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Most Wickets in a Test Match, Yasir Shah Catches Imran Khan as he Took 14 Wickets vs New Zealand

Pakistani leg-spinner Yasir Shah displayed one of the best test-bowling performances in his career while catching the long-standing record of Imran Khan. Shah took a total of 14 wickets in Pakistan vs New Zealand test match in Dubai which Pakistan won by an innings and 16 runs. They made 417 runs on their first batting innings. New Zealand, while chasing the target, lost all their wickets in just 90 runs in their first innings.

Pakistan then opted for a follow-on and whitewashed New Zealand for the second time in just 312 runs. Yasir Shah displayed his spinning magic and took 8 wickets in the first innings and 6 wickets in the second innings. And while doing so, he catches up the long-standing Pakistani record of Imran Khan who took the same number of wickets in a test match against Sri Lanka way back in 1982.

New Zealand started their first innings at a great pace while chasing the massive 417 runs. They made the first fifty runs in total ease and then the magic of Yasir Shah started to amuse the crowd. New Zealand went from 50-no loss to 90-all out, all due to the miracle bowling of Shah with his 8-wicket haul while giving just 41 runs. And while doing so, he also took a maiden over.

After his magic-stint of bowling, Pakistan achieved their 328-run lead over New Zealand and pushed the kiwis for a follow-on. The same day, Shah again took 2 more wickets to complete his tally of 10 wickets in a day. And by the end of the 4th day of Pakistan vs. New Zealand test match, he took a total of 6 wickets in the second innings.

Shah gave just 143 runs while making his 6-wicket haul with a marvelous economy rate of 3.18. Besides, he also took 9 maiden overs in his second bowling spell to create more pressure on Kiwis. He achieved a total tally of 14 wickets in 57.2 overs with 10 maiden overs and 3.20 economy rate. And while achieving this feat, he gave just 184 runs which is a record on its own.

  • Best match figures by leg-spinners in Tests

16-136 Narendra Hirwani
14-149 Anil Kumble
14-184 YASIR SHAH (today)
14-199 Clarrie Grimmett

  • Yasir Shah (12-178) is first Pakistan bowler to take 12 wickets in a Test in 17 years.
  • Yasir Shah! 14 wickets in the match. Levels the national Test record for most wickets in a Test with Pakistan’s Prime Minister.
  • Yasir Shah has 195 wickets in 32 Tests. World Record for fastest to 200 wickets is 36 matches by Clarrie Grimmett set some 82 years ago! Yasir could beat this record by three fewer Tests!!!

Most Wickets in a Test Match – Best Figures in Test Match

Player Overs Runs Wkts Opposition
JC Laker 68.0 90 19 v Australia
SF Barnes 65.3 159 17 v South Africa
ND Hirwani 33.5 136 16 v West Indies
RAL Massie 60.1 137 16 v England
M Muralitharan 113.5 220 16 v England
J Briggs 33.3×4 28 15 v South Africa
GA Lohmann 25.3×5 45 15 v South Africa
C Blythe 38.3 99 15 v South Africa
H Verity 58.3 104 15 v Australia
RJ Hadlee 52.3 123 15 v Australia
W Rhodes 30.2 124 15 v Australia
Harbhajan Singh 80.1 217 15 v Australia
FR Spofforth 64.3×4 90 14 v England
AV Bedser 55.5 99 14 v Australia
W Bates 59.2×4 102 14 v Australia
Imran Khan 52.2 116 14 v Sri Lanka
JM Patel 61.3 124 14 v Australia
SF Barnes 61.5 144 14 v South Africa
MA Holding 53.4 149 14 v England
A Kumble 51.0 149 14 v Pakistan
HMRKB Herath 55.2 184 14 v Pakistan
Yasir Shah 57.2 184 14 v New Zealand
WPUJC Vaas 57.2 191 14 v West Indies
CV Grimmett 96.2 199 14 v South Africa
CA Walsh 36.0 55 13 v New Zealand
SF Barnes 37.4 57 13 v South Africa
DL Underwood 48.5 71 13 v Pakistan
MA Noble 33.4 77 13 v England
JJ Ferris 54.2×5 91 13 v South Africa
Abdul Qadir 73.0 101 13 v England
IT Botham 48.5 106 13 v India
FR Spofforth 60.0×4 110 13 v England
Fazal Mahmood 75.0 114 13 v Australia
M Muralitharan 66.4 115 13 v Zimbabwe
ST Gabriel 36.4 121 13 v Sri Lanka
MH Mankad 71.2 131 13 v Pakistan
J Srinath 46.0 132 13 v Pakistan
M Ntini 47.5 132 13 v West Indies
Waqar Younis 56.0 135 13 v Zimbabwe
R Ashwin 41.1 140 13 v New Zealand
K Rabada 39.4 144 13 v England
HMRKB Herath 56.2 145 13 v Australia
BA Reid 61.0 148 13 v England
HMRKB Herath 49.0 152 13 v Zimbabwe
NM Lyon 69.2 154 13 v Bangladesh
AW Greig 69.1 156 13 v West Indies
SF Barnes 80.1 163 13 v Australia
HJ Tayfield 66.5×8 165 13 v Australia
M Muralitharan 76.0 171 13 v South Africa
CV Grimmett 93.0 173 13 v South Africa
A Kumble 64.3 181 13 v Australia
HJ Tayfield 74.0×8 192 13 v England
Harbhajan Singh 68.2 196 13 v Australia
MG Hughes 73.1 217 13 v West Indies
AA Mailey 76.2 236 13 v England
T Richardson 110.3×5 244 13 v Australia
JC White 124.5 256 13 v Australia

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