Wil­liamson takes gloss off Yasir feat

Pak­istan spin­ner sets record but Ki­wis stand firm

Sowetan - - Dipapadi -

Abu Dhabi – Record-break­ing Yasir Shah had to share the day’s hon­ours with New Zealand skip­per Kane Wil­liamson yesterday as the third and fi­nal Test heads to­wards a grip­ping fi­nal day in Abu Dhabi. The early part of the morn­ing be­longed to Yasir, who col­lected the one wicket he needed to be­come the fastest man to reach 200 wick­ets in Test cricket. The rest of the day, how­ever, be­longed to Wil­liamson who played a mas­terly in­nings, and was 139 not out as the Ki­wis reached 272/4 by the close. Wil­liamson had great sup­port from Henry Ni­cholls, who made 90 not out dur­ing an un­bro­ken fifth-wicket part­ner­ship of 212 that has given New Zealand a lead of 198 with six wick­ets re­main­ing. With the se­ries tied at 1-1, the fi­nal day of this last Test prom­ises to be fas­ci­nat­ing with both sides ca­pa­ble of win­ning.

The day be­gan in high an­tic­i­pa­tion with New Zealand re­sum­ing at 26/2 and Yasir tak­ing the ball to bowl the third over. He needed just one wicket to break a record set 82 years ago by the great Aus­tralian leg-spin­ner Clar­rie Grim­mett, who had needed 36 Tests to reach the mile­stone of 200 Test wick­ets.

When Yasir trapped night­watch­man Will Somerville leg be­fore for four with his 13th de­liv­ery of the day, he reached the 200-wicket mark in just his 33rd Test.

“Ever since I knew this record it be­came my dream to take fastest 200 wick­ets and it came true to­day,” said Yasir, who still hopes Pak­istan can pull off a win. “The wicket is slow but it is turn­ing from the patches. We want to bowl them [out] and try to go for the chase. That is what we are go­ing to try as there is still one full day left.” – AFP

/ FRAN­COIS NEL / GETTY IM­AGES

Kane Wil­liamson of New Zealand cel­e­brates af­ter reach­ing his cen­tury.

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