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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 17 December 2018

Pakistan's Yasir Shah becomes fastest bowler to 200 Test wickets

The leg-spinner reached the milestone on Day 4 of the final Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi, breaking an 82-year-old record

Pakistan spinner Yasir Shah, centre, celebrates with teammates after breaking the fastest to 200 Test wickets record during the fourth day of the third and final Test against New Zealand at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. AFP
Pakistan spinner Yasir Shah, centre, celebrates with teammates after breaking the fastest to 200 Test wickets record during the fourth day of the third and final Test against New Zealand at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. AFP

Yasir Shah became the fastest bowler to take 200 Test wickets on Thursday, breaking an 82-year-old record on the fourth day of the third Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi.

The 32-year-old Pakistan leg-spinner trapped nightwatchman Will Somerville leg before for four - his second wicket of the New Zealand second innings - to reach the milestone in his 33rd Test, beating Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett's record of 36 Tests achieved against South Africa in Johannesburg in 1936.

Yasir, whose 14 wickets helped Pakistan level the series 1-1 in Dubai, now has 27 wickets in the three Tests against New Zealand.

His 14-184 were the second best match figures in a Test for Pakistan, behind former captain and current prime minister of Pakistan Imran Khan, who bagged 14-116 against Sri Lanka in Lahore in 1982.

New Zealand, resuming at 26-2 on Thursday, fell to 37-3 after Yasir removed Somerville and were still needing 37 runs to make Pakistan bat again.

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.

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