On the day three of the second Test between Pakistan and New Zealand at Dubai (DSC), Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah became the first spinner to take ten wickets in a day since Anil Kumble’s 10 wickets in a day against Pakistan at Delhi in February 1999.
In the reply of Pakistan’s first innings total 418/5 decl., New Zealand had a good start with the 50 runs opening partnership. But very soon, they were bundled out for just 90 runs, thanks to Yasir Shah’s brilliant bowling figure 12.3-1-41-8.
After forcing the Kiwi team for follow-on, Shah picked up two more wickets on the same day where New Zealand finished the day on 131/2.
At the end of the day’s play, Shah said, “When I came [here] in the morning, I was thinking that I had to take 10 wickets in the match. I didn’t know that I would end up taking 10 wickets in a day. Now, I will try to help the team get those eight [second-innings] wickets as quickly as we can.”
Shah also admitted that he had a plan for each batsman and also felt that he bowled well on the day.
He said, “Of course, I had a plan for each batsman, because every batsman has got their own weakness and strengths. Against Australia, I was getting my rhythm back slowly because I was just coming back from injury. You need time to get your rhythm after an injury. Today, I bowled really well. I had worked hard in training. I think that’s one of the reasons. I bowled well in the last Test as well.”
Yasir Shah’s bowling figure of 8/41 was the third best bowling figure by a Pakistan bowler in a Test innings. Also, on the same day, Shah became the first bowler to claim 100 or more Test wickets in UAE.
Shah added, “Sometimes you do feel the pressure here because spinners get more wickets. So everyone expects you to take wickets. So you need to work even harder. It happens in cricket [having very successful days]. It’s part of the game. Sometimes you don’t get wickets even when you bowl well. Sometimes obviously you don’t bowl too well, but you get to learn from that.”