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Pakistan clinch innings win riding on Yasir Shah’s brilliance


In a space of just two days, Pakistani leg-spinner Yasir Shah once again tore apart the Kiwi batting and clinched the series leveller in style, winning the contest in Dubai by an innings and 16 runs.

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By taking his 14th wicket with figures of 6/143 in the second innings, he helped his team bowl out New Zealand for 312 runs as they fell short by 16 runs to make Pakistan bat again.

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Shah had already dismissed Jeet Raval and skipper Kane Williamson for scores of 2 and 30 earlier at the end of the third day to hand his team an advantage after they had bowled out the visitors for a paltry score of 90, having registered a 400+ total in the first innings.

But New Zealand came up with a much-improved performance in the second innings with veteran batsman Ross Taylor amongst the runs with 82 runs. He was one of the three batsmen to cross the 50-run mark after opener Tom Latham scored a half-century while middle-order batsman Henry Nicholls notching up 77 runs.

Barring Shah’s star-studded performance, fast bowler Hasan Ali stood up with three wickets of his own with figures of 3/46. Bilal Asif scalped one wicket.

Brief scores: Pakistan 418 for 5 dec. (Sohail 147, Babar 127*) beat New Zealand 90 (Yasir 8-41) and 312 (Taylor 82, Nicholls 77, Yasir 6-143, Hasan 3-46) by an innings and 16 runs.

Image credit-Cricket Australia

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