With New Zealand winning the three-match Test series against a formidable Pakistan team by 2-1, the kiwis registered history by winning their first ever away series in Asia after a decade.
New Zealand’s captain – Kane Williamson and a member of the fab four in modern day cricket, comprising of Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Joe Root and Williamson himself, proved his worth yet again for his country, once his team’s lead was on 33 runs for the loss of 4 wickets.
Just when Pakistan’s tail was up, match-winning knocks from Kane William 139 (283) and Henry Nicholls 126 (266)* added misery to Sarfaraz’s men, by posting a target of 280 for the hosts in the final and fourth innings.
New Zealnd bowlers were quick to capitalize on Day 5 of the deciding Test, as they scalped all 10 wickets for 156 runs, with New Zealand winning the game by 123 runs, which also secured the series in their favour.
Yasir Shah has adjourned the player of the series for his fantastic display of wrist spin, and by also breaking the 82-year-old record of becoming the quickest bowler to take 200 wickets in Test match cricket.
Though Yasir Shah’s wizardry with the ball was a treat for cricket lovers, Shah was involved in another highlight in the third Test, which he would want to erase from his memory as quick as possible.
In Pakistan’s first innings with the bat, Yasir Shah was batting alongside Sarfaraz Ahmed. The Pakistan skipper nudged the ball towards the mid-wicket region for a quick double. Sarfaraz pushed Shah to take the second run, but Yasir was well short of his crease as he was dismissed by a run-out.
Seeking the matter of confusion, Sarfaraz soon found out the reason for Shah not making the crease. Yasir Shah’s shoe had come off from his foot while running the second, which angered Sarfaraz Ahmed even more, as Yasir Shah didn’t even say a loud “NO” to stop the skipper in midway.
If Azhar Ali’s run out against Australia not so long ago was number 1 in terms of comedy of errors, then Yasir Shah’s dismissal versus New Zealand comes a close second.
Here’s a look at how it happened.
WICKET! It's all happening at the Abu Dhabi stadium. Yasir Shah loses his shoe as he turns around for the second run and eventually falls short of his crease. Pakistan 345/8
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