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Yasir Shah fastest to 200 Test wickets, breaks 82-year record

AFP  |  Abu Dhabi 

Pakistan's leg-spinner Thursday became the fastest to take 200 Test wickets, breaking an 82-year-old record on the fourth day of the third Test against

The 32-year-old trapped nightwatchman Will leg before for four -- his second wicket of the second innings -- to reach the milestone in his 33rd Test, beating Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett's record of 36 Tests achieved against in in 1936.

Yasir, whose 14 wickets helped level the series 1-1 in Dubai, now has 27 wickets in the three Tests against

His 14 for 184 were the second best match figures in a Test for Pakistan, behind former and current of Imran Khan, who bagged 14 for 116 against in in 1982.

New Zealand, resuming at 26 for 2 on Thursday, fell to 37 for 3 after Yasir removed and were still needing 37 runs to make bat again.

Yasir began the Abu Dhabi Test with 195 wickets in 32 Tests and on the opening day grabbed three early wickets but BJ Watling resisted with 77 not out, leaving him having to complete his landmark in the second innings.

Since taking seven wickets on debut against in 2014, Yasir has been a key figure in Pakistan's Test team.

He took 12 wickets in that 2-0 series win over in in 2014 and followed that with 15 against New Zealand in a 1-1 draw the same year.

That was followed by 24 wickets against in 2015 and 10 in a match to beat England at Lord's a year later. He took 21 and 25 wickets respectively in series wins over the

Yasir was also the fastest Pakistani to 50 wickets (nine Tests), reached 100 wickets in 17 Tests -- second only to Englishman who took 16 matches during a Test in in 1896.

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 14:15 IST
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