With the series tied 1-1 going into the final match of the Test series, New Zealand made a slow and unsteady start against an upbeat Pakistan side at Abu Dhabi.
Jeet Raval (45 off 82 balls, 4×4) added 46 with Kane Williamson for the second wicket before New Zealand lost Raval, Ross Taylor (golden duck) and Henry Nicholls (1) for two runs in the space of four overs.
Yasir Shah did the early damage, removing Raval leg before, and following up with the wickets of Taylor and Nicholls in quick succession.
Williamson and BJ Watling righted the innings with a 104-run partnership off 249 balls before Williamson fell 11 runs short of what would have been his 19th Test century. His innings of 89 came off 176 balls with seven fours.
At stumps New Zealand were 229-6, with Watling not out on 42 off 180 balls with just a single four. Yasir Shah had a good day with the ball, taking 3-62 (econ 2.00), with the other four wickets being taken by and Bilal Asif (2-57), Hasan Ali (1-46) and Shaheen Shah Afridi (1-43).
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