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Yasir closes on record as New Zealand struggle in final Test

AFP  |  Abu Dhabi 

dismissed three batsmen to come within two wickets of becoming the fastest man to 200 wickets in Test on day one of the third and final Test in on Monday.

The leg-spinner trapped opener Jeet Raval on 45, bowled for nought with his next ball and then for one before reached 73-4 at lunch at

At the break was unbeaten on 21 and with him was not out on nought as they try to repair the damage after winning a crucial toss on a grass-less pitch.

Yasir now has 198 wickets in his 33rd Test, just two shy of Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett's world record 200 wickets in 36 Tests achieved in 1936.

There is all to play for as the series is level at 1-1, after won the first Test by four runs in and bounced back with an innings and 16 runs victory in

New Zealand were cruising along nicely when Yasir started his demolition act in his seventh over, trapping Raval leg before with a faster one.

With his next ball, as the batsman went back but completely missed the ball. In his next over Yasir dismissed Nicholls who played on to his stumps.

Yasir, whose 14 wickets helped level the series in Dubai, has figures of 3-12.

It was teenage left-arm paceman who gave their initial breakthrough, trapping opener leg before for four on debut for his first Test wicket.

New Zealand, who won the first Test by four runs in Abu Dhabi, brought in fast bowler and off-spinner Will in place of and

Shaheen, 18, made his Test debut as a replacement for injured medium pacer

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 14:45 IST