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Yasir Shah bamboozles New Zealand with career best returns

Dubai November 30: Leg-spinner Yasir Shah produced a performance for the ages to lead Pakistan to an innings victory against New Zealand in the second Test of the three match series played at the Dubai Cricket Stadium.

The right-armer bowled arguably the best spell of his career in the first innings of the Test as the Black Caps collapsed from 50 for no loss to 90 all out with Yasir tearing through the batting line-up with an eight wicket haul (His best innings figures in Test cricket 8/41.)

Yasir kept a leash over the Black Caps batsmen in the second innings too and despite better resistance by the opposition succeeded in snaring eight additional wickets to return with match figures of 14/184 (Fourteen wickets, conceding 184 runs.)

Yasir’s stunning returns placed him at number two on the list of the Best Bowling Figures by a Pakistani bowler in Test cricket behind the legendary Imran Khan, while he took the number three spot on the all-time Best Bowling Figures by a leg-spinner in a Test match behind the Indian duo of Narendra Hirwani and Anil Kumble.

The following CricViz graphics illustrate Yasir’s dominant show en route to a spot in the history books.

Yasir extracted big turn during the match which made things incredibly tough for the Black Caps. The Swabi born got an average deviation of 6.062° in this Test. Only twice has he found more turn in a Test in his career (Both coming against the Windies in the Caribbean during the 2017 three match series that Pakistan won 2-1.) 


Yasir was able to induce a false shot off 21% of the deliveries in the match, significantly higher than his Test career average of 14% while with seven wickets a piece against right & left handers, Yasir's consistency was exceptional. 33% of his deliveries would've hit or clip the stumps, just a shade higher than his career average of 30%