PAK vs SL 2nd Test: Yasir Shah ‘Okay’ After Bowling Long Spells In Dubai’s Heat
Searing Dubai heat, his team a bowler a short and the Sri Lankan batsmen going great guns, Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah had his task cut out. The spinner, however, came out with flying colours, taking 6 for 184 which made him the first spinner to take five-fer in five successive Tests. The record did not come easy as he had to toil hard for the second consecutive day as he bowled 55.5 overs in the first innings. Yasir bowled 29.3 overs on an opening day and followed it up with 26.2 overs on Day 2 as the Islander batted for over five sessions to post a daunting 482.
Speaking after the day’s play, the right-arm spinner admitted that he had a tough time bowling on the placid pitch.
“This is what we have to do, to bowl. I always try when I play for the team,” Yasir said on Saturday (October 7). “The wickets here are such – in Dubai, you don’t get much support for spinners on the first day, so that’s why I had to work a lot. So I just wanted to support the fast bowlers at one end.”
“On the second day there was more break, but the body was a little tired from so much bowling. But we’ll try to make a comeback in the second innings. I probably haven’t bowled this much in a stretch before but I’m okay, the body is going,” he added.
With the pitch not offering much, Yasir reckoned that the presence of another frontline spinner would have made his work more comfortable.
“Of course there is a difference [with another spinner for support]. There is support, he bowls with you, that makes a partnership which spinners do well in. I had three fast bowlers playing with me, but you know the wickets here are such that they don’t support fast bowlers,” he noted.
Meanwhile, Pakistan have begun their reply finely, finishing the day on 51 for no loss and will be hoping to continue the same performance to level the two-match series.
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