WILLINGTON (Agencies) Pakistan cruised to a series-levelling victory at the Basin Reserve on Friday, winning the second Test by 141 runs with more than a day to spare. New Zealands quest for 405 - what would have been the highest successful fourth innings run chase - fizzled out at 263 during the middle session on day four. Pace bowler Mohammad Asif appropriately ended a lopsided contest before rain set in, claiming the fifth five-wicket bag of his career - and the man-of-the-match award on the back of a match analysis of nine for 107. Pakistan now head to Napier for the third test beginning on Friday, capable of turning a 0-1 deficit into a series win, as England managed in the summer of 2007-08. Any hope of New Zealand held of reproducing their heroics in Dunedin last weekend were erased inside 37 overs on Friday when their first innings amounted to a feeble 99 runs. From that point on, Pakistan could only be denied their first test victory in 13 matches stretching back to South Africa at Port Elizabeth in January 2007 by a combination of an inspired Ross Taylor and appalling weather. Neither impediment materialised though Taylor again offered the only innings of substance - a hollow 97, his second dismissal in the nineties in consecutive tests. Once Taylor trudged off after edging Mohammad Aamer to first slip half an hour before lunch, Pakistan encountered only token resistance. Brendon McCullums charmed existence ended five balls after the resumption on 24, the wicketkeeper unable to benefit when dropped on 19 - one of six Pakistani fielding blunders. Counterpart Kamran Akmal made no mistake when an edge flashed his way and by gloving the catch, Danish Kaneria was anointed Pakistans most prolific test wicket taking spin bowler. His haul of three for 74 enabled him to draw level and then pass legspinning predecessor Abdul Qadir, who held the previous mark of 236 wickets in 67 tests. Kaneria has 238 wickets in 55 tests and is now fourth on Pakistans all-time test wicket taking list behind fast bowling luminaries Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Imran Khan. New Zealand have only one impressive statistic to reflect on and even Taylors rich vein of form was tempered by a downside. Taylor boosted his series aggregate to 280 runs in four innings at 70 with a bold 135-ball knock studded with nine boundaries and five sixes. SCOREBOARD PAK, 1st innings: 264 all out NEW ZEALAND, 1st innings: 99 Pakistan 2nd innings: 239 all out NEW ZEALAND, 2nd innings Guptill b Asif 15 TG McIntosh lbw b Asif 2 Flynn c Kamran b Asif 20 Taylor c Misbah b Aamer 97 Fulton c Kamran b Aamer 13 Elliott b Kaneria 6 McCullum c Kamran b Kaneria 24 Vettori c Umar Akmal b Asif 40 DR Tuffey lbw b Kaneria 3 IE OBrien c Malik b Asif 31 CS Martin not out 0 EXTRAS: (b 6, lb 6) 12 TOTAL: (all out; 82.5 overs; 370 mins) 263 Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-36, 3-37, 4-80, 5-108, 6-186, 7-206, 8-212, 9-252, 10-263 BOWLING Aamer 16-3-64-2-4.00 Asif 23.5-9-67-5-2.81 Kaneria 31-6-74-3-2.38 Gul 11-2-41-0-3.72 Malik 1-0-5-0-5.00