Yasir’s clinical bowling levels series for Pakistan
After a heartbreaking defeat in the first Test, Pakistan have come back strongly and humiliated New Zealand in the second Test, thanks to Yasir Khan, who one-handedly destroyed the Kiwis in both the innings to won the match by an innings and 96 runs.
This Test series has produced several dramatic moments and stunned the cricket world. After winning the toss, Pakistan elected to bat first and batted for two days, making almost the Kiwis cry.
The hosts were in trouble after losing both the openers early. But Azhar Ali (81) and Haris Sohail (147) rebuilt the innings and shifted the momentum from New Zealand. Though Azhar missed his century due to yet another run-out, but Babar Azam finally scored his first Test hundred.
Harris felt short off only three runs from scoring 150, but his knock will be remembered for a long time as he played 421 balls for his 147. And it came on as a surprise when Pakistan declared their innings with only 418 runs on the board with the loss of 5 wickets.
When everyone thought it was a poor decision, then came the trump card for Pakistan who showed his magic and humiliated the Kiwis. New Zealand were going all good with openers bringing up 50 runs without any loss, but from there it all started.
Yasir picked up four wickets in one over and New Zealand found themselves in tatters with 57 for 4. And it didn’t take too long for Yasir to get another four and bowl the visitors out for only 90 runs.
After coming to bat once again, New Zealand lost two more wickets before the stumps. However, they started off the fourth day well with Tom Latham, Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls scoring fifties. But after the dismissal of BJ Watling, it all fell apart once again courtesy of Yasir’s yet another magical spell. He picked up another fifer, total 14 wickets in the match, which trashed New Zealand by an innings and 96 runs in the end.
Pakistan 418/5 decl beat New Zealand 90 (Yasir Shah 8-41) & 312 (Ross Taylor 82, Yasir 6-143)
Result: Pakistan won by an innings and 96 runs