Azhar Ali completes century to put Pakistan close behind New Zealand’s first-innings total in the third and final Test in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
Azhar Ali completes century and was unbeaten on 111 runs for his 15th hundred and first since May last year. His century guided Pakistan to 224-3 at lunch on the third day, just 50 behind New Zealand´s total of 274.
At the break, Asad Shafiq was unbeaten on 55 runs, helping Azhar Ali add 139 runs for an unbroken fourth-wicket stand as Pakistan seek a big lead to force a series-clinching win.
Azhar Ali edged medium pacer Colin de Grandhomme through the slips for his ninth boundary to complete his first century after 18 barren innings.
Azhar Ali completes century by using 210 balls. His last hundred was against the West Indies in Dominica in May 2017.
He has so far stuck 10 boundaries while Asad Shafiq has seven boundaries in his 22nd half-century.
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson took the second new ball in the 81st over with Pakistan comfortably placed at 213-3, but nothing worked for the bowlers on a flat Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch.
Resuming at 139-3, Azhar Ali hit Trent Boult for a boundary off the first ball of the day and then smacked spinner Ajaz Patel for another to enter the eighties.
Boult has figures of 2-54 while fellow pace man Tim Southee has taken 1-39.
The three-match series is tied at 1-1 after New Zealand won the first Test in Abu Dhabi by four runs before Pakistan bounced back with an innings and 16-run win in the second in Dubai.