ABU DHABI (AFP) - record-breaking Yasir Shah needed to percentage the day’s honours with New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson on Thursday because the third and final check heads in the direction of a gripping very last day in Abu Dhabi.

The early a part of the morning belonged to Yasir who amassed the one wicket he needed to turn out to be the quickest man to attain 200 wickets in take a look at cricket.

The relaxation of the day, however, belonged to Williamson who played a masterly innings, and become 139 not out as the Kiwis reached 272-four with the aid of the close.


Williamson had amazing support from Henry Nicholls who made 90 not out at some point of an unbroken 5th wicket partnership of 212 that has given New Zealand a lead of 198 with six wickets final.

With the series tied at 1-1, the very last day of this remaining test promises to be fascinating with both facets capable of prevailing.

The day commenced in excessive anticipation with New Zealand resuming at 26-2 and Yasir taking the ball to bowl the 0.33 over.

He needed just one wicket to break a file set eighty two years ago by means of the superb Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett who had needed 36 assessments to reach the milestone of two hundred test wickets.

while Yasir trapped nightwatchman Will Somerville leg before for 4 along with his thirteenth transport of the day, he reached the 2 hundred-wicket mark in just his thirty third take a look at.

"Ever on account that I knew this report it became my dream to take fastest 2 hundred wickets and it got here proper these days," said Yasir, who still hopes Pakistan can pull off a win.

"The wicket is slow however it's far turning from the patches. We want to bowl them and try to move for the chase. That is what we are going to try as there may be nonetheless one full day left in the match."

Pakistan had hopes of an emphatic win once Shaheen Shah Afridi had Ross Taylor stuck hooking for 22 with the full at 60-four.

-- Masterclass --


however they had been undone with the aid of Williamson’s masterclass and an innings from Nicholls that grew in self assurance but, like his associate, enjoyed a touch of luck.

the key second for Pakistan inside the discipline got here whilst Yasir dropped Williamson on 87 off Bilal Asif whilst he didn't trap a full blooded pull at rectangular-leg.

Williamson, who scored 89 in the first innings, drove medium pacer Hasan Ali to the quilt boundary for his twelfth four to complete a well deserved 19th take a look at century -- his second against Pakistan.

Nicholls also survived a noisy leg-earlier than enchantment off Yasir while on 3, but Pakistan erred with the aid of not reviewing the no longer-out decision as the ball tracker confirmed it might have hit the leg stump.

Nicholls correctly challenged a leg-earlier than verdict on 9 and changed into dropped on 50 with the aid of Imam-ul-Haq off a luckless Yasir. He has to this point hit eight limitations.

Their partnership has progressed the preceding 5th-wicket report against Pakistan of 183 set by means of Mark Burgess and Robert Anderson in Lahore in 1976.

Yasir has figures of 2-107 while Shaheen has taken 2-55.

Yasir, whose 14 wickets helped Pakistan degree the series 1-1 in Dubai, now has 27 wickets within the series.

His 14 for 184 had been the second first-rate healthy figures in a take a look at for Pakistan, behind former captain and modern-day top minister of Pakistan Imran Khan, who bagged 14 for 116 against Sri Lanka in Lahore in 1982.

Yasir become also the quickest Pakistani to 50 wickets (9 checks), and reached 100 wickets in 17 tests -- second most effective to Englishman George Lohmann who set the report of sixteen in 1896.

he's the 7th Pakistani bowler to take two hundred or more wickets in a list topped through fast bowler Wasim Akram’s 414 in 104 assessments.