Captain Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls combined in a superb double-century stand to propel New Zealand's lead against Pakistan to a treasured 198 runs inside the third test on Thursday.
Williamson, who resumed at the fourth day on 14, batted the whole day and grafted an unbeaten 139 off 282 balls with 13 fours.
Left-hander Nicholls overcame a jittery begin to be ninety now not out off 243 deliveries as New Zealand overcame being 60-4 in the morning to attain 272-4 at stumps and regain the gain.
New Zealand became nonetheless trailing Pakistan in its 2d innings by means of 14 runs whilst Nicholls joined Williamson before lunch. However they batted with willpower and good fortune in an unbroken 212-run, 5th-wicket stand to leave Pakistan worried about what general it is able to be chasing to win the series on the final day Friday.
New Zealand might be in charge and favored for the series win whilst it will in all likelihood determine to cease its 2nd innings and go away enough time to bowl out Pakistan.
Pakistan does now not have satisfied reminiscences at Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Stadium, where New Zealand received the primary check by means of simply four runs after putting Pakistan a target of 176.
Pakistan made an excellent start to the fourth day when legspinner Yasir Shah have become the fastest bowler to attain 200 test wickets in his 33rd take a look at by using brushing off nightwatchman Will Somerville for 4. But Shah dropped Williamson on eighty and 106.
And Imam-ul-Haq couldn't preserve onto a sharp reflex catch of Nicholls close to the wicket at the leg aspect soon after the left-hander finished his 1/2-century earlier than tea.
Shah should have disregarded Nicholls on 3, however Pakistan didn't go for the leg earlier than wicket referral. Video replays showed the ball would have crashed onto the leg stump.
Nicholls survived every other threat on nine when he correctly overturned an lbw selection against him off Shah's sharp turning shipping from spherical the wicket.
New Zealand resumed on 26-2 and Shah got Somerville to reach 200 wickets and wreck the eighty two-yr-vintage document of Australia legspinner Clarrie Grimmett, who were given his two hundredth wicket in his thirty sixth take a look at in 1936 towards South Africa at Johannesburg.
Ross Taylor's overly aggressive method in the end led to his downfall on 22 off 14 balls while he became stuck within the deep as New Zealand slumped to 60-four.
Taylor smashed three obstacles in Shaheen Afridi's one over and become undone by means of Afridi's pace inside the next over and holed out at deep mid-wicket.
Williamson and Nicholls then dug in properly on a gradual pitch and step by step improved the lead as Pakistan fielders let probabilities slip away.
Williamson completed his nineteenth take a look at century off 154 balls with a crisp cowl-driven boundary off Hasan Ali just earlier than tea. By using stumps he'd persisted 100 overs.
He and Nicholls, final on his 1/3 take a look at century, scored 87 within the second session and seventy three inside the remaining session. Pakistan had a danger to take the brand new ball over the past 24 overs but declined, setting defensive fields to keep down New Zealand's run fee.
The run rate came down, however Williamson and Nicholls still took the sport faraway from a worn-out Pakistan assault.