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Why Yasir Shah signalled ‘seven’ after dismissing Steve Smith

As Smith walked back to the dressing room, dejected at his poor shot selection, the leg spinner celebrated his second wicket of the match signalling 'seven' as his teammates joined him.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: November 24, 2019 9:43:26 am
Yasir Shah, center, celebrates after he got the wicket of Steve Smith on Day 2 of Brisbane Test (Source: AP)

On a wicket where Australian batsmen have dominated the proceedings against Pakistan bowlers, Steve Smith registered a single-digit score at the Gabba, Brisbane on Saturday. Smith got out trying to whip Yasir Shah’s fuller delivery towards the leg side after getting off the mark with a boundary in the same over. As Smith walked back to the dressing room, dejected at his poor shot selection, the leg spinner celebrated his second wicket of the match signalling ‘seven’ as his teammates joined him.

The 33-year-old signalled ‘seven’ after dismissing Smith for the seventh time in Test cricket in six matches. This was the seventh time in six Test Shah has got the better of Smith.

Here’s a look at the six previous occasions where the Swabi-born cricketer outsmarted the 30-year-old:

#1 On October 2014, Yasir Shah made his Test debut against Australia. Coincidentally, his maiden Test wicket was the current No.1 Test batsman.

#2 In the second innings of the same Test, Shah got the wicket of Smith who scored a gritty 55. He took seven wickets on his Test debut helping Pakistan register a huge win by 221 runs.

#3 In the second Test of the same Test series, Shah denied Smith a century in the second innings trapping him in front of the wickets for 97. He took five wickets in the match helping Pakistan register another win by a huge margin of 356 runs.

#4 Shah played his next Test against Australia after two years at the Gabba, Brisbane. Playing with the pink ball for the first time, he got the wicket of Smith in the second innings of the Test. He scored 63 runs before getting out. Australia won the match by 39 runs.

#5 In the third Test of Pakistan’s tour of Australia 2016-17, Shah got then-skipper Smith for 24 whereas three Australian batsmen scored centuries.

#6 In the second innings of the same Test, Shah managed to find an edge off Smith’s bat again. This time, he scored a quickfire 59 before losing his wicket. Australia dominated the Test and won the match by 220 runs and with it the series.

The former Australian skipper was not a part of the Test series against Pakistan in 2018 as he was banned for a year by Cricket Australia for his involvement in ball-tampering.

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Only Stuart Broad has got Smith out on more occasions than Shah. Broad has dismissed the Sydney-born cricketer eight times in 24 Tests he has played against him.

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