14-wicket haul: Pakistani wizard’s ‘best ever’ leg-spin spell
Leg-spinner Yasir Shah's match haul of 14 wickets has earned Pakistan victory against New Zealand by an innings and 16 runs in the second Test.
After a career-best 8-41 to help dismiss the Kiwis for 90, Shah grabbed 6-143 as the Black Caps followed on and were all out for 312 after tea on the fourth day.
In doing so he equalled the Pakistan record for wickets in a Test with fast bowler Imran Khan, who achieved his feat in 1982 against Sri Lanka in Lahore. Centuries by Haris Sohail and Babar Azam put Pakistan in command after making 5-418 declared.
Shah then went to work. He has 22 wickets in the series, and needs five more to reach 200 in his career. They should come in Abu Dhabi, where the teams return for the third Test and series decider from Monday and where New Zealand won the Tirst test by four runs.
Ross Taylor (82), Henry Nicholls (77) and Tom Latham (50) led New Zealand's resistance, but the damage was done in the first innings.
Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur went as far as to describe Shah's performance in the first innings as the "best leg-spin bowling you will ever see."
"We knew he had a big performance inside of him," Arthur said. "That first innings, I think there was a spell of about half an hour of the best leg-spin bowling you will ever see. Fourteen wickets in a Test match is superb."
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was similarly effusive in his praise of the spinner.
"We batted better in the second innings, but that session yesterday when Yasir put us under tremendous pressure and put the ball in the right areas (did us in)," Williamson said.
"He is an exceptional bowler, and it's important we learn some lessons quickly because we will face all the bowlers again (in the third test)."
The Black Caps, forced to follow on, resumed on 2-131 and Taylor and Latham were out in the first session.
Latham was contentiously adjudged caught behind off Hasan Ali soon after completing his half-century. Umpire Paul Reiffel referred to third umpire Ian Gould to confirm. Latham played a defensive shot close to his front pad, and as the ball passed the bat the replay technology spiked.
However, Latham walked off the field in disbelief. After lasting for 158 deliveries and hitting four boundaries, his dismissal ended an 80-run, third- wicket stand with Taylor.
Taylor completed his half century off 54 balls when he drove Hasan through the point boundary off the first ball of the day, but he was dismissed after a reckless sweep, half an hour before lunch, and top-edged offspinner Bilal Asif to deep backward square leg.
New Zealand reached 4-222 at lunch but Shah then trapped BJ Watling on 27 off the second new ball after the interval.
Hasan returned to accept the wicket of Colin de Grandhomme for the third time in the series after he went for an unnecessary pull shot and played onto the fast bowler on 14.
Ish Sodhi also gave his wicket away when he tried to sweep Shah, missed the line of the ball and was clean bowled for four.
Nicholls was undone four overs after tea by Hasan's sharp delivery which nipped back into the left-hander to knock back the off stump.
Shah wrapped up the innings soon after by claiming the wickets of Neil Wagner and Trent Boult. Hasan finished the innings with 3-46.