Pakistan's Shah fastest to 200 Test scalps

His shoe was well out of the crease. Image CricingifMore

His shoe was well out of the crease. Image CricingifMore

New Zealand returns home for a two-test series with Sri Lanka starting next week. Pakistan let it slip away through lapses in the field and taking a defensive approach.

Left-hander Nicholls overcame a jittery start to be 90 not out off 243 deliveries.

Set 280 for victory, Pakistan suffered two separate batting collapses as New Zealand's bowlers secured a 2-1 series win, their first away test series triumph over Pakistan in 49 years.

The Test series is now tied at 1-1 after New Zealand won the first Test and Pakistan clinched the second Test.

In their first test series under coach Gary Stead, the Black Caps bounced back from a horror second test defeat - and from a dire position midway in the third - to truly trounce Pakistan on the final day, bowling them out for 156 in the fourth innings to claim victory.

As well as being the quickest bowler to 200 wickets, Yasir was the joint-second fastest to 100 Test wickets and the fastest Pakistani to 50 wickets.

The key moment for Pakistan in the field came when Yasir dropped Williamson on 87 off Bilal Asif when he failed to catch a full blooded pull at square-leg.

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Patel got opener Imam-ul-Haq caught close to the wicket on 22 at the stroke of lunch as Pakistan limped to the interval on 55-5.

"Ever since I knew this record it became my dream to take fastest 200 wickets and it came true today", said Yasir, who still hopes Pakistan can pull off a win. Video replays showed the ball would have crashed onto the leg stump.

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

Following Grimmett and Ashwin, Australia's Dennis Lillee (38 Tests), Pakistan's Waqar Younis (38 Tests) and South Africa's Dale Steyn (39 Tests) held the top five spots in the list of fastest to 200 wickets before Yasir Shah achieved the milestone.

"It was fantastic, beating Pakistan in their backyard is very tough", New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said.

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. When Williamson departed on the first ball of the final day, for 139, Nicholls pushed on, playing aggressively as he brought up his third test century.

The run rate came down, but Williamson and Nicholls still took the game away from a exhausted Pakistan attack. Pakistan had a chance to take the new ball over the last 24 overs but declined, setting defensive fields to keep down New Zealand's run rate.

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