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Thursday, 6 December 2018

Pakistan star shatters 82-year old Test record


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Pakistan legspinner Yasir Shah has become the quickest bowler to take 200 wickets in Test history.

Shah trapped New Zealand nightwatchman Will Somerville lbw on Thursday's fourth day of the third and final Test at Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Stadium to achieve the feat in his 33rd Test.

Australian legspinner Clarrie Grimmett had held the record since 1936 when he took wicket No.200 in his 36th Test, playing South Africa in Johannesburg.

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

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.

He has taken 114 of his 200 wickets on spinner-friendly wickets in the United Arab Emirates in 17 Tests.

Shah already has 27 wickets in the series and is likely to break another record in this Test match, the most wickets in a three-Test series, a record which is currently held by former Pakistan star Abdul Qadir who took 30 wickets against England in 1987-88.

The 32-year-old is enjoying a prolific 2018 which has seen him pick up a staggering 35 wickets in just five Test matches at an average of 22.42.

Pakistan legspinner Yasir Shah has become the quickest bowler to take 200 wickets in Test history.

Shah trapped New Zealand nightwatchman Will Somerville lbw on Thursday's fourth day of the third and final Test at Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Stadium to achieve the feat in his 33rd Test.

Australian legspinner Clarrie Grimmett had held the record since 1936 when he took wicket No.200 in his 36th Test, playing South Africa in Johannesburg.

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

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.

He has taken 114 of his 200 wickets on spinner-friendly wickets in the United Arab Emirates in 17 Tests.

Shah already has 27 wickets in the series and is likely to break another record in this Test match, the most wickets in a three-Test series, a record which is currently held by former Pakistan star Abdul Qadir who took 30 wickets against England in 1987-88.

The 32-year-old is enjoying a prolific 2018 which has seen him pick up a staggering 35 wickets in just five Test matches at an average of 22.42.

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