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Haris, Babar’s tons and Yasir Shah’s 14-fer levelled the test series

Pakistan defeated New Zealand by an innings and 16 runs in the second Test on the fourth day in Dubai, levelling the three-match series at 1-1. Pakistan’s ace Leg-spinner Yasir Shah took 6-143 to finish with 14 wickets in the match as New Zealand were bowled out for 312 after following on at Dubai stadium. New Zealand was bowled out at just 90 runs in their first innings after Pakistan declared at 418 for 5 on day two. Haris Sohail played a marathon inning of 147 and well supported by Babar Azam’s maiden test career hundred and Azhar’s 81. A worthy contribution of Hasan Ali with the Yasir Shah well applauded by his fans, he finished at 4 for 71 in the match.

Day-1 (belongs to Pakistan after decided to bat first)

 

Pakistani skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed won the toss and decided to bat first on a reasonably good batting pitch. Both teams remained unchanged. But it was the New Zealand who had the better of the morning with Colin de Grandhomme, chosen over the more experienced Tim Southee for the second match running; ripping out both Pakistani openers for nine runs each. Azhar Ali and Haris Sohail put 126 runs for the third wicket until a thoughtless run out saw the end of Azhar for 81. Haris Sohail had also eked out 81 from 240 balls by the close of day’s play to 207-4.

Day-2 (Pakistan put a good show with the bat, won another day)

 

Haris Sohail has shown tremendous patience and application during his marathon stay and completed his second Test career hundred. Haris and Babar continued Pakistan’s journey from 174 for 4 to 360 for 5; the partnership was broke by Trent Boult when Haris was caught behind the wickets on 147 off 421 balls. Later on, Babar and Sarfraz added more 58 runs, when Pakistan declared their first innings on 418 for 5. Babar Azam was much relieved to have hit a first Test century for Pakistan, just three innings after being dismissed on 99 against Australia. He remained unbeaten at 127. New Zealand made a steady start after they were asked to bat out the last few overs on day two. Raval and Latham were given a flavor of what was to follow from Pakistan’s bowlers, but they survived to bat on the following day.

Day-3 (Pakistan is 8 wickets away from a famous an innings win)

 

It rained at Dubai, so the late start happened, Pakistani leg-spinner Yasir Shah was anxiously waiting to bowl on the pitch with some moisture in it. From a comfortable place at 50 for no loss, New Zealand sunk to 63/4 at Lunch of day three, and it was all Yasir Shah’s magic spell. Right after Lunch, Yasir Shah continued his dominance over Kiwi batsmen and he claimed his career-best figures in Tests – 8 for 41. New Zealand had been bowled out in just 35.3 overs for only 90 runs on the board, handing Pakistan a gigantic 328-run first-innings lead. They forced follow-on by the Pakistani skipper. Raval and Williamson bow out to the prodigy of Yasir. The leg-spinner got the left-hander out stumped early before he too the captain’s outside edge on the way to the keeper. New Zealand was two down for 66 at the close.

Day-4 (Yasir Shah 6 wickets gave Pakistan an empathic win)

Pakistan has to continue their dominance over Kiwi batsmen, and it was guessed this test match is going to be finished soon as per New Zealand’s first innings batting display. It was becoming more possible when Latham lost his wicket to the Hasan Ali at 146 for 3. But Ross Taylor, Nicholas and BJ Watling shown some guts to stay at the crease for a longer period of the day, but Ross Taylor perished, after fighting for 128 deliveries for his 82, a sweep shot, a top edge and an easy catch for Yasir on the bowling of Bilal. Nicholas joined by Watling and they kept New Zealand’s hopes high and kept fighting hard, both 57 runs, but Watling failed to continue his support to Nicholas and trapped in front of the stumps to become Yasir Shah’s victim. Nicholas kept his cool and stayed at the crease, though he lost his two more partners de Grandhomme (14) and Ish Sodhi (4); he was undone by the brilliant delivery of the Hasan Ali left New Zealand 301 for 8 and their hopes were shattered. Last two wickets were taken by the Yasir in the one over and finished the job for Pakistan.

Player of the Match: None other than Yasir Shah, who bowled record-breaking, spells in the test match.

Yasir Shah: “I got to know yesterday that Imran Khan had the most wickets in a Test match. After my injury, this was my first Man of the Match award and I was only looking to focus on my line and lengths. In the earlier series I didn’t have my rhythm properly. I don’t think I have bowled better; the wicket was helping with the bounce and break. We were disappointed after the first match and we wanted to come back hard. We got them out for 90, but they fought back well in the next innings. The pitch had eased out too, it wasn’t turning or breaking, but we did well to get them out. I am working on my googly and it is coming out well and hopefully I’ll improve day by day.”

 

 

Smart scorecard:

Pakistan 418 for 5 Declare in 167.0 overs (Haris Sohail 147, Babar Azam 127*; Colin de Grandhomme 44/2)

New Zealand 90 all out in 35.3 overs (Jeet Raval 31; Yasir Shah 41/8, Hasan Ali 25/1)

New Zealand 312 all out in 112.5 overs (Ross Taylor 82, Henry Nicholls 77; Hasan Ali 46/3, Yasir Shah 143/6)

 

Next Encounter: Third Test Match at Abu Dhabi on 3rd December 2018.

 

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