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3rd Test, Day 4: Kane Williamson Puts New Zealand On The Front Foot vs Pakistan

Williamson had nice reinforce from Henry Nicholls who made 90 no longer out all over an unbroken 5th wicket partnership of 212 that has given New Zealand a lead of 198 with six wickets closing. With the collection tied at 1-1, the general day of this remaining Take a look at guarantees to be attention-grabbing with each side in a position to successful.

The day started in prime anticipation with New Zealand resuming at 26-2 and Yasir taking the ball to bowl the 3rd over. He wanted only one wicket to damage a report set 82 years in the past by way of the good Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett who had wanted 36 Assessments to achieve the milestone of 200 Take a look at wickets.
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When Yasir trapped nightwatchman Will Somerville leg earlier than for 4 along with his 13th supply of the day, he reached the 200-wicket mark in simply his 33rd Take a look at.

“Ever since I knew this report it was my dream to take quickest 200 wickets and it got here true as of late,” stated Yasir, who nonetheless hopes Pakistan can pull off a win.
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“The wicket is gradual however it’s turning from the patches. We need to bowl them and take a look at to head for the chase. That’s what we’re going to check out as there’s nonetheless one complete day left within the fit.”
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Pakistan had hopes of an emphatic win as soon as Shaheen Shah Afridi had Ross Taylor stuck hooking for 22 with the overall at 60-Four.

— Masterclass —

¬†However they have been undone by way of Williamson’s masterclass and an innings from Nicholls that grew in self belief however, like his spouse, loved a marginally of success.

The important thing second for Pakistan within the box got here when Yasir dropped Williamson on 87 off Bilal Asif when he did not catch a complete blooded pull at square-leg.

Williamson, who scored 89 within the first innings, drove medium pacer Hasan Ali to the quilt boundary for his 12th 4 to finish a neatly deserved 19th Take a look at century — his 2nd towards Pakistan.

Nicholls additionally survived a noisy leg-before enchantment off Yasir when on 3, however Pakistan erred by way of no longer reviewing the not-out determination because the ball tracker confirmed it might have hit the leg stump.

Nicholls effectively challenged a leg-before verdict on 9 and used to be dropped on 50 by way of Imam-ul-Haq off a luckless Yasir. He has up to now hit 8 barriers.

Their partnership has advanced the former fifth-wicket report towards Pakistan of 183 set by way of Mark Burgess and Robert Anderson in Lahore in 1976.

Yasir has figures of 2-107 whilst Shaheen has taken 2-55.

Yasir, whose 14 wickets helped Pakistan stage the collection 1-1 in Dubai, now has 27 wickets within the collection.

His 14 for 184 have been the second one absolute best fit figures in a Take a look at for Pakistan, at the back of former captain and present top minister of Pakistan Imran Khan, who bagged 14 for 116 towards Sri Lanka in Lahore in 1982.

Yasir used to be additionally the quickest Pakistani to 50 wickets (9 Assessments), and reached 100 wickets in 17 Assessments — 2nd most effective to Englishman George Lohmann who set the report of 16 in 1896.

He’s the 7th Pakistani bowler to take 200 or extra wickets in a listing crowned by way of speedy bowler Wasim Akram’s 414 in 104 Assessments.

(With AFP inputs)

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