Shah claimed his third 10-wicket distance in Test Competitions and reached the goal in one day. (Reuters: Paul Childs, file)
Regardless of how good you were Monday, chances are that it was not comparable with that of the experienced leg spinner Yasir Shah from Pakistan.
Shah took 10 10-day New Zealand's 10-day wakes on Monday for the Kiwi's to wait for the threat of a strike after the third day of the second test in Dubai.
Shah's eight first innings wickets came at the expense of only 41 points, making him the third best bowling figure of a Pakistani in Testing competitions.
He added two more after New Zealand was forced to continue and become the first bowler to take 10 wickets a day since the Indian Anil Kumble in 1999.
New Zealand capitulated fully in the first innings, going from 50 for no loss to 90 all out, in a devastating curse in which six New Zealand batsmen took ducks – equal to the test record.
ESPNCricinfo tweet: Wow, Yasir Shah with a triple wicket girl! Removes Latham, Taylor and Nicholls in alternative balls with a few beautiful bowling just before lunch
In one magical Shah, New Zealand lost three major wickets, with opener Tom Latham (22), Ross Taylor (0) and Henry Nicholls (0) in quick succession to change the course of the game.
That three-headed girl was a harbinger of even worse kiwis, because the tourists capitulated completely before Shah's turn and bounced.
New Zealand lost nine wickets for 29 points and after the lunch break was defeated in only 35.3 overs, with middle to lower order batsmen – from number four to 11 – and contributed only five points, the lowest ever in the test games .
It was New Zealand's lowest total under Captain Kane Williamson and the second lowest in the UAE.
Williamson was the only beacon of hope for New Zealand in those pitiful first innings, who held on to the fold as wickets fell around him and ended at 28 not out.
Shah was not ready yet, and continued with his purple spot to take off when the Kiwi's returned for their second inning.
The 32-year-old struck early to get opener Jeet Raval for only two and Williamson was left behind for 30, before Taylor and Latham stabilized the ship with a 65-run partnership for the third wicket.
Pakistan had previously declared its first inning at 5-418.
New Zealand led the three-game series 1-0 after recording a dramatic victory in Abu Dhabi with just four points.
The teams will return to the same location for the final of 3-7 December.
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