Pakistan star Yasir Shah makes history against New Zealand

Tanya Simon
December 7, 2018

Will Somerville is centre of attention as New Zealand spark a Pakistan collapse on day five.

New Zealand, which conceded a 74-run first-innings lead, lead Pakistan by 38 runs with six wickets in hand.

Sarfraz's side nevertheless regained control of the match by picking up two quick New Zealand wickets to leave them in trouble at 26-2 in 14 overs at close of play.

In fact, this century, the Black Caps had only claimed away test series victories over Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, and the West Indies, and considering that Pakistan had trounced Australia in their previous test series, victory should indeed be recognised as a superb accomplishment.

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

Mohammad Hafeez leaves the pitch after his dismissal. "We know how formidable Pakistan are, certainly in their backyard they're a very hard side to beat".

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

The pair's 201-run partnership for the fourth wicket ended when Azhar became off-spinner Somerville's first Test victim.

Pakistan were again let down by sloppy batting and Sarfraz rued missed opportunities.

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Pakistani spinner Yasir Shah (C) holds the ball as he celebrates with teammates after breaking fastest 200 wickets record during the fourth day of the third and final Test cricket match between Pakistan and New Zealand at the Sheikh Zayed International Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on 6 December, 2018.

Offspinner William Somerville claimed two wickets and left-armer Ajaz Patel one to reduce Pakistan to 55-5.

'Yasir has been a phenomenal bowler for Pakistan ever since his Test debut four years ago.

In the last over before lunch Imam-ul-Haq, watching four wickets fell at the other end, gave an easy catch to forward short-leg off Patel for 22.

Kane Williamson failed to add to his overnight score of 139 while Henry Nicholls remained unbeaten on 126 after New Zealand resumed on 272-4.

That 212-run stand between Williamson which brought New Zealand back into the game on Thursday, was finally broken with the very first ball of the day.

He and Nicholls, closing on his third test century, scored 87 in the second session and 73 in the last session.

Shah could have dismissed Nicholls on 3, but Pakistan didn't go for the leg before wicket referral.

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