Abu Dhabi – Kane Williamson’s half century led New Zealand
to 112-4 in the third and final Test as Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah became
the quickest bowler to take 200 wickets in Test cricket history on Thursday.
Williamson was batting on a resilient 55 off 86 balls and
Henry Nicholls was twice lucky to remain unbeaten on 20 off 54 deliveries at
lunch on the fourth day.
New Zealand, which conceded a 74-run first-innings lead,
leads Pakistan by 38 runs with six wickets in hand.
Shah (2-49) broke the 82-year-old record when he had night-watchman
Will Somerville (4) leg before wicket to achieve the feat in his 33rd Test
match after New Zealand resumed on 26-2.
Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett held the previous
record when he got his 200th wicket in his 36th Test match while playing
against South Africa at Johannesburg in 1936.
Ross Taylor’s (22 off 14 balls) over aggressive approach
ultimately led to his downfall when he was caught in the deep as New Zealand
slumped to 60-4.
Taylor smashed three boundaries in left-arm Shaheen Afridi’s
(2-35) one over but was undone by Afridi’s pace in the next over and holed out
at deep mid-wicket.
Nicholls could have been out lbw on 3 but Pakistan didn’t go
for the television review off Shah’s delivery with New Zealand still needing
one run to wipe out the first innings deficit.
The left-handed Nicholls survived another chance on 9 when
he successfully overturned leg before decision against him off Shah’s sharp