Pakistani player Shah helps keep New Zealand in just 90 races


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (Reuters) – Pakistan midfielder Yasir Shah helped keep New Zealand in just 90 races with a career-high 8-41 on the third day of the second test on Monday.

Six New Zealand beaters were fired by zero, while captain Kane Williamson was undefeated with 28.

Pakistan, which lagged behind the three-game series 1-0, strengthened the scoring after receiving a whopping 328 times in the first round.

New Zealand were tied at 61-1, but lost nine wickets for 29 runs against Shah to be eliminated at just 35.3 after the lunch break.

Shah drew a sharp twist from the wicket when he won three wickets in five innings in his last round before lunch.

The leg spinner attacked four more wickets after the break in quick succession, with B.J. Watling running out and Colin of Grandhomme fastened on the leg before the wicket by Hasan Ali.

Unusual rains in Dubai delayed the start of the day by an hour before New Zealand resumed 24-0.

Fast forward strikers Mohammad Abbas and Hasan tied both of them with their impressive swing and bowling before Shah moved past the top spot.

Asad Shafiq had a low drop after Hasan's delivery, which could have dismissed Jeet Raval (31) in his score of 17. Pakistan did not have to wait long to get to the breakthrough when southpaw Raval played while attempting an ambitious turnaround for Shah .

The Shah's triple attack started the New Zealand collapse in the penultimate place before lunch.

Tom Latham (22), one of the three beaters who reached double digits, was caught near the wicket by Imam-ul-Haq on the side of the leg.

Ross Taylor's fights continued in the series when, a ball later, he was knocked over after playing around the sharp rotation of Shah's leg.

Shah also made the left-hander Nichols leave New Zealand in trouble at lunch at 63-4. He then went through the middle and fooled the tail-enders with their top spinners to leave Pakistan with a chance to tie the three-game series.

New Zealand won the first test in four races when Pakistan capitulated to 171 races while pursuing a 176-round goal.

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