Mohammad Abbas Bags Best Test Figures By A Pakistani Pacer In Last 10 Years

Written by Vipin Darwade

Pakistani speedster Mohammad Abbas wreaked havoc in Abu Dhabi as he bagged 4 quick wickets on Day 4 of the second Test against Australia to leave the visitors on brink of a series defeat. Having bagged 5 in the first innings and 4 from a total of 5 wickets that fell on Friday by the 30th over, Abbas had already cemented his place in the history books for Pakistan.

With his 9-wicket-haul so far against Australia, Abbas bagged became the highest wicket-taker in UAE, having claimed his 22nd wicket when he dismissed Australian skipper Tim Paine. He also became the first pace bowler to take 9 wickets in a Test match in UAE, surpassing the previous best of 8 wickets for 151 runs that was claimed by Junaid Khan against Sri Lanka in 2013.

Earlier in the drawn first Test in Dubai, Abbas had taken seven wickets. In the match, he also became the joint-second fastest pacer to achieve the 50-wicket mark for the country (10 matches), rubbing shoulders with the legendary Waqar Younis, Mohammad Asif and Shabbir Ahmed. Fellow Pakistani spinner Yasir Shah is the fastest Pakistani overall to 50 wickets, having reached the landmark in 9 matches.


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