After enduring an innings and 16-run loss against Pakistan in the second Test at Dubai, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson conceded that they were done in by Yasir Shah in the first innings.
After enduring an innings and 16-run loss against Pakistan in the second Test at Dubai, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson conceded that they were done in by Yasir Shah in the first innings.

After enduring an innings and 16-run loss against Pakistan in the second Test at Dubai, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson conceded that they were done in by Yasir Shah in the first innings.

SCORECARD: Pakistan vs New Zealand, 2nd Test, Dubai

New Zealand were bundled out for 90 on day three, with Yasir claiming career-best 8/41 after Pakistan had posted 418/5d in their first innings.

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“We were just put out by Yasir in the first innings,” said Williamson during the post-match presentation.

“He bowled in some very, very demanding areas, but at the same time we do need to be better in that area. There was some help for the spinners and they took full advantage of it. They batted for two days and brought it to a stage where there was help for their spinners,” he said.

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However, after their surrender to Yasir in the first innings, New Zealand did remarkably well in the second innings to post 312, but Yasir once again was chief destroyer, claiming 6/143 in the second innings, a total of  14 wickets for the match – the joint-highest for a Pakistan bowler in Tests alongside the legendary Imran Khan.

“There were great improvements with the bat in the second innings,” said Williamson, adding, “ and the wicket had aged a little bit more (in the second innings); so to get 300 was an improvement batting last. But the damage was done in that one session when we lost seven wickets.”

Williamson hailed Yasir, who not has 195 Tests scalps in just 32 Tests, as an exceptional bowler.

“They played to the conditions really nicely. Yasir bowled a number of very good deliveries, he’s an exceptional bowler and a great challenge to face. We’ll obviously be facing all of them again so it is important that we learn some lessons quickly. It was a one-sided looking match and we need to look to Abu Dhabi now to get back in the series.” the skipper added.

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