Shah claimed his third round of 10 windows in the test matches, achieving the mark in a single day. (Reuters: Paul Childs, archive)
No matter how good it was on Monday, it probably did not compare to the Pakistani legs hilander Yasir Shah.
Shah took 10 New Zealand windows in a single day on Monday to leave the Kiwis facing the threat of a loss in the tickets after the third day of the second test in Dubai.
The eight windows of Shah in the first entry cost only 41 races, which gave him the best bowling figures of a Pakistani in the test matches.
He then added two more after New Zealand was forced to continue, becoming the first bowler to take 10 windows in a day since Indian Anil Kumble in 1999.
New Zealand capitulated completely in the first innings, going from 50 lossless to 90 in all, in a devastating spell in which six New Zealand hitters registered ducks, matching the Test record.
The ESPNCricinfo tweet: Wow, Yasir Shah with a three-window maid. Eliminate Latham, Taylor and Nicholls in alternate balls with excellent bowling just before lunch
In a magical Shah, New Zealand lost three key windows, with starter Tom Latham (22), Ross Taylor (0) and Henry Nicholls (0) falling in quick succession to change the course of the game.
That three-door maid was a worse omen for the Kiwis, as the tourists capitulated completely before Shah's turn and rebound.
New Zealand lost nine windows for 29 races, being out of play in only 35.3 passes after the lunch break, with batters of medium order to lower order, from number four to 11, contributing only five races, the lowest in the test matches.
It was the lowest total in New Zealand under captain Kane Williamson and the second lowest in the United Arab Emirates.
Williamson was the only beacon of hope for New Zealand in those pitiful first innings, remaining stubbornly in the crease, while the windows fell around him and ended in 28 no.
However, Shah had not yet finished, continuing his purple spot to break through when the Kiwis returned for their second innings.
The 32-year-old struck early for starter Jeet Raval to be stumped by just two and Williamson stayed behind by 30, before Taylor and Latham stabilized the craft with a 65-run association for third place.
Pakistan had declared its first entries in 5-418 before.
New Zealand led the three-game series 1-0 after recording a dramatic victory in Abu Dhabi for just four races.
The teams will return to the same place for the final game from December 3 to 7.
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