PM congratulates Yasir Shah on breaking 82-year-old record

Yasir Shah was run out in comical fashion. More

Yasir Shah was run out in comical fashion. More

Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah became the fastest cricketer to take 200 Test wickets on Thursday, breaking an 82-year-old record and putting Pakistan within sight of a series win in the third and final Test against New Zealand.

The 32-year-old Shah took seven wickets in his 2014 debut Test against Australia in Dubai.

Pakistan tightened up to lower the scoring rate but could not stop Williamson from completing his 19th test century and Nicholls from inching closer to his third. "The wicket is slow but it is turning from the patches. That is what we are going to try as there is still one full day left in the match".

Ross Taylor's (22 off 14 balls) over aggressive approach ultimately led to his downfall when he was caught in the deep as New Zealand slumped to 4-60.

The key moment for Pakistan in the field came when Yasir dropped Williamson on 87 off Bilal Asif when he failed to catch a full blooded pull at square-leg.

Yasir Shah notched up figures of 8 for 41 in the first innings and 2 for 65 in the second innings (follow-on) on Day three of the second Test.

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Pakistan - and Shah - thought they had Nicholls on nine but he successfully overturned a lbw decision against him. He has so far hit eight boundaries.

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

Shah also equalled Pakistan's record of most wickets in a Test by claiming 14 scalps last week in the second match against New Zealand.

By dismissing William Somerville roughly half an hour into the morning, he picked up his 200th Test wicket in just his 33rd Test. PAKISTAN (1st Innings) 348 (Azhar Ali 134, Asad Shafiq 104; W.E.R. Somerville 4-75). Williamson was not out on 139 off 282 balls having batted through the day, with middle-order batsman Henry Nicholls keeping him company on 90 as New Zealand reached 272-4 at stumps to swing the deciding test in their favour.

The other wicket of day four went to Shaheen Afridi, who now has two wickets from 16 overs, giving 55 runs in the process.

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