'Some of the best legspin you'll ever see': Pakistan ride their record-breaker Yasir Shah

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New Zealand's fightback fell well short in an innings defeat to Pakistan.

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur is backing his legspin wizard Yasir Shah to get even better as he prepares to break an 82-year-old test bowling record held by a Kiwi.

The assertion that Shah can only improve may cause some nervous twitches in the Black Caps camp as captain Kane Williamson and his fellow batsmen try to find ways to combat him in Monday's test series decider in Abu Dhabi.

They face a few days of team meetings, video analysis and net batting after Pakistan's innings and 16 run win inside four days in the second test in Dubai, in which Shah snared 14 wickets which had never been done against New Zealand.

'Some of the best legspin you'll ever see': Pakistan ride their record-breaker Yasir Shah
YASIR NISAR/PHOTOSPORTYasir Shah now has 195 wickets from just 32 tests and will comfortably beat Clarrie Grimmett's mark as fastest to 200.

Yasir Shah now has 195 wickets from just 32 tests and will comfortably beat Clarrie Grimmett's mark as fastest to 200.

The 32-year-old Shah, still mourning the death of his mother earlier this month, extended his stunning record to 195 wickets from 32 tests at an average of 28, with his 15th and 16th five-wicket bags.

New Zealand-born Australian legspinner Clarrie Grimmett remains the fastest bowler to 200 wickets, getting there in his 36th test in Johannesburg in February 1936. With five more scalps in Abu Dhabi, Shah will beat Grimmett's mark by three tests.

'Some of the best legspin you'll ever see': Pakistan ride their record-breaker Yasir Shah
YASIR NISAR/PHOTOSPORTNo one had taken 14 wickets in a test against New Zealand until legspinner Yasir Shah twirled his way into history in Dubai.

No one had taken 14 wickets in a test against New Zealand until legspinner Yasir Shah twirled his way into history in Dubai.

"We knew he had a big performance in him. That first innings, there was that spell of about half an hour that was some of the best legspin bowling you'll ever see," Arthur said.

"The drift, the pace, the spin, it was phenomenal.

"This is the best rhythm I've seen him have, and I think he'll just get better and better from here."

'Some of the best legspin you'll ever see': Pakistan ride their record-breaker Yasir Shah
YASIR NISAR/PHOTOSPORTA hard day of toil is over for Henry Nicholls who batted well but couldn't take the second test into a fifth day.

A hard day of toil is over for Henry Nicholls who batted well but couldn't take the second test into a fifth day.

That half-hour turned an evenly-poised test on its head as Shah took a triple-wicket maiden, including Tom Latham, Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls who were the Black Caps' three leading scorers in the second innings.

New Zealand lost 7-11 in 39 balls and it was essentially game over, all out for 90 and a deficit of 328. In contrast Latham, Taylor and Nicholls lifted significantly second time around, showed more intent and made Shah look distinctly average at times.

Said Williamson of Shah's first innings spell of 8-41: "It was brilliant. Some of the deliveries he bowled to guys, their first or second delivery, were very difficult to negotiate. To do that so early in the innings is a big challenge for us."

Taylor's dancing feet to Shah, on a pair first ball of his second innings, showed what could be done to combat him. The sweep shot was used effectively by left-handers Latham and Nicholls and they rotated the strike with Taylor.

In New Zealand's first test win by four runs in Abu Dhabi, Shah took eight for the match but was overshadowed by left-arm orthodox Ajaz Patel on debut who took seven and spun them to a shock victory on day four.

"It was a great game in Abu Dhabi, one of our great test wins and extremely exciting to be a part of. To come here, it wasn't our best performance by any means," Williamson said.

'Some of the best legspin you'll ever see': Pakistan ride their record-breaker Yasir Shah
YASIR NISAR/PHOTOSPORTBlack Caps skipper Kane Williamson congratulates man of the match Yasir Shah and now has to try and formulate a plan to nullify him.

Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson congratulates man of the match Yasir Shah and now has to try and formulate a plan to nullify him.

"But we know how difficult Pakistan are to play in their conditions. It's important we are better and learn from this experience. Pakistan will be full of confidence, hopefully we can build on some of the confidence we took from the second half of this game, also the effort with the ball the seamers and the spinners showed in that first innings."

Williamson will desperately want to win the toss to try and seize control batting first, which they couldn't do when 153 all out in the first test. A stunning Pakistan collapse and Patel's composure rescued them.

Arthur, meanwhile, was ecstatic at his side's "very clinical" performance which provided the Black Caps a clear blueprint to copy.

'Some of the best legspin you'll ever see': Pakistan ride their record-breaker Yasir Shah
YASIR NISAR/PHOTOSPORTWhere did that go? Ross Taylor's 82 was a shining light in the Black Caps second innings but they needed someone to go big to stave off defeat.

Where did that go? Ross Taylor's 82 was a shining light in the Black Caps second innings but they needed someone to go big to stave off defeat.

"There's no magic to winning a test in the UAE. You need big first innings runs and it's always going to take you a little bit longer than normal venues around the world (they scored at 2.5 an over in their first innings of 418-5 declared).

"We went about that so well: first innings runs, we bowled really well, we were patient, we maintained pressure for long periods of time. It's very satisfying."

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