Yasir Shah surpasses 82-year-old record to create Test history

Yasir Shah surpasses 82-year-old record to create Test history

Pakistan legspinner Yasir Shah has become the quickest bowler to take 200 wickets in Test history.

Shah trapped New Zealand nightwatchman Will Somerville lbw on Thursday's fourth day of the third and final Test at Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Stadium to achieve the feat in his 33rd Test.

Australian legspinner Clarrie Grimmett had held the record since 1936 when he took wicket No.200 in his 36th Test, playing South Africa in Johannesburg.

The 32-year-old Shah took seven wickets in his 2014 debut Test against Australia in Dubai.

Shah also equalled Pakistan's record of most wickets in a Test by claiming 14 scalps last week in the second match against New Zealand.

Yasir Shah celebrates his historic 200th wicket. Pic: Getty

He has taken 114 of his 200 wickets on spinner-friendly wickets in the United Arab Emirates in 17 Tests.

Skipper keeps Kiwis afloat

Kane Williamson's defiant half-century led New Zealand to 112-4, reaching a resilient 55 off 86 balls.

Henry Nicholls was twice lucky to remain unbeaten on 20 off 54 deliveries at lunch on the fourth day in Abu Dhabi.

New Zealand, which conceded a 74-run first-innings lead, lead Pakistan by 38 runs with six wickets in hand.

Shah (2-49) broke an 82-year-old record when he had nightwatchman Will Somerville (4) lbw to achieve the feat in his 33rd test match after New Zealand resumed on 2-26.

Ross Taylor's (22 off 14 balls) over aggressive approach ultimately led to his downfall when he was caught in the deep as New Zealand slumped to 4-60.

Taylor smashed three boundaries in left-arm spinner Shaheen Afridi's (2-35) one over but was undone by Afridi's pace in the next over and holed out at deep midwicket.

Nicholls could have been out lbw on three but Pakistan neglected to asked for a review after a Shah-led appeal was declined.

Pakistan – and Shah – thought they had Nicholls on nine but he successfully overturned a lbw decision against him.