‘We are waiting’: Fans eager as Yasir Shah closes in on fastest-to-200 milestone
Pakistani spin-wizard Yasir Shah is closing in on yet another record and this time around, it is an 82-year-old one. With 198 wickets in 33 Tests already, Yasir Shah can become the fastest to 200-wickets in the format if he manages to bag 2 more against New Zealand in the second innings of the third Test at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
Shah has been the star-man for Pakistan in the ongoing three-match series. He has bagged 25 wickets thus far in 5 innings in a record-breaking series for him. In the second Test, Shah became the first player to take 100 Test wickets in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
His figures of 8-41 in the first Kiwi innings of the second Test were also the third best figures for a Pakistani bowler in Tests.
However, all eyes are now on him becoming the fastest player to 200 wickets by breaking record of Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett, who got to 200 in 36 Tests in 1936. Indeed, Shah has enough time on his hands, but the sooner he gets to the mark, the better.
And this is why Pakistanis can’t wait for the 32-year-old to break the 82-year-old record
‘The entire nation is waiting for Yasir Shah to break the record’
ویسے تو تمام ریکارڈ ہی اہم ہوتے ہیں مگر جب سو سال پرانا ریکارڈ ٹوٹے تو کیا ہی بات ہے پوری قوم یاسر شاہ کے ریکارڈ کا انتظار کر رہی ہے یہ پاکستان کرکٹ اور یاسر دونوں کیلئے ایک سنگ میل ہے۔۔#fingerscrossed #PakVsNZ
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) December 4, 2018
Yasir could not break the record in the first innings, but he can definitely do it in the second *fingers crossed*
#YasirShah did magical work with the ball wishing him to break a century old record today in first session.
— Zarar Bahadar Khan (@zararbahadar) December 4, 2018
‘Pakistan is waiting’
— Bilal Hameed 🇵🇰 (@Bilalh03) December 4, 2018
‘Still await his epic achievement’
— Vasi (@musejaunt) December 4, 2018
#YasirShah my only interest in watching this boring match is yasir record he is so close yet so far
— خٹک صاب (@khattaksb123) December 4, 2018
‘Best wishes and a lot of prayers’
Best wishes and lot of prayers.#YasirShah
— Mustansar Tasir (@must_tasir) December 4, 2018
COME ON, DUDE!
Get those 2 wkts… We are waiting dude #YasirShah
— Muhammad Bilal (@Bilsl29) December 4, 2018
Yasir, Bilal Asif key as Pakistan look to win series decider
With both Pakistan and New Zealand with one win each, the third and ongoing Test will be crucial for both.
As per the latest scores, New Zealand have been bowled out for 274 courtesy 3 wickets from Yasir Shah and a five-wicket haul by Bilal Asif. In reply, Pakistan are 36/2 with openers Imam-ul-Haq and Muhammad Hafeez sent back to the pavilion by Trent Boult.
Considering the importance of this Test match, both teams will be looking to put their best efforts to try and win, not just the match, but the trophy too.
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