Yasir Shah writes history in Dubai
10 – The number of wickets taken by Yasir Shah in a day’s play, the highest ever for a Pakistan bowler in a single day in Tests. Yasir took eight wickets in the first innings to restrict New Zealand to 90 all out and then grabbed another two in the follow-on innings. Before Yasir, two Pakistan bowlers had taken nine wickets in a day – Intikhab Alam against New Zealand in Dunedin in 1973 and Abdul Qadir against England in Lahore in 1987. Yasir is eighth bowler in Test history to take 10 in a day and first since India’s Anil Kumble in 1999.
3 – Yasir’s figures 8-41 in the first innings is the third best bowling analysis in Pakistan’s Test history and best in three decades. Only two bowlers have registered better figures for Pakistan – Sarfraz Nawaz (9-86) against Australia in Melbourne and Abdul Qadir (9-56) against England in Lahore in 1987.
15 – The number of five-wicket hauls taken by Yasir in Tests, the joint-most for a Pakistan spinner along with Abdul Qadir and Danish Kaneria. Yasir is now only behind Waqar Younis (22), Imran Khan (23) and Wasim Akram (25).
1 - The number of times Yasir has taken three wickets in an over. In 28th over of the first innings, the leg-spinner removed Tom Latham, Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls in space of five balls taking three in an over for the first time in his career. The last Pakistan bowler to do it was Haris Sohail against Sri Lanka in Dubai last year.
191 – The number of wickets Yasir has at the moment in his 32nd Test match, the most by anyone at this stage of career. If he reaches 200 in the next three Tests, he will become the fastest to 200 wickets milestone beating Clarrie Grimmett who did it in 36 matches.
40 – The number of runs for which Pakistan took ten wickets of New Zealand, the joint-least they have conceded to dismiss ten batsmen in a Test innings. New Zealand went from 50-0 to 90 all out in space of 15 overs. The previous occasion when Pakistan took 10 for 40 was also against New Zealand when the Kiwi batsmen were reduced from 91-0 to 131 all out in Auckland in 2001. These are also the two worst ten-wicket collapses in Test history after a 50-run opening partnership.
6 – The number of New Zealand batsmen who bagged ducks in the first innings, only the sixth instance in Test history where 6 batsmen were dismissed without opening account and first time ever at the hands of Pakistan bowlers. Pakistan have been at the receiving end of this unwanted record as well. They were the first team to lose 6 batsmen on naught against Windies in Karachi in 1980.
2 – The number of times Pakistan have enforced follow-on in Tests in last 15 years. They did not do it between 2003 and 2018 despite five opportunities and now have done it twice this year – first against Ireland at Malahide (which effectively was a four-day Test as rain washed out the opening day) earlier this year and now against New Zealand in this Test.