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Yasir Shah emulates Anil Kumble, becomes first bowler to pick 10 wickets in a day in Test cricket after almost 20 years

Yasir Shah, the wily leg-spinner picked up 8 wickets in the first innings as the Kiwis went from 50 for no loss to 90 all out. Shah returned with personal best figures of 8/41 in 12.3 overs as Pakistan earned a 328-run lead over their opponents.

cricket Updated: Nov 27, 2018 16:15 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Pakistani spinner Yasir Shah (R) celebrates with captain Sarfraz Ahmed after the dismissal of New Zealand batsman Jeet Raval during the third day of the second Test cricket match between Pakistan and New Zealand at the Dubai International Stadium in Dubai on November 26, 2018. (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI / AFP)(AFP)

Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah’s ability to run through opposition batting line-ups in the dust bowls of middle-east are well known and that was on display yet again on Monday as he created a magic web around New Zealand’s batsmen.

The wily leg-spinner picked up 8 wickets in the first innings as the Kiwis went from 50 for no loss to 90 all out. Shah returned with personal best figures of 8/41 in 12.3 overs as Pakistan earned a 328-run lead over their opponents.

Asked to follow the Kiwis were once again targetted by Shah as he picked up 2 wickets in 15 overs to complete 10 wickets in a day. As a result, the Pakistani became the first bowler since Indian legend Anil Kumble to pick up 10 wickets in a day of a Test match.

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Kumble’s feat interestingly came against Pakistan on February 7, 1999 as he polished off all 10 wickets to join England’s Jim Laker as the only other bowler to pick up all ten wickets in an innings of a Test match.

Shah picked up 7 wickets in the space of 27 balls to register the third best bowling figures for a Pakistani bowler in Tests behind Abdul Qadir’s 9 for 56 and Sarfraz Nawaz’s 9 for 86.

It took 19 years, 9 months and 19 days for a bowler to emulate Kumble’s record.

First Published: Nov 26, 2018 19:43 IST