Yasir’s extraordinary effort was described as one the best by skipper Sarfraz Ahmed.
Yasir’s extraordinary effort was described as one the best by skipper Sarfraz Ahmed.

After a record equalling haul of 14 wickets in a match – joint-highest for a Pakistan bowler in a Test – against New Zealand in Pakistan’s innings and 16-run win in the series levelling 2nd Test at Dubai International Cricket Stadium , Dubai on Tuesday, leg spinner Yasir Shah stated this has been his best bowling performance.

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“I don’t think I have bowled better, the wicket was helping with the bounce and break,” said Yasir during the post-match presentation.

Yasir claimed 8/41 in the first innings to bowl out New Zealand for 90 and then added 6/143 in the second innings. Yasir, who missed out of the tour of Ireland and England owing to hip bone injury, claimed his first Man-of-the-Match award since his return.

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“This was my first Man of the Match award and I was only looking to focus on my line and lengths. In the earlier series I didn’t have my rhythm properly,” said Yasir, adding that after Pakistan’s shock loss to NZ in the first Test by four runs, the wanted to comeback hard.

“We were disappointed after the first match and we wanted to come back hard. We got them out for 90, but they fought back well in the next innings. The pitch had eased out too, it wasn’t turning or breaking, but we did well to get them out. I am working on my googly and it is coming out well and hopefully I’ll improve day by day,” added Yasir.

The leg-spinner is now at 195 wickets from 32 Tests and well on course to become the fastest bowler to 200 Test wickets, breaking an 82-year old record of Australia’s Clarrie Grimmett who took 37 Tests to 200 wickets.

Yasir’s extraordinary effort was described as one the best by skipper Sarfraz Ahmed.

“Yasir Shah’s spell was one of the best I have ever seen in my four-year Test career,” said Sarfraz.

“We had a meeting in Abu Dhabi after the match where we spoke that we would leave everything then and there. The batsmen then stepped up and scored big runs and we declared at a point where we had a chance to bowl four-five overs to them. But then the credit must go to Yasir and Hasan Ali, who gave good support from the other end,” he added.

Pakistan will face New Zealand in the series decider in Abu Dhabi in the third Test starting December 3.