Abu Dhabi: Captain Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls combined in a top notch double-century stand to propel New Zealand's lead against Pakistan to a treasured 198 runs in the third check on Thursday.

Williamson, who resumed on the fourth day on 14, batted the complete day and grafted an unbeaten 139 off 282 balls with thirteen fours.

Left-hander Nicholls overcame a jittery begin to be ninety not out off 243 deliveries as New Zealand overcame being 60-four in the morning to reach 272-4 at stumps and regain the advantage. Pakistan let it slip away via lapses in the subject and taking a protecting approach.

New Zealand become nevertheless trailing Pakistan in its second innings by means of 14 runs when Nicholls joined Williamson earlier than lunch. However they batted with dedication and luck in an unbroken 212-run, fifth-wicket stand to go away Pakistan worried approximately what total it may be chasing to win the series on the last day Friday.

New Zealand might be in rate and desired for the series win while it'll probable decide to end its second innings and depart sufficient time to bowl out Pakistan.

Pakistan does not have satisfied memories at Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Stadium, where New Zealand won the primary take a look at by means of simply four runs after putting Pakistan a target of 176.

Pakistan made a really perfect start to the fourth day when legspinner Yasir Shah have become the fastest bowler to reach two hundred test wickets in his thirty third take a look at through dismissing nightwatchman Will Somerville for four.

but Shah dropped Williamson on eighty and 106.

And Imam-ul-Haq couldn't keep onto a sharp reflex trap of Nicholls close to the wicket on the leg aspect soon after the left-hander finished his half-century earlier than tea.

Shah could have disregarded Nicholls on 3, however Pakistan didn't pass for the leg before wicket referral. Video replays showed the ball would have crashed onto the leg stump.

Nicholls survived every other chance on 9 while he successfully overturned an lbw choice towards him off Shah's sharp turning transport from spherical the wicket.

New Zealand resumed on 26-2 and Shah got Somerville to reach two hundred wickets and spoil the 82-year-antique file of Australia legspinner Clarrie Grimmett, who got his 2 hundredth wicket in his thirty sixth check in 1936 against South Africa at Johannesburg.

Ross Taylor's overly competitive approach in the end brought about his downfall on 22 off 14 balls whilst he become stuck in the deep as New Zealand slumped to 60-4.

Taylor smashed 3 barriers in Shaheen Afridi's one over and was undone via Afridi's tempo within the subsequent over and holed out at deep mid-wicket.

Williamson and Nicholls then dug in properly on a slow pitch and step by step multiplied the lead as Pakistan fielders permit chances slip away.

Williamson completed his 19th test century off 154 balls with a crisp cover pushed boundary off Hasan Ali just earlier than tea. By means of stumps he'd persevered one hundred overs.

He and Nicholls, ultimate on his 1/3 check century, scored 87 in the 2nd session and 73 within the ultimate consultation. Pakistan had a threat to take the brand new ball over the past 24 overs however declined, setting protective fields to keep down New Zealand's run price.

The run fee came down, but Williamson and Nicholls still took the game away from a worn-out Pakistan assault.

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