Monday , September 26 2022

Shah returns Pak to level levels


The spinner foot Yasir Shah followed his extraordinary performance in the spring, while Pakistan beat New Zealand with a half and 16 rounds in the second test in Dubai on Tuesday to equalize the 1-1 series.

The 32-year-old, who had 8 months for 41, had 6 figures for 143 in the two rounds for a match of 14 for 184.

New Zealand – after being fired for 90 years in the first half – was defeated for 312 soon after the fourth day's tea.

"I came to know yesterday (about Imran Khan's recording), so it's an honor that my name will come with him," Yasir said.

"I did not bend too much, especially with the game offer that jumped and jumped as she did. We wanted to disappoint the first test behind us and prepare the series."

Yasir's figures are the second best return match for Pakistan in cricket tests, improved only by former captain and current Prime Minister Imran Khan who took 14 for 116 against Sri Lanka in Lahore in 1982.

They are also the best players of a Pakistani against New Zealand, defeating 12 of Waqar Younis for 130 in Faisalabad in 1990.

Environment-pacer Hasan Ali was also at the best, taking 3 for 46 as Pakistan won a revenge measure for losing the first four-round test in Abu Dhabi last week.

Returning to 131 for 2 and still needing 197 to make the battle again in Pakistan, the New Zealand batsman, led by Ross Taylor (82), Henry Nicholls (77) and Tom Latham (50), dug for making things hard for Pakistan bowlers.

Nicholls came to the ridge and began to frustrate the bowlers in Pakistan, adding 52 with Taylor for the fourth goal and 57 with BJ Watling for the fifth.

It was a brave stand at Nicholls but as skipper Kane Williamson later admitted the injury was made in the early innings when New Zealand lost all 10 wickets for just 40 rounds in 14 overpants.

"I beat better in the second innings," Williamson said. "But yesterday's session, Yasir put us under enormous pressure and put the ball in the right areas and took us for 90s. This low first inning total has always been a factor."

The end came quickly when Yasir took the last two gates into the space of four balls.


PAKISTAN: First Half 418 for 5 Decl.

NEW ZEALAND: First innings 90

NEW ZEALAND: In two rounds 312 (Latham 50, Williamson 30, Taylor 82, Nicholls 77, Watling 27, Hasan 3-46, Yasir 6-143)

result: Pakistan has won from a round and 16 rounds and 3 matches at level 1-1.

Player-of-the-match: Yasir Shah.

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