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Yasir Shah joins elite club by taking 10 wickets in a Test day

The Pakistan legspinner is first player to achieve the feat since Anil Kumble

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Tom Edwards | 11/26/2018 at 12:20 PM

A rampant Yasir Shah has become the first player this century to take 10 wickets in a single day of Test cricket.

The Pakistani began Monday by taking 8-41 (the third-best figures in Pakistan's history) as New Zealand were bowled out for 90 in their first innings on the third day of the second Test.

And he followed that remarkable effort up by taking two more wickets during the follow-on to give him 10 wickets in the day and place in history. He is the first man to rack up 10 in a day since Anil Kumble of India managed the feat in 1999.

Remarkably, New Zealand managed to put on a 50-run partnership for the first wicket in their first innings, and it was only the second time in history that a team has lost 10 wickets for 40 runs or less after an opening stand of 50 or above.

The previous time was in 2001 at Auckland when New Zealand went from 91-0 to 131 all out against Pakistan (of course). That day it was a combination of Saqlain Mushtaq and Mohammad Shami who did the damage, on Monday it was about one man.

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Yasir Shah took 8-41

Jeet Raval was the first to fall to Shah in somewhat freakish circumstances. He was bowled when the ball first struck his thigh, then the back of the bat as he attempted a reverse sweep.

Proceedings actually continued at a relatively normal speed for six overs, until the penultimate over before lunch. It was at this point that things started to fall apart for the tourists. Captain Kane Williamson could only watch as he lost three partners inside one over from Shah.

First Tom Latham was caught at short leg for 22 to give Shah his second wicket. Then Ross Taylor was bowled for a duck by a beautiful delivery which turned past the outside edge. Finally, Henry Nicholls suffered the same fate as Taylor two balls later he was sent packing by another ripper of a delivery which clattered into the stumps.

Lunch could not come quicker for a New Zealand side reeling on 61-4. Williamson might have thought that was the end of his side's misery, at least for a brief period. If he did, he was completely wrong.

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Kane Williamson reacts as one of the nine partners he had is dismissed

BJ Watling was the first man to be dismissed by something other than Yasir Shah when he was run out trying a quick single, and Hasan Ali got in on the act when he had Colin de Grandhomme out lbw for a duck.

From here, Shah took centre stage once more and resumed taking New Zealand wickets for fun again.

Ish Sodhi was out for the fourth duck of the innings when was caught behind to give Shah five wickets. Two balls later Neil Wagner became the fifth duck of the innings and Shah's sixth wicket when he was given out lbw.

The leg-spinner naturally wrapped up the innings in his next over when he had Ajaz Patel out lbw for four and finally Trent Boult caught behind for an astonishing sixth duck of the innings, and leaving Williamson stranded on 28 not out.

The follow-on came and naturally so did more wickets for Shah, who had Raval for the second time in the match caught behind on 2. He finally claimed the wicket of Williamson and his 10th of the day when he had him caught behind as well for 30.

Shah failed to get a further wicket and New Zealand finished on 131-2, trailing by 197 runs.

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