in the match - and with him Henry Nicholls unbeaten on a chancy 20, as New Zealand led by 36 runs with six wickets intact.

Following Grimmett and Ashwin, Australia's Dennis Lillee (38 Tests), Pakistan's Waqar Younis (38 Tests) and South Africa's Dale Steyn (39 Tests) held the top five spots in the list of fastest to 200 wickets before Yasir Shah achieved the milestone.

On Day four in Abu Dhabi, Yasir has been extremely consistent with his lines, attacking the stumps in the 3rd innings. The two added 212 runs for the fifth wicket to frustrate Pakistan, meanwhile added a healthy 198-run lead before the last day of the Test and the series.

The series saw New Zealand win the first Test, while Pakistan staged a comeback in the second to level things.

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. Yasir Shah notched up figures of 8 for 41 in the first innings and 2 for 65 in the second innings (follow-on) on Day three of the second Test. But BJ Watling resisted with 77 not out, delaying his record until the second innings.

Yasir took eight wickets in the opening Test against New Zealand but was unable to prevent the Kiwis from clinching a narrow victory.

He has taken 114 of his 200 wickets on spinner-friendly wickets in the United Arab Emirates in 17 Tests. He took 21 and 25 wickets respectively in series wins over the West Indies.

As well as being the quickest bowler to 200 wickets, Yasir was the joint-second fastest to 100 Test wickets and the fastest Pakistani to 50 wickets.

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